by Karen Katz
The book begins with the arrival of Daddy in his baby's room, and he proceeds to hug his baby with all kinds of hugs numbered from one to ten ("eight dancing on daddy's feet cha-cha hugs") as they get ready for bed. The large, colorful illustrations will be engaging for both infants and young children, and the text encourages closeness between fathers and kids while also teaching basic counting skills. This can make reading before bedtime a fun time, which is good for both dads and kids after a long day. It can also help forge emotional connections between them on a daily basis, which can sometimes be a challenging task for fathers. Daddy Hugs is a great book for this purpose, and one which is appropriate for infants as well as young children.