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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows how feelings about family members, especially parents, can be complicated.
You aren't alone in missing an absent parent, and it's OK to feel lots of different ways.
Positive Role Models
The young girl has lots of support at school from teachers and counselors, and at home from her mom and grandma.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mariame Kaba's Missing Daddy uses simple language and gentle images to reassure a girl with an imprisoned dad that she isn't alone and her complex feelings matter. The young Black girl's feelings bounce from happy to sad, hurt to comforted, with the same jumbled emotions that many young readers with incarcerated family members can relate to. The illustrations by Bria Royal are soft and simple, able to hold together both the child's anxiety about visiting day and her sweet memories of her dad. The discussion guide at the end of the book offers important questions for children and caregivers.
Is It Any Good?
This essential book for children facing the absence of incarcerated parents uses clear, compassionate language to connect and reassure. It's also a reminder to caregivers that children's feelings are complicated, contradictory, and completely valid. The warm, loving illustrations in Missing Daddy pull on heartstrings, showing fireflies dancing on the edges of the page and her nervous excitement for visiting day when she can see her daddy. The discussion guide at the end offers well-considered questions to help readers understand the complex nature of situations they might not be able to imagine, and a way for children with absent family members to feel heard.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.