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Because I'm Your Dad

Because I'm Your Dad

by Ahmet Zappa Illustrated by Dan Santat

Because I'm your dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub.

In a text that's both playful and loving, a father expresses his hopes and dreams for a one-of-a-kind relationship with his child. Whimsical monster characters bring the silly and sweet scenes to life and keep the book universal. The book's ending, a moving tribute to the author's father, guarantees intergenerational appeal.

Because I'm your dad, I will do all of these things for you and more...
because that's what my dad did for me.

Ages
3, 4, 5, 6
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 1
Lexile Measure
AD450L
DRA
18
Guided Reading
K
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Number of Pages
32

About the Author and Illustrator

Ahmet Zappa
Contributor Image Alt Tag Dan Santat Dan Santat, author and illustrator of The Guild of Geniuses, was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in California. Santat attended the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with a B.S in Biology. He went on to receive an illustration degree from the Art Center College for Design, where he graduated with honors.

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