A book prescription for imminent fathers or if you are already one :) Enjoy!
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Room Temperature (Fiction) by Nicholson Baker
A series of musings of home life and looking after a tiny being with the story centred around feeding episodes of his little baby, Bug. Perfect for first-time fathers.
To Kill A Mockingbird (Fiction) by Harper Lee
This American classic is an essential primer for parenting as it inspires and teaches us so eloquently about life skills, justice and equality. A parenting manual set against the backdrop of courtroom drama, it is a must for the home coffee table or bedside.
A provincial lawyer whose wife has died, Atticus Finch, father to Jem, a ten-year old boy and Scout a six-year old girl. A progressive father who talks to his young children like they are adults, he acts as a strong mentor and role model to his kids instilling beautiful parental values such as being true to yourself, honouring your values, being brave, always lending your ear to both sides of the story, remaining calm in a crisis situation and having faith in your children.
More book prescriptions can be found at Book Therapy.
A big hello and thank you for reading! Passionate about literature, psychology, and life I launched Book Therapy as an alternative form of therapy using the power of literature. I train mental health professionals, librarians, teachers as well as readers on using bibliotherapy in their own work through our online Bibliotherapy, Literature and Mental Health course. We also curate reading lists/personalised book prescriptions for clients based on their individual needs. This is our signature personalised reading service.
You can also check out Book Therapy’s other free reading lists and A- Z of book prescriptions (covering both fiction and non-fiction). These suggest books based on your existing life situation (e.g. anxiety, job change, relationship heartache) as well as interests (e.g memoir, historical fiction, non-fiction, crime etc). There’s also a Children’s A — Z of Book Prescriptions. Feel free to check out the blog for more literary gems. There’s also a post on my personal story of how I entered the world of bibliotherapy and book curation.
In this role, I have had the opportunity to publish a book called The Happiness Mindset, and write various literary essays and pieces for newspapers and magazines. I have undertaken bibliotherapy workshops for The United Nations, various libraries in New York and corporate organisations in the UK and US. My book recommendations have featured in the Guardian, Marie Claire, NBC News, Asian Voice, New York Observer, Sydney Telegraph and various other publications. If you are a parent you might enjoy a podcast I’ve recorded with speech and language therapist Sunita Shah on Raising A Reader & Storyteller. And if you’d like to connect, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.booktherapy.io.
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