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Paul Howard's Top Book Recommendations

Want to know what books Paul Howard recommends on their reading list? We've researched interviews, social media posts, podcasts, and articles to build a comprehensive list of Paul Howard's favorite book recommendations of all time.


My Dad's a Birdman

"Flight as a metaphor for love's transcendence over grief takes a new form in this comic piece of magical realism."
-School Library Journal
In a rainy town in the north of England, there are strange goings-on. Dad is building a pair of wings, eating flies, and feathering his nest. Auntie Doreen is getting cross and making dumplings. Contest barker Mr. Poop is parading the streets shouting louder and louder, and even Mr. Mint, the headmaster, is not quite himself. And watching it all is Lizzie, missing her mam and looking after Dad by letting him follow his newfound whimsy. From an...
Recommended by Paul Howard, and 1 others.

Paul HowardThis is a book about a father expressing his grief – I don’t think you would have had a story like this 15 years ago. (Source)

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This is the story of Jake Biggs and his dad, George. George spends all week knocking down buildings ... and all weekend knocking down wrestlers. He's the Demolition Man, and Jake couldn't be prouder. But when Jake hears about a pro-wrestling competition in the USA, and persuades his beloved dad to apply, things don't quite turn out the way he expected...

This is DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD in Spandex, a hilarious, warm-hearted story from a talented writer.
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Paul HowardThis story depicts a strong and loving relationship between father and son. (Source)

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My Dad Used to Be So Cool

Keith Negley's playful and emotional art tells this story of a new father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. He looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world.

Keith Negley is an award-winning editorial illustrator with a penchant for emotionally driven illustration. He's been published in a wide range of major newspapers and national magazines, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and New...
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Paul HowardThis is excellent visual storytelling and beautifully shows how having a child is transformative. (Source)

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Trixie can't wait to show off her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny at school. But a dreadful surprise awaits - Trixie's bunny is not so one-of-a-kind after all. And matters get worse that night when Trixie realises that she has brought home the wrong bunny. less
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Paul HowardI love that the dad in this story seems to be the main carer. He takes her to school and he picks her up. (Source)

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Pete's a Pizza Board Book

Pete's father starts kneading the dough. Next, some oil is generously applied. (Its really water.) And then some tomatoes. (They're really checkers.) When the dough gets tickled, it laughs like crazy. less
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Paul HowardIt’s really inventive and imaginative – they just use things lying around the house to make up a story. (Source)

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