Written by Lauren and Lília

With Father’s Day just around the corner (Sunday, June 18), we asked ABC staff to share their favorite father reading photos. Here’s a selection. Happy Father’s Day to all who celebrate!

“English is not my ex’s native language. This is a very tired dad who speaks English as a third language struggling through a children’s book as our daughter looks on in blissful ignorance. Her toes!

This picture always makes me smile.”

“I love all Tonke Dragt books and read any of her books with my kid whenever we have the chance.”


“One of my earliest memories around reading is my mom confiscating my books because I was reading too much, and my dad secretly giving them back to me. I definitely get my love for reading from my dad. He loves asking me about books we might have in stock and then telling me we have a good selection. Even though we have completely different tastes in books, our love for reading is something we have in common.”


“There’s nothing more comforting than my  partner reading to our 2 and 3-year-olds in their favorite hiding place.”


“You can also read non-fiction together. Figuring out problems and looking for solutions not through the Internet but with the help of books. Philippe and Veerle are always checking out books when a problem arises.”


“My father used to read to us in bed. He would translate The Happy Prince on the fly from English to Portuguese and it’s still one of my loveliest memories.”


“Reading to my daughters (my lovely youngest one popped by and was coerced into having her picture taken with me :-)) was perhaps my favorite time of day. We loved going to the library every week. Started with the board books, moved up to the picture books and then started on Roald Dahl, Astrid Lindgren and many more before they started on books like The 13-Storey Treehouse themselves.

Great memories!”


“My father often read to me and my siblings when we were young. He’s always had a lot of humor making even serious stories enjoyable and making heavier topics lighter. Later on, when I moved out, in a way he continued telling me stories…by cutting out pieces of the newspaper on topics he knows I find interesting, and he gives them to me when we see each other. I also have many beautiful books on my shelf once given by him – each carefully selected and my name written on the wrapping paper. I am very grateful for all of this.

Happy Father’s Day, dad!”

(And, if you’re still looking for a gift for dad—yours or somebody else’s—check out Ralph Lauren’s Polo Shirt by Ralph Lauren with a forward by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, which puts the history and evolution of this iconic shirt in perspective. We have slashed the price of this 544-page coffee table tome to 12.50 euro in time for Father’s Day.)