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My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A picture book of poems that celebrate fathers from a two-time Coretta Scott King Honor--winning poet.

Who is your hero? Who’s your best friend?
Who says he loves you again and again?

Told through the voice of a child, Anita Hope Smith's My Daddy Rules the World collection of poems celebrates everyday displays of fatherly love, from guitar lessons and wrestling matches
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice poems about dads. My son was identifying with many of the dads and I felt a variety of dad personality types were reflected in the poems.
Written Melodies
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Oh, such a wonderful celebration of dads! The illustrations perfectly depict each poem. The faceless pictures allow readers to imagine themselves as the child and their father as the dad in each poem. Although I love every poem, my favorites are "Some Dads," "Remember This," "My First Book," and "My Daddy." I cried while reading a few of them. I recommend every library: classroom, public, and school to have a copy of this book.
Just in time for Father's Day but useful all year round, this collection of 15 poems celebrates fathers and all the small acts that make them so important to their children. I'm tempted to say that the poems provide tips for how to be a good father to anyone who is struggling with that as well as offering reasons for the rest of us to give our dads a hug because of the simple things they do and are to us. Since the poet uses the voice of a child to express emotions or to describe these fathers, ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Daddy Rules the World is a picture book of poems written by Anita Smith to honor fathers. The poems in the book speaks about different activities and experiences that a father may have with their child (learning how to ride a bike, playing baseball, dancing together, learning how to play a guitar). The descriptions in the poem are colorful and vivid that its almost as if you were there. Just like the author wrote poems about fathers, children can write their own poems about their fathers or m ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Coretta Scott King Award winner Smith returns with a new collection of poetry and illustrations that focuses on fathers. The book shows fathers who make breakfast and chat contrasted with others whose work keeps them far away but still in contact. There are fathers who cut hair, others who dance, others who wrestle or play catch. They teach their children to ride bikes or play instruments or read. Each poem is told in the voice of the child of that father and shows how very different dads can be ...more
Ashtyn Butler
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The theme of this book was all about the things that dads do for their children big and small. It focuses on the natural love that children have for their dads. I loved this book and how positive it was. It has a feel-good nature to it that made it so enjoyable to read through. I find the art in this book to be really cool. The pictures seem to be created from torn pieces of paper. The pictures in the story do not have any faces which is cool because the reader can then imagine or insert who the ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is not a day that passes without me thinking of my dad. Something will trigger a memory of something he said or something he did. There was nothing that man could not mend. More than twenty years have come and gone but the sound of his laughter rings inside my mind as if he's in the room with me.

I can still see him sitting after a hard day's work in "his" chair reading one of his beloved historical fiction titles. After reading My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads (Christy Ottaviano
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Smith, Hope My Daddy Rules the World: Poem about Dads, PICTURE BOOK. Christy Ottaviano Books(HenryHolt), 2017. $18.

This book features short poems about dads. Dads that are in the military, dads that read to you, dads that make you laugh, dads that play baseball, and many more. Illustrations are collage style.
The rhyming schemes in the book would be incredibly easy for student’s readers to understand and enjoy. Every reader would find a dad poem that reminded them of their own dad. The face less
RLL22017 Jackie Reynoso
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Daddy Rules the World by Hope Anita Smith is a heartwarming book that includes lots of rhyming poems about Dads. I really enjoyed reading the book because it illustrates how children feel about their fathers, activities they enjoy doing with them and how they help them learn. These poems surely capture meaningful moments between father and child that it will allow children to relate to at least one of the poems. My favorite poem was “Learning to Ride” because it made me recall when my dad tau ...more
Reading for 2017 Beehive Poetry long list nominees. When I first read through this, I liked most of the poems. But now that we're in a slightly different dad situation, I was disappointed none seemed to cover that. But on a second read through, I saw that various aspects still did. And that it is nice to see many types of dads portrayed. Many children will be able to find at least one poem they can relate to. Even the illustrations with the featureless faces allow if for the kids to be able to c ...more
Cassandra M
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This book contains poems about the relationship between a child and their dad. I really loved how the illustrations were a silhouette of the father and child. I also thought this book had everyday scenarios that children would find it easy to relate to. For example, what you do when daddy sleeps, how daddy makes breakfast on Sunday mornings, or how you miss daddy when he is away. I would use this book to model poetry with students. There is rhyming included, and descriptive words to help visuali ...more
Sandy Brehl
This isn't the first (or last) collection of poems I'll read about Dads, (or Moms or families in general) but it does offer some very special qualities. The author/illustrator's approach uses stark white backgrounds with collage art that feels comfortably familiar and yet suggests distinct ethnicities and styles. Collage can be somewhat static in effect, but these are filled with action and emotion, scaffolding the universality of the text, the relationships, and the strength a child can gain fr ...more
Niki Marion
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Honestly idk how Smith gets these paper torn illustrations so perfectly precise. They're magnificent. I also love the variety of representation: Smith includes all skin types, and not every dad & child "match." For me, this reinforces the truth that families come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and whether related by blood or not, whether children resemble their parents or not, the love a parent has for their child trumps all other considerations.

I hate holiday-marketed books, but this is
Rebecca Ratnasingham
-Beautiful collection of poems about Dad (some silly, some serious)
-ex) poem about dad faraway, poem about stay at home dad, poem about a dad and son after the son has been disciplined, poem about reading a book with dad (could spark a conversation about who I like to read with at home?)

-Can use for poetry exploration
-Could be difficult for children who do not have father figures in their life
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poetry is one of my favorite things to read when I have to. Reading this book that has many different poems about a special figure in all children lives is something that makes it so relatable to young children. Especially when it has many different types of poems which have a different occasion when we interact with our fathers. this book will be great for like after day to show them how much we should appreciate them so much.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There should be more information and thanks to dads out there. My favorite poem was the one about the stay-at-home dad. Men get crap for that, but women get crap for staying at home too. So who takes care of the kids? I love how one poem is about a kid getting in trouble, but the dad still loving him. I love the poem about a kid wanting to play catch but dad is too busy ... until he's there suddenly. These are great poems celebrating dads!
This is a terrific, heartwarming collection of poems celebrating fathers. The poems are playful, heartfelt, and whimsical as they show dads in all the different roles they play: musicians, barbers, and sports coaches. Illustrated with torn paper collages in warm, inviting colors, this picture book would be an awesome gift on Father's Day or for expectant dads. It would also make a great addition to the poetry collection in any classroom library.
Jo Oehrlein
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
A selection of poems about dads, illustrated with torn paper collages.

The poems aren't all about the same dad. One is a stay at home dad. Another is a military dad who is deployed. There's a dad who has disciplined a child for doing wrong. And a dad who holds early morning dates with his kid while everyone else is asleep.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite poem is Remember This, which uses the picture from the book cover. I liked how the fathers were depicted in different jobs and roles in life. The illustrations were creative in showing different ethnicity, but at the same time showing no real facial features, so it could be anyone's dad.
Rather amorphous illustrations of diverse father/child pairings; the thing I like about this book is the positive light in which it portrays fathers interacting with their children, something which is rather left out among all those lovey books with mother/daughter pairings.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Mock Caldecott Awards. This is a very sweet book of poems which celebrates fatherhood in all it's variations. I wasn't wild about the actual illustrations because none of the people had faces but it could be the author left them blank with the intentions of letting the child who reads the book (or has it read to them) picture his/her face along with their father's face.
Caitlyn Hanley
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I love this compilation of poetry because I am a huge daddy's girl, so this is a book of poetry that could be used around Father's Day, but you definitely need to know your classroom (if in school) before incorporating it because you do not want students to feel left out or uncomfortable.
Teresa Edmunds
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hope Smith lovingly and accurately describes the many roles of fathers through her wonderful poetry. Fathers comfort. Fathers teach. Fathers support. And so much more. Smith tenderly reminds us that fathers matter; that men matter; and the family relationships matter. Fabulous book!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
June 2017 - Poems that work great for reading aloud, showing all different kinds of father/child relationships. Some funny, some heartfelt. Ben was worried that things were ripped in the pictures, since they're torn-paper collage!
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
These are really accessible poems about dads in all kinds of situations. Dads of different shades are represented, and the illustrations are done in paper collage. Readers will recognize their own dads in at least one of these poems!
This is a great picture book full of poetry to celebrate fathers everywhere, and their important job of Fathering.
Miss Erica
This is a great picture book full of poetry to celebrate fathers everywhere, and their important job of Fathering.
Tracy Holland
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute poems with Dads as the topic. Some poems were more primary, but all expressed a love for dad. This would make a good Father's Day book, or writing idea for Father's day.
Lovely lyrical verses that celebrate dads and all they do. The child's points of view are tender and accurate.
Savannah Rollins
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-308-books
This is a great book that could be read near fathers day and would be beneficial for a poetry unit.
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On her journey to becoming an award-winning author, Hope Anita Smith has been a storyteller, teacher, photographer, artist and a singer. Her first book, THE WAY A DOOR CLOSES won several awards including, The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, the Judy Lopez award from the Women's National Book Association, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor, the Claudia Lewis Award from Bank Street Coll ...more