Book Celebration Day 5 | My Dad’s Job

With the release of Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: A Little Magic on October 21, 2021, I am officially the author of FIFTEEN diverse picture books for kids!

Pop back to the Make A Way Media blog on October 1st-15th and follow along as I share one title at a time and what inspired me to create that particular picture book.

Book Celebration Day 5 | My Dad’s Job

Being a father is one of the hardest jobs on earth and that’s why I wrote My Dad’s Job.

My Dad's Job

This vibrant picture book tells the story of a dedicated father who teaches his son how to be a responsible, intelligent, and loving person. This sweet story will remind adult readers that their children are watching and listening to them as examples of what it means to be responsible, stable, and caring.

Yes, I know that picture books are not the “go-to” present idea for most dads…but they certainly should be.

It’s like all of the kids’ movies that hit the theaters every month. They are created for children, but adults love them too and all the memories that go with them!

Picture books are kind of the same way. Think about going to your local bookstore and buying a copy of Where the Wild Things Are just because you loved that book so much you just want to read it again and take it home so you have time to really sit with the illustrations and check out all the cool things you missed as a kid.

Again, memory-making is paired with quality bonding time with the small humans in your life.

Dads all over the world love this book. One notable dad, Serge Smagarinsky, a.k.a Picture Book Guy lives in Australia. I was very fortunate to meet him through my work with Multicultural Children’s Book Day. In a review of this book, Serge noted that My Dad’s Job has a “clever” message about how a father can be present and parent a child.

The Louisville Book Festival 2021 is coming!


This online (Zoom) gathering continues to provide the opportunity to celebrate the city’s culture and vibrancy and reach the goal that all students have access to books in their homes.

Highway 65 is the divide between east and west Louisville. West of 65, there are no book stores which greatly reduces access to books for our children and youth, creating a book desert. Our goal for the Louisville Book Festival is to ensure every child that attends the Book Festival on Children’s Day leaves with at least one free age-appropriate book. We will continue to work on the goal of getting books into the hands of children year-round through our programs like It Pays to Read.

This 501(c) (3) non-profit organization was founded in 2018 to celebrate and promote the love and the benefits of reading, writing, and literacy. We believe that literacy is a fundamental human right and that there is power and purpose in bringing books to life every day of the year. We celebrate books and use them to highlight and grow the resilient culture of our vibrant city, as well as to encourage and elevate our creative thinking as a community. This book is open to the public and we will have amazing authors from all over the nation on hand to talk books and sign copies.

Please join us on October 22nd and 23rd, 2021 via ZOOM for excitement and exploration of all things books! Visit the website for more details.

Connect with The Louisville Book Festival via their website or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 15 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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