Although millions of children in the US will be celebrating Father’s Day with their dads on June 21, for many children whose fathers are serving in the military, dad won’t be at home. But thanks to nonprofit United Through Reading and a very special storybook, there’s a way for every dad to tell his kids he loves them this Father’s Day – however far away he might be.
United Through Reading helps thousands of military men and women separated from the children in their lives during deployment to share in the magical bedtime story experience together, wherever they are in the world. And so service members all over the country – and the world – have the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children at home, whether it’s from a tent in Afghanistan, a base in Djibouti, Africa, or one of nearly 200 recording locations worldwide.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram is one of United Through Reading’s most popular book choices, especially for Father’s Day – its story celebrates the unique bond between father and child. The tale of Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare’s attempts to measure their love for one another has resonated with parents and children all over the world, and has struck a particular chord with military families facing separation. A global bestseller celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Guess How Much I Love You has become one of the world’s best loved picture books.
“Guess How Much I Love You is one of United Through Reading’s favorite book titles,” says United Through Reading CEO, Dr. Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D. “Since it was written 20 years ago, we have been providing the storybook to service members near and far to record for their loved ones at home. The story is simple, but the message is a very special one, reassuring little ones at home that a Father’s love is immeasurable with the beloved line, ‘I love you right up to the moon and back.’ For service members who are away from home, the story serves as a reminder that their love can close the distance. This book is a treasure!”
Learn more: Deployed dads deliver #FathersDay message with @UTR4Military and #GuessHowMuchILoveYou
A heartfelt video especially for Father’s Day featuring military parents reading Guess How Much I Love You to their children back home in a United Through Reading recording. http://youtu.be/-PvcCmSkfZE
ABOUT UNITED THROUGH READING
United Through Reading is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public benefit organization that has been around for more than 25 years; it’s mission is to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. United Through Reading offers service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to children at home which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections, and cultivates a love of reading and early childhood literacy. At nearly 200 recording locations worldwide, service members can read to the children who are special to them from units on ships, in tents in Afghanistan, on bases around the world, and at more than 40 USO centers worldwide. Since its inception, nearly 2 million military parents, spouses and children have benefited from the program.
ABOUT GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU
IBSN: 9780763674489 $16.99 / $19.00
Guess How Much I Love You is celebrating its 20thanniversary in 2015.Now available in a deluxe anniversary edition, Guess How Much I Love You is one of the most successful children’s books of all time, selling 28 million copies and published in 53 languages. Published by Candlewick Press, Sam McBratney’s timeless, endearing story of Big and Little Nutbrown Hare, beautifully rendered in Anita Jeram’s watercolours, has charmed people of all ages. It has become one of the world’s best-loved picture books, and the phrase ‘I love you right up to the moon and back’ has come to signify a way of saying ‘I love you’ to someone special. You can find out more about this extraordinary book here http://www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com/us.
ABOUT CANDLEWICK PRESS
Candlewick Press is an independent publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For over twenty years, Candlewick has published outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and ’Ology series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You, Where’s Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together with Walker Books UK in London and Walker Books Australia. The Walker Books Group has a unique ownership structure that includes all of its employees worldwide. Visit Candlewick online at www.candlewick.com