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Dad wakes early every morning before the sun, heading off to work at the bakery. He kneads, rolls, and bakes, and as the sun rises and the world starts its day, Dad heads home to his young daughter. Together they play, read, garden, and—most importantly—they bake.
This lovely, resonant picture book was inspired by muralist Katie Yamasaki’s work with formerly incarcerated people. With subtle, uncluttered storytelling amplified by her monumental and heartfelt paintings, she has created a powerful story of love, of family, and of reclaiming a life with joy.
About the Author
Katie Yamasaki works primarily as a muralist and picture book creator. She has painted more than 80 murals round the world, and her most recent book is Dad Bakes. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their daughter.
Richly saturated, dynamic paintings showcase expressive, inclusive community, and intricately detailed spreads offer plenty to pore over in this meditative tale centering the significance of daily rhythms as well as familial and community love. — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This deeply empathetic title invites conversation and participation from so many angles; it is a must for all collections. — School Library Journal (starred review)
Weave[s] a picture of love and devotion, of parenthood and childhood enjoyed to its fullest.... Full of quiet moments of joy and affirmation. — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The story's text is short and poetic, further directing readers' focus to the book's glorious art. Yamasaki's paintings create a dreamlike atmosphere throughout. — Horn Book Magazine