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You Made Me a Dad

Laurenne Sala, Mike Malbrough (Illustrator)


List Price: 15.99*
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Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List

“The absolute perfect Father’s Day gift for brand new dads, this fun little book showcases all the fabulous opportunities that come with this amazing new job.”
— Angie Talley, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
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A picture book for expectant fathers and already-fathers everywhere—a perfect gift for Father's Day and baby showers.

In this touching celebration of fatherhood, the close bond between parent and child comes to life with heartwarming resonance.

Laurenne Sala’s tranquil text, accompanied by Mike Malbrough’s tender watercolor illustrations, creates a warm look at the joys, fears, and responsibilities of being a dad over the years. Tear-inducing in the best way, and a great companion to the team's You Made Me a Mother.

I loved you before I saw you.

When you were just a heartbeat.

Then a picture.

Then a teeny-tiny kick...

Praise For You Made Me a Dad

“Malbrough’s watercolor and digital illustrations bring warmth, energy, and dimension to this celebration of fatherhood.”
Publishers Weekly

“A joyful and tender love letter to fatherhood.”
Kirkus Reviews

HarperCollins, 9780062396945, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

About the Author

Laurenne Sala, author of You Made Me a Mother, is a storyteller, poet, and writer of everything from television commercials to jokes for the stage to the occasional viral video. When she isn’t writing her own essays and making people cry, Laurenne leads workshops that help others write their very personal stories. She loves blueberries, her cat named Cheddar, riding her bike along the beach, and being a mom. Laurenne lives with her husband and daughter in Los Angeles, where she likes to look at the ocean and wonder what is on the other side.

Mike Malbrough is a creator of picture books, and a former graphic designer, comic book artist, performer, and teacher. He is the author-illustrator of his celebrated debut picture book, Marigold Bakes a Cake. Mike lives in Orange, New Jersey, with his wife, two adventurous kids, and a cat named Agnes.