Deployed dads deliver #FathersDay message w/ @UTR4Military & #GuessHowMuchILoveYou

21 Jun

Happy Father’s Day to the best dad around – my dad (of course I am bias) 🙂

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I am lucky that I get to spend father’s day with my dad. There are many kids out there who aren’t so lucky. Their dad’s are far away serving our country. I was invited to share this special dad’s day post and am happy to do it because I think it is awesome.

 

Bestselling storybook Guess How Much I Love You and nonprofit United Through Reading help deployed military dads deliver a special message to their kids, perfect for Father’s Day

While millions of children 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.

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jennifer Kleve, left, a medic with Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah, helps set up a camera for U.S. Army Capt. Jacob Estrada, right, security force commander for the PRT, prior to his participation in a United Through Reading Read-a-thon on FOB Farah, Jan. 18.  Participants in the program were encouraged to read to children in their families or to students at Birch Elementary in Idaho, to promote childhood literacy.  United Through Reading is a non-profit organization that enables deployed service members to share their love and support with their children by reading books aloud on DVD.  PRT Farah's mission is to train, advise, and assist Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district, and provincial levels in Farah province Afghanistan.  Their civil military team is comprised of members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup/released)

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jennifer Kleve, left, a medic with Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah, helps set up a camera for U.S. Army Capt. Jacob Estrada, right, security force commander for the PRT, prior to his participation in a United Through Reading Read-a-thon on FOB Farah, Jan. 18. Participants in the program were encouraged to read to children in their families or to students at Birch Elementary in Idaho, to promote childhood literacy. United Through Reading is a non-profit organization that enables deployed service members to share their love and support with their children by reading books aloud on DVD. PRT Farah’s mission is to train, advise, and assist Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district, and provincial levels in Farah province Afghanistan. Their civil military team is comprised of members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup/released)

Nonprofit United Through Reading keeps military families connected by offering service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children at home from locations worldwide. Although the story may be recorded in a tent in Afghanistan, the child sitting at home watching it can feel like daddy’s home for a few moments before they go to sleep, or whenever they need him. Guess How Much I Love You celebrates the unique bond between father and child, and has struck a chord with many military families. The story serves as a reminder to children that no matter how far away they may be from their parent, their love remains strong enough to bridge even the greatest distances.

A boy listens to a reading recorded by his grandfather, U.S. Coast Guard Chaplain Gregory N. Todd

A boy listens to a reading recorded by his grandfather, U.S. Coast Guard Chaplain Gregory N. Todd

This heartfelt video was created especially for Father’s Day and features military parents reading Guess How Much I Love You to their children back home in a United Through Reading recording. Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/-PvcCmSkfZE

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This program is making a difference in people’s lives.

Here are some quotes from families who have taken part in the United Through Reading program.

​ “The one thing that the kids wanted more than anything — time with their daddy — I could not give them but United Through Reading did.  I cannot thank UTR enough for what they do.  It is truly an amazing gift that they have given to our family and words will never be enough to express our gratitude! Rex recorded Guess How Much I Love You with United Through Reading. We love it and it is one of our favorites!
Veronica Boblett, Navy Spouse 

 

Pearl was only 5 weeks old when her Daddy left on a 9 month deployment with the USS George H.W. Bush. It was a tough time for us all. We were understandably worried that she might not remember him by the time he got back….We really believe that the videos Austin recorded with United Through Reading helped Pearl to bond with her Daddy the most.”

Emma Kolar, Navy Spouse

 

GHMILY Anniversary Edition Cover ArtGuess 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 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. Find United for reading online at www.unitedthroughreading.org

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

22 Responses to “Deployed dads deliver #FathersDay message w/ @UTR4Military & #GuessHowMuchILoveYou”

  1. Darlene June 21, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    What a cool idea. I´m glad you are having fun with your awesome dad today!!

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  2. rnewman504 June 21, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    Erik, This is a wonderful post! Hope you and your dad have a great day.

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  3. LRWLee June 21, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    That is awesome! Having a son in the Air Force I can get how special this program is for families.

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  4. Joanna June 21, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    Very cool post, Erik. Cheers!

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  5. Alan Tucker June 21, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Sounds like a great program and it’s a great book. I read that to my daughters when they were little. 🙂 Happy Father’s Day to your dad and I hope you two have a great time together!

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  6. Erika Weibel June 21, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    hiErik. That’s , a really good idea, and informative write up….great pic of you and Eli And I’m sure he’s the best Dad ever… big HUGS to all you guys…..love mum mum….⭕️🙆🏻🙋🏻🎂🎈🎉🌟💞🌸😍😄🙈🙉🙊🌟

    Have a great day.

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  7. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews June 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    Nice Father’s Day post, Erik. I hope you and your dad have a great day! 🙂

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  8. julie rowan zoch June 21, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    A very special and gracious way to show the appreciation you have for your own father by shining a light on those who can’t be with theirs! Thank you for being the great kid you are!

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  9. Patricia Tilton June 21, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    What a fabulous program for military families. Excellent post!

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  10. heylookawriterfellow June 22, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    An wonderful book and a wonderful program.

    And I’ve heard that your dad is not fond of cats. So he is clearly a wonderful fellow.

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  11. LovableLobo June 23, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    I can’t tell you how much I ❤ this program and your post, Erik!

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