In a society that still believes in the idea that expressing emotions makes men weak, only fathers can pass down the understanding that being gentle and caring does not make him any less tough, rather it enriches his character. 

Hence, a son learning from his dad’s example of love and compassion will see that being vulnerable is a sign of true inner strength. 

And so, one hopeful writer is underlining the powerful role that fathers play in shaping sons who will grow up with the emotional intelligence and heart to make the world a little bit better, just by being themselves.

Best-Selling Children’s Author, Lesléa Newman, joins our John Masiulionis and Little Forrest on Episode #211 of PR From The Heart’s Children’s Books Spotlight Series to share her brand new children’s book, Like Father, Like Son, her inspiring author journey, the role of children’s books in fostering empathy and compassion in young readers, and the importance of creating safe spaces for boys to express their emotions, the power of addressing gender stereotypes in children’s literature, the impact of depicting positive masculinity on their relationships, simple ways to make the father-son bonding time more meaningful, and much more. 

We encourage you, our fellow neighbors, to support Lesléa by purchasing your copies of Like Father, Like Son, and enjoying this empowering reads with your little ones:

  • Like Father, Like Son copyright © 2024 by Lesléa Newman • Illustrations copyright © 2024 by AG Ford. Courtesy of Abrams Kids. All Rights Reserved..


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Children’s Books Spotlight Series Episode #211: Lesléa Newman | Like Father Like Son