BOOKS & MOVIES

To help parents and practitioners sort through the overwhelming number of websites, blogs, and other fatherhood-related media in the search for useful resources and important research, The Fatherhood Project features an ongoing, curated selection of high quality, downloadable Videos, Audio Clips, Articles & Books, Research, and Links. Our focus for selecting feature content is on providing practical activities, useable knowledge, and powerful stories about modern fatherhood and family life.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

By John Badalament, EdM

Practical information, road-tested activities, and key skills to help dads meet the everyday challenges of modern fatherhood.

By Paul Raeburn

Overturning the myths and stereotypes of fatherhood using the latest scientific research on dads.

By Mark O’Connell, PhD

A Clinical Psychologist shines a light on clinical examples of what interferes with a man becoming an effective and authoritative father.

 

By Mark O’Connell, PhD

Perhaps the iconic book in the field by one of the pioneers of serious interest in fathering. Much discussion about the need of son for father and father for a son.

By Mark O’Connell, PhD

A novel that focuses on the consequences of a boy’s life gone astray and the father’s sense of responsibility for his contribution.

 

By Mark O’Connell, PhD

Down to earth advice and tips about gathering for your child’s first three years by a long-time professional in the field.

By Mark O’Connell, PhD

Parenting advice developed from recent discoveries about the brain.

 

Essays by athletes and sports figures about how sports have connected fathers to their sons.

 

By Mark O’Connell, PhD

By Dan Siegel, MD

Clear, concise strategies for child development for parents based

 

22 critically acclaimed writers talk about the triumphs, challenges, and transformative experience of fatherhood.

 

By Susan Cheever

A biographical memoir of John Cheever by his daughter.

 

By Libby Leverett-Crew

The daughter of Les Leverett celebrates music and family as she remembers Saturday nights with her father, who was the official photographer for the Grand Ole Opry.

 

By Rachel Vassel

Author Rachel Vassel’s compilation of dozens of stunning photographs and compelling personal essays about African-American women and their fathers.

 

RECOMMENDED MOVIES

Unemployed Antonio Ricci is elated when he finally finds work hanging posters around war-torn Rome. His wife, Maria, sells the family's bed linens to retrieve Antonio's bicycle from the pawnshop so he can take the job. However, disaster strikes when Antonio's bicycle is stolen, and his new job is doomed unless he can find the thief. With the help of his lively son, Bruno, Antonio combs the city, growing increasingly desperate for justice.

 

Tre is sent to live with his father, Furious Styles, in tough South Central Los Angeles. Although his hard-nosed father instills proper values and respect in him, Tre's friends Doughboy and Ricky don't have the same kind of support and are drawn into the neighborhood's booming drug and gang culture, with increasingly tragic results.

Marlin, a clownfish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver and horrified Marlin must set out to find him.

When wealthy John du Pont invites Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz to move to his estate and help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Olympics, Mark sees a way to step out of the shadow of his charismatic brother, Dave. The relationship between the three men gives the movie a smoldering undertone that touches on sibling rivalry and absent fatherhood.

Tom Winston is struggling to raise his three children on his own after his wife's death. They all end up living in an old houseboat, and he hires a beautiful Italian woman as their housekeeper and nanny. The new nanny, however, has run away from her own father and knows no more about housekeeping than Tom does

On the same day Manhattan advertising executive Ted Kramer lands the biggest account of his career, he learns that his wife, Joanna, is leaving him and their young son, Billy. Forced to raise his son alone, Ted loses his job but gains a stronger relationship with the child. When Joanna returns to claim custody of Billy, the ensuing court battle takes a toll on everyone concerned.

A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice, and his wife Dora, a pretty schoolteacher, lead a happy life with their son, Giosue. Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosue are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game.

Evicted from their apartment, Chris Gardner and his young son find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son

A heartwarming story based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Maria becomes a governess in the home of seven children and helps their widowed father reconnect with his children.

Scout Finch and her older brother, Jem, live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama. When Atticus, their widowed father, and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson against fabricated rape charges, the trial, and tangential events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.

 

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