Dallas Couple Encourages Kids Without Fathers In Special Book Series.

While many kids grow up in single-parent households, those whose fathers aren’t a part of their lives often feel that missing piece.

But the way Derrich and Requill Phillips see it, there are father figures everywhere! The only problem is children don’t always recognize them. That’s why the Dallas parents made it their mission to highlight the male role models children encounter every day.

phillips family

When the couple started their project, they set out to tackle two issues. First, they hoped to raise the literacy rate by encouraging more African American children to read. They also wanted to send the message that children without dads can choose their own father figures. Now they’re working toward both with their children’s book series, “Father Figures.”

derrich and requill with father figure books

“I wanted to create a book that the parents and kids could discover their village through the mentors and father figures,” Derrich told NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. “I wanted to highlight the men who are dedicated to being positive male role models.”

derrich reads father figures

From coaches to policemen, young boys in Derrich’s book — and girls in Raquel’s — see they’re surrounded by male leaders and mentors. Through their interactions with these figures, they also learn more about the person they want to be when they grow up. Boys discover what it means to be a man, and girls open their minds to future careers choices.

“I just want young girls to know that even if your father is not in your home, there are other male role models within your family, community or village that can step up and fill that role,” Requille added.

requill reads father figures

What a great way to give kids a sense of community and put a positive spin on diverse families!  You can find the Phillips’ book for boys here, and the one for girls here.

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