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Don't Be Sorry, Dad! (Days with Dad)


Children's Picture Book

: Story of disabled father and daughter.


Written & illustrated by Nari Hong



rights sold

Enchanted lion books (US. English worldwide except South East Asia, 2017) "Days with dad"

leiv Leipziger Kinderbuchverlag GmbH (Germany, German, 2017) "Sei Nicht Traurig, Papa"

Epigram Books (Singapore, English in East-south Asia, 2016) "Don't be sorry, dad!"

Hanulim Special (Korea, Korean, 2015) "아빠, 미안해하지 마세요!"

Kikkuli Förlag AB  (Sweden, Swedish, 2019) "Min pappa och jag"



* on 2020 the shortlist for the Peter Pan Prize

* on 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Books(OIB) List

* A 2018 EUREKA! Honor Award Winner 

* 2018 a Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner 

* on 2017 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 

* on 2017 The AFCC shortlist for the Asian Children’s Book Award(ACBA) by Genting Singapore

* on a 2016 Recommended book list by KPIPA(the Korea Publication Industry Promotion Agency)


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In this heart-warming book for young children, a father who uses a wheelchair because he cannot walk expresses regret for the things he is unable to do with his daughter. The story, narrated by the daughter and based on the author’s own experiences, revolves around an on-going conversation the two have about the father’s concerns that he is falling short as a parent. At every point along the way, the narrator makes it clear that her father should not feel badly: she points out the two of them have found many enjoyable activities to do together. Cosy, warm-hued artwork depicts the interesting life the father and daughter share as well as their obvious affection for each other. The father is almost always shown without his wheelchair – for instance, seated on a park bench or on a picnic blanket close to his daughter – and this quietly reinforces the central idea that what a person can do, rather than what they are unable to do, is what matters the most. Caring relationships are important, too. As the daughter reminds her father, “Sometimes you seem to worry about me, but I’m just happy to be with you every day.”  

( Catalog of IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities, 2017) link here


We will see someday 


Nari Hong's drawing & Seung Joon Ahn's song

what we want to say about 'Death' to our kids

Children's Picture Book



rights sold

sakyejul publishing (Korea, Korean, 2019) "어느 날, 우리는"


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