My Dad Couldn't Read

Written & illustrated by Carey Rigby-Wilcox


Bronze Medal Winner 2014


#36: Reading Skills/Literacy


Parents strive to be an inspiration to their children, but what happens when children become an inspiration to their parents?  Carey Rigby-Wilcox tells a powerful story about a boy and his dad and how they come to support each other in their learning.  The lessons they learn take them well beyond their ability to read.


This story reflects Carey’s own experiences as an adult learner and a parent to four children.  Parents are their children’s first teachers and they provide the foundation for their lifelong learning.  When parents struggle with literacy frustration, fear and hopelessness can take over. Carey learned through her literacy tutor, that commitment and support are needed to help others. As Carey became more literate, she became more empowered and now she is an advocate of learning and an active partner in her children’s education.

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Title: My Dad Couldn’t Read

Author: Carey Rigby-Wilcox

Illustrator: Carey Rigby-Wilcox

Publisher: See a Book Take a Look

Published:  2014

Size: 8” x 8”

Format: Full-colour children’s book, 32pp

ISBN:  978-1-927778-01-2

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My Dad Couldn't Read

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Reviewed on 05/27/2017 Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite Life can be challenging, especially if you are unable to understand it. My Dad Couldn't Read by Carey Rigby-Wilcox is a children’s short story about a father who couldn't read. Even though this is a children’s book, it's ideal for adults as well. My Dad Couldn't Read is about inspiration, perseverance and motivation, and will inspire you to move forward with your fears and life challenges. My Dad Couldn't Read is based upon the personal accounts of Carey Rigby-Wilcox’s life. The story has a happy ending because it displays that, with the right tools and help, you can read and enjoy a more fulfilling life. I loved reading My Dad Couldn't Read by Carey Rigby-Wilcox because I fully understand that learning can be frustrating. It must be understood that everyone learns differently. The current routine school environment and learning structure are not designed for every learning style. With the introduction of the common core formula, learning will become more confusing and cause division between children and parents because they will be speaking different languages. In My Dad Couldn't Read, the young boy's dad felt in school that people were against him, but in actuality it was his shame and frustrations that caused his hindrance. In most cases we aren't the only ones feeling these types of inadequacies; others are as well. It is unfortunate that these emotions caused his dad to just give up and drop out of school. But it was wonderful to see that together father and son were able to grow, encourage, and support each other during this trial and time of life.

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Carey Rigby-Wilcox

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Canada, S7K 1N2