Channing Tatum: Building a Father-Daughter Connection Through Reading

Channing Tatum has been wearing many hats lately, while he’s co-parenting his daughter, Everly, with his ex – Jenna Dewan. He says he’s painting his face and wearing tutus and is rarely around the house without any sort of a costume when he’s with his little girl.

Channing Tatum: Building a Father-Daughter Connection Through Reading
Channing Tatum: Building a Father-Daughter Connection Through Reading

Channing Tatum Is Releasing a Kids Book

The bond he has with the 7-year-old Everly has been an inspiration for his first-ever picture book – The One and Only Sparkella. The book will be out on the 4th of May this year. The blingy outfits on the daughter and her father will make the book enticing for kids, but the big lesson in it is to find the confidence to be yourself.

Channing Tatum: Building a Father-Daughter Connection Through Reading

Is Tatum’s Daughter Sparkella?

Everly is Sparkella on many different levels. Just like the book character, Everly loves to play tricks, wear fun outfits, and be different from the rest. She’s beautiful and bold in so many ways! Her dad also commented that they have played a lot in her room during the quarantine and this is what helped a lot with the story. He continued by saying he was even inspired by items of hers he found when she was not staying with him.

His Message to Fathers

Channing Tatum said that dads should not be afraid to get into their daughters’ worlds and find out who they are. He mentioned the fear he had about connecting with Everly once he became a single father. He never wore nail polish or knew how to braid hair but now says he does both. This has led him into a magical world and discovered love and connection like no other!

Books Channing Tatum and his daughter Everly enjoy reading together before bed
Channing Tatum: Building a Father-Daughter Connection Through Reading

Reading Before Bed

Tatum said he usually reads about five books every night with his daughter. They would take turns and each one would read a book. They have a favorite picture book called The Farmer and the Clown, by Marla Frazee. He says the cool thing about the picture book is that you can come up with a different story every time you go through it, which is very fun to do with kids. He and his daughter also enjoy Red: A Crayon’s Story, by Michael Hall. A story about a red crayon that’s actually blue and the others need to accept that he cannot be red but love him for his blueness. It’s a story with a great meaning behind it!