Sunday, March 31, 2019


THE HEART OF A BOY is a coffee table book by Katie T. Parker that engages in the national conversation of about how to raise sons to be good people. Through interviewing boys 5 to 19 years old and showcasing candid photographs of them, THE HEART OF A BOY highlights the individuality and uniqueness of each child and highlights that there is no cookie cutter approach when it comes to parenting. This book with nearly 200 photographs, celebrate the strength, honesty and vulnerability of boyhood and reflects upon a myriad of other qualities that make every boy unique.

Published by Workman, THE HEART OF A BOY can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million (BAM), and the IndieBound network of independent book stores. From the picture of a little boy running across a beach holding sea gull feathers while pretending he is flying to one of a teenager warming up for a ballet performance this book provides a wide look at casual moments of fun and times of focused concentration in the lives of boys. A boy demonstrates creating an artistic masterpiece while another shares his struggles with overcoming disabilities. Inspirational and eye opening quotes by youth from across the social spectrum of America combine with photographs to provide a picture of how today's generation of boys are growing up in an era when traditional notions of masculinity are evolving.

Kate T. Parker and Workman Publishing sent a copy of the book to look over. Flipping through the pages of THE HEART OF A BOY is a heart-warming and thought provoking experience which illuminates the fragility and perseverance of childhood. This book is also a vibrant reminder about how fleeting a time youth is yet how lasting an impact it has on a lifetime.

They also provided with a camera for me to take some photos of my son to capture some images of what his boyhood looks like from our family's perspective. This FUJIFILM instax mini 9 camera is really handy! It prints out instant pictures for you right after you click them.

I wanted to share some moments that captured his creativity and playfulness. So I captured the heart of this boy by photographing him spending time playing with our dog. There is just something very special about the bond between a boy and his dog.

Feel free to share your own pictures capturing the essence of boyhood with the rest of us by posting them on Twitter with #HEARTOFABOY and tagging @GEEKDAD248 + @KATETPARKER. I'm glad to give out retweets! And if you aren't following on social media please take a look at our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds. The more the merrier so join on in!

For more information about this author and photographer, visit THE HEART OF A BOY is available now at booksellers. Head over to to find out where to pick up a copy of the book for yourself.

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