Michael Gardner and Nadia Fisher - Daddy Dressed Me - In Partnership with DCPL at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Upcoming Event
Saturday, May 20, 2023 - 11:00am

This event is In-person at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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Politics and Prose is happy to partner with DC Public Library and DC Public Library Foundation for a Beyond the Book Family Event with author Michael Gardner and illustrator Nadia Fisher featuring their new picture book, Daddy Dressed Me.

A limited number of complimentary copies of Daddy Dressed Me will be available to families to add to their home library courtesy of the DC Public Library Foundation. Copies will be available first come, first serve at the event only, books will not be available for pick up before or after the event on May 20th.


It’s Move Up Day for Ava and her kindergarten class, and Ava is chosen to recite a poem! She worries about remembering the words, but her daddy reassures her he will help her practice until she’s confident. But Daddy struggles with self-doubt himself when he decides to sew Ava a new dress for the occasion but isn’t sure he knows the stitches and techniques to make her a one-of-a-kind creation. Word by word and stitch by stitch, father and daughter work together, helping each other stand tall, proud, and confident, wrapped in love.

About the Author

Michael Gardner is the creator of Daddy Dressed Me, a fashion content blog featuring designs by the thirty-seven-year-old father and modeled by his ten-year-old daughter, Ava. Gardner started creating designs for Ava when she was just three years old, refashioning thrifted women’s clothing. He was looking for a new way to strengthen his relationship with his daughter and, after seeing his sister sew, decided to pick up the hobby. They live in Philadelphia.

About the Illustrator

Nadia Fisher, based in Washington, DC, is a self-taught artist and illustrator striving to normalize inclusion in children’s books and the illustration world. She wants children from all backgrounds to be able to see themselves in the books they read, and she works to instill a sense of confidence and joy in them as well. When she is not drawing or painting, you can either find Nadia spending time with her husband and daughter (probably biking or roller skating) or binge-watching shows, documentaries, and movies on Netflix. She also loves to get away from the busyness of the city by visiting nearby state parks with her family.

Ages 4-8

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

Please review library guidelines for masking requirements.


901 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Child & Teen
Daddy Dressed Me By Michael Gardner, Ava Gardner, Nadia Fisher (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665921954
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Aladdin - March 28th, 2023