Sagaponack’s Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, made a special Father’s Day weekend appearance at Harbor Books on Saturday for a reading and signing of his new children’s book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada.
The Sag Harbor bookstore had 800 copies waiting for eager patrons. “It’s going to be madness here,” predicted Chris Byrd, who has been a bookseller at Harbor Books since it opened last November. And madness it was.
As predicted, lines were down the block, everyone in attendance eager to get their hands on a copy of Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada and to see Fallon present his second children’s book, aimed at pre-schoolers.
Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada is a children’s book with an agenda, Fallon revealed in an NPR interview.
“It’s a selfish thing, I just want the baby’s first word to be ‘dada,’” said the father of two young daughters, Winnie, who will turn 2 this summer, and Frances, 6 months old.
It was his struggle to get his own daughters to say “Dada” that sparked the idea for the book.
“I would try to trick her into saying, ‘dada.’ I would call everything in the house ‘dada.’ Like her bottle—I would go, ‘Dada time!’ You know, like, ‘Do you want another dada?’ … I really just want her to say dada.”
As the book signing ended, and Fallon zipped away in a black GMC suburban, we couldn’t help but be touched at the love he has for his daughters and how that transcends into his children’s books.