With Father’s Day around the corner we created a list of books that are all about dad. From silly and playful to loving and gentle, the books below are great to read for Father’s Day or any day of the year to celebrate dad.
Books About Dads
More Resources for Little Book Lovers
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Featured Father’s Day Books
Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin
Hero Dad is told from a little boy’s perspective; on each page the little boy describes how his dad is not a superhero but a soldier. I love the line that says, “He doesn’t have x-ray vision – he has night vision.” This is a great book for kids that have a soldier for a dad or know someone who is a solider.
When Dads Don’t Grow Up by Marjorie Blain Parker
When Dads Don’t Grow Up is a fun look at the silly sides that dads have, the side that is still a kid at heart. Throughout the book we see dads racing grocery carts, playing sports inside and running in the rain. This is a fun book for dads and kids to read together.
Following Papa’s Song by Gianna Marino
Following Papa’s Song is the story of a young whale and his father as they begin their migration. The young whale learns to follow the other whales and how to find his Papa by listening to their song. I love the illustrations in this book, they are simple yet beautiful.
How To Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler
Little Jumbo doesn’t understand why his dad is upset but he knows How To Cheer Up Dad. Throughout the book we learn that Little Jumbo is always up to mischief and this is why his dad is upset. Little Bit and I enjoyed this book and seeing how Little Jumbo tried to help but often only made things worse.
Mighty Dads by Joan Holub
Mighty Dads is a great book for truck loving kids. This book looks at grown-up dump trucks, cranes and other construction vehicles and their little ones, as dads teach their kids how to tear down, dig and build.
When a Dad Says “I Love You” by Douglas Wood
When a Dad Says “I Love You” is a sweet story of all the ways dads can say “I Love You” without saying anything. These dads cook, hug, chase, sing and help their little ones and through their actions they say “I Love You”.
What Dads Can’t Do by Douglas Wood
What Dads Can’t Do is a unique look at dads through a child’s eyes. The child explains all the things that dads can’t do, such as they are easy to find when they hid and have a hard time finding you. The same book is written for moms and is on our Books About Mom book list.
My Dad! By Steve Smallman
In My Dad! a young bear cub describes all the special things about his dad. The illustrations are large and colorful and the rhyming text is fun and simple. This is a great book for little ones.
Daddies Do It Different by Alan Lawrence Sitmoer
Daddies Do It Different is a fun story full of examples of how dads do things different then moms. From shopping, and bath time to getting dressed; dads have a fun and different way of doing things.
Daddy’s Zigzagging Bedtime Story by Alan Lawrence Sitmoer
Daddy’s Zigzagging Bedtime Story is another story by Alan Lawrence Sitmoer that looks at how dads can be fun, silly and different from mom. Jake and Jenny want a bed time story and they are in for a surprise when dad begins a story that is full of unusual characters and epic ballet slipper karate fights.
Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa
Because I’m Your Dad is a loving and silly story of all the things a monster dad will do for his little monster. The list includes ice cream in the bath tub and tickles, all are ways the loving monster shows his child how much he loves them and how to have fun. My favorite line from the book is, “Because I’m your dad, I will do all of these things for you and more . . .because that’s what my dad did for me.”
Daddy Hugs by Nancy Tafuri
Daddy Hugs look different for each animal but they are all special. In this book readers will see different forest animals explaining their favorite way to hug their dad. This is a very sweet book with colorful illustrations.
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny is a funny book that parents and kids will enjoy. The book includes examples of sarcastic and funny things that dads and moms say to their kids. An example from the book is when the boy says “I’m hungry,” Dad says, “Hello, Hungry. Pleased to meet you.”
My Dad Is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell
My Dad is the Best Playground is a great board book about dad for little hands. The story is about all the ways two kids climb, swing and play on their dad.