7 Must-Have Father’s Day Themed Books

Heather Chaet

Our time to celebrate dads is almost here!! What do you have planned for Father's Day? Some quality time for the Papa, Daddy, Pops in your world? Does it involve hanging with the kiddos? Perhaps some father-kiddo bonding time? If that's the case, along with his "SuperDad" mug and his "Best Dad in the World" cap, give him some fabu books for reading time that focus on dads, kids, and all thing father-y!



I love all of the books by Todd Parr, with his goofy illustrations and straight-to-the-point message. One is all about the big guys, the fathers in this world -- and how different dads can be. Some are big, some are bald, some work in the house, others go out to work. The Daddy Book ($6.64 at Barnes and Noble) reminds us of what all dads do -- love their kiddos.


My husband has called Kiddo "Bear" since she's been born ... it has stuck and now we all call her that at times. Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug by J.D. Lester and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata ($7.19 at Barnes and Noble) is a sweet book about love, play, and fun, only like dads -- in any species -- can give. (My fave? The penguin daddy calling his little one "Hockey-Puck." Too dang cute!)


Big Brown Hare is patient, playful, and loving -- like every dad should be. I'm guessing Guess How Much I Love You ($6.99 at Barnes and Noble) is in your family library already, but if not, this tale by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram is the perfect gift for your papa this Father's Day. Be sure to watch and see if he gets a wee bit teary at the end.


Author/illustrator Michael Rex gives us a fantastic tale of a hero dad -- bald and in a tie -- and meshes with it sly humor, robot gorilla pirates from Mars, and even a twist on the parent-child relationship. It will be a close call as to who will love You Can Do Anything, Daddy ($11.53 from Barnes and Noble) more -- your kiddo or your husband.  


Both my husband and I work kind of at home and kind of outside of the home. On the days when we've been out and open that front door, and seeing Kiddo's smile -- priceless, right? Eileen Spinelli (with illustrations by Jane Dyer) captures the little things we share at the end of the day in When Papa Comes Home Tonight ($11.55 from Amazon). Ideal for the 9-to-5 papa. FYI, she wrote one about mamas coming home, if that's the case in your home too!


I (heart) Mo Willems. I do. I love all of his books (faves in our home these days are his Elephant and Piggie books). But my husband has a soft spot for Willems' award-winning Knuffle Bunny ($9.97 from Barnes and Noble). I think he relates to Daddy, one of the main characters as he is on his trek to do the laundry with Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny. The element of a kid upset, a dad doing anything for his child, a mom knowing exactly what's wrong -- it's picture book perfection.

Have a sports-loving dad in your life, one who will talk ad nauseum about favorite moments in his team's history? (Yes, Red Sox fans, I'm talking to you!) A clever way to get some father-kid bonding mojo going is to tap into his obsession love -- and how he can share that love with his kids. Enter the Daddy's Heroes books -- authors Tom Garcia and Karun Naga team up with illustrator Jenifer Donnelly creating some fabu books about some of the great sports moments ... like Buckner and his error in the 1986 World Series. Easy, engaging text explains sports curses, players' nicknames, and more ($9.95 from Amazon).

What are the favorite "Daddy books" to read in your home?


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