Father’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate dad than to give him a book (or two or three!) that he can snuggle up and read with the ones who made him a dad! Even better if its a book that stars a dad, because there really just doesn’t seem to be enough of those around.
Here are our 25 favorite children’s books starring dads…
1 | BECAUSE I’M YOUR DAD BY AHMET ZAPPA
“Because I’m your dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub.”
Filled with fun repetitive text and whimsical illustrations, this book is about all of the silly things dads do with their kids. Plus it makes monsters seem a little less scary! BUY HERE.
5 | NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO BY ANNA DEWDNEY
If your preschool-age child loved the Llama Llama books, this book about playtime with Nelly Gnu and her daddy will be another favorite. With fun-to-read rhyming text, it tells the story of a dad and his daughter building a playhouse and the memorable day spent together. BUY HERE.
9 | MY DAD USED TO BE SO COOL BY KEITH NEGLEY
Let’s face it, you were probably cooler before you had kids. My Dad Used to Be so Cool is the story of a dad who used to play in a band, ride a motorcycle, and lots of other cool things. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he’s the greatest! BUY HERE.
15 | WITH MY DADDY: A BOOK OF LOVE AND FAMILY BY JO WITEK
With My Daddy is a whimsical picture book about a little girl who loves to spend time with her daddy. Being with him makes her feel “brave,” “adventurous,” and “daring.” And when she gets scared, nothing calms her down like a hug from her dad. BUY HERE.
17 | WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT BY HELEN OXENBURY
A tale of a brave dad and his children going on an adventure and the obstacles they come across along the way. “We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it! Oh no! We’ve got to go through it!” A classic story with fun repetitive text that will have your little one wanting you to read it over and over again. BUY HERE.
19 | KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE BY MO WILLEMS
Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the laundromat, but Knuffle Bunny is left behind! Oh no! With fun and expressive illustrations on a muted background, this is a hilarious story about what happens one day when dad’s in charge. BUY HERE.