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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.

2 |  MADE FOR ME BY ZACK BUSH

Nothing quite prepares you for the joy of having a child, and this book is filled with tender moments that tie a father and his new child. “Of all the children that ever could be, you are the one made just for me.” BUY HERE.

3 |  DAD BY MY SIDE BY SOOSH

This sweet father-daughter story beautifully illustrates how much they enjoy each other’s company. Dad By My Side is sweet and sentimental, with the most beautiful and unique illustrations. BUY HERE.

4 |  MY DAD HAS A BEARD BY KELLEN ROGGENBUCK

If you have men in your life with beards (and even if you don’t), you will love this book. It is witty and fun for parents, and colorful and engaging for kids. 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.

6 |  DADDY, PAPA, AND ME BY LESLÉA NEWMAN

A wonderful book about a baby and his two dads and all the things they do together, from hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight.  BUY HERE.

7 |  MIGHTY DADS BY JOAN HOLUB

An action-packed construction story about the ways dad cheer on and support their kids. “Excavator Big helps little Vator dig. They go scoop, scoop, scoop.” The perfect pick if your little one enjoys trucks.  BUY HERE.

8 |  DARTH VADER AND SON BY JEFFREY BROWN

This sweet & hilarious book reimagines Darth Vader as any other dad (as well as being the Dark Lord of the Sith) and is a must-have for every dad who’s a fan of star wars. (There’s also Vader’s Little Princess for dads & daughters.)  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.

10 |  IF MY LOVE WERE A FIRE TRUCK: A DADDY’S LOVE SONG BY LUKE REYNOLDS

A bedtime rhyming love song from fathers to their sons. “If my love were a racing car, it would rev and rattle and vroom.”  BUY HERE.

11 |  DADDY HUGS BY KAREN KATZ

Baby and daddy can cuddle and count along with this hug-and-read book perfect for dad’s first Father’s Day.  BUY HERE.

12 |  MY DAD IS BIG AND STRONG, BUT…: A BEDTIME STORY BY CORALIE SAUDO

Every night it’s the same old story, dad doesn’t want to go to bed – he’d rather read stories or play (hmmm, sound familiar?). This hilarious book turns the tables and is sure to be a bedtime favorite!  BUY HERE.

13 |  HOW TO CHEER UP DAD BY FRED KOEHLER

Little Jumbo’s dad is having a bad day but he has no idea why. (It couldn’t be the raisins he spits at the ceiling or the cereal dropped on the floor.) But Little Jumbo decides to cheer up his dad with some of his favorite things!  BUY HERE.

14 |  RORY AND THE DINOSAUR: ME AND MY DAD BY LIZ LIMO

Rory the Dinosaur loves spending time with his dad, but wants to go on his own adventure one day when his dad is busy! Little does he know that his dad is there every step of the way to make sure nothing goes wrong.  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.

16 |  MY DAD IS AMAZING BY SABRINA MOYLE

Featuring bright, colorful artwork and a mythical yeti, My Dad is Amazing is a tribute all the things that make dad the greatest! He is “cooler than a million popsicles” and “cuddlier than a ton of bunnies” after all.  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.

 

18 |  YOU MADE ME A DAD BY LAURENNE SALA

A touching story about fatherhood and they bond fathers share with their children, from before they were born and as they grow up. It’s so tender you’re likely to tear up reading this one.  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.

 

20 |  MY DAD LOVES ME! BY MARIANNE RICHMOND

A story about baby animals and their dads, My Dad Loves Me illustrates some of the sweet ways a dad shows his love to his children.  BUY HERE.

 

21 |  I LOVE MY DADDY BY SEBASTIEN BRAUN

This sweet board book celebrates the relationship between a child and a father. Follow a day in the life of a bear and his bear cub, as baby bear narrates the story, telling all the things his dad does for him.  BUY HERE.

 

22 |  YOUR BABY’S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA BY JIMMY FALLON

Written by Jimmy Fallon, a quest to make sure your baby’s first word will be . . .”Dada!”  BUY HERE.

 

23 |  BABY DANCE BY ANN TAYLOR 

“Up to the ceiling, down to the ground, backward and forward, round and round.” This adorable book can be sung to the tune of “Hush Little Baby” and features a daddy singing and playing with his baby. Such a sweet one that babies are sure to love.  BUY HERE.

 

24 |  DADDY AND ME FINGER PUPPET BOOK BY COTTAGE DOOR PRESS

Read along and play with your baby as you adventure through the wild. Wiggle the cute lion plush as you read the sweet rhyming text to engage your little one.   BUY HERE.

 

25 |  I LOVE DAD WITH THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR BY ERIC CARLE

Celebrate dad with a little bit of help from The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Featuring the loveable Eric Carle illustrations, I Love Dad is a classic choice for Father’s Day.  BUY HERE.

 

 

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