Father’s Day is just around the corner—the day when we get to celebrate the wonderful bear-hugging, joke-making, trouble-causing, lovely people that fathers are. It’s an especially fun day for young kids, who never run out of ways they want to show their love for Dad!
However, if you’ve exhausted the homemade cards, macaroni picture frames, and custom tool belts (or if—no shame—you just plain forgot about gifts), we have some recommendations up our sleeve of books that dads and kids will love. Books make unique, personal gifts, and are also a great jumping off point for the best gift of all: quality time spent with Dad.
Below is a list of books for a range of ages that celebrate or prominently feature fathers. Any or all of them are sure to be a hit this Father’s Day! (Click the covers for more information.)
Daddies Are Awesome by Meredith Costain & Polona Lovsin
Just what the title says—a list of why daddies are awesome, conveyed through adorable illustrations of daddy dogs and their puppies.
Ask Me by Bernard Waber & Suzy Lee
A father and daughter walk through their neighborhood, asking each other questions as they enjoy the day. Familiar, yet simple and sweet.
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie & Yuyi Morales
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Choosing a new name isn’t as easy as it sounds—until his dad comes up with something that just might be perfect!
Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
An old favorite, this Little Critter book celebrates time spent just with Dad.
Your Red Shoes by John Hutton & Leah Busch
Told from a father’s perspective, this celebration of early childhood chronicles all the steps his daughter takes, until the day (all too soon) when the first, beloved pair of shoes no longer fits. Grab the tissues!
I Love Dad by Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot
From his stubbly kisses to his sky-high piggyback rides to his bedtime stories, no one is quite like dad. This charming picture book is a celebration of fathers everywhere!
The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
With bright, colorful illustrations, this book celebrates all the different kinds of dads out there, as well as the things all dads have in common.
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
Keep Dad laughing with this classic father-daughter read. When her father unexpectedly loses his job, Ramona vows to help out in any way she can. But for Ramona Quimby, things hardly ever go as planned!
Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard
Darkus Cuttle’s dad mysteriously goes missing from his job as Director of Science at the Natural History Museum—vanished without a trace from a locked room! Darkus finds himself teaming up with two eccentric cousins, and possibly some beetles, to rescue his father.
Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
Another perfect father-daughter read. Super sleuth Nancy was raised by her father, lawyer Carson Drew. The two have a special bond, and often help each other with cases (some more dangerous than others). Fathers and daughters alike will appreciate this smart, savvy team, and have no shortage of reading material on their adventures.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Perfect for all the science fiction-loving dads out there! This winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal is the story of two siblings in search of their missing father, who might not even be in this dimension anymore. Full of adventure, excitement, mysterious creatures, and the love of family.
What are your favorite books to read with Dad? Tell us in the comments below!