Books to Read with Your Dad for Father’s Day


Books to Read with Your Dad for Father’s Day


Father’s Day is in 3 weeks. Plenty of time to read some Father’s Day books!


Hug a Bull: An Ode to Animal Dads

by Aaron Zenz

Learn the names for animal fathers such as stallion, boomer, and silverback. Plus there are puns to smile at. This is a board book.


Daddy, My Favorite Guy/Papá, Mi Compañero Favorito

by Icy Smith and Crystal Smith, illustrated by Octavio Oliva (sorry, no link)

Two girls talk about their dad and all the things they like about him. The text is in both Spanish and English.


Mighty Dads

by Joan Holub, illustrated by James Dean

All kinds of trucks work with their dads to dig, crash, mix, and dump. Perfect for truck fans!


Me and My Dad!

by Alison Ritchie, illustrated by Alison Edgson

A young bear tells all about his wonderful dad.


Bad Dad

by Derek Munson, illustrated by Melody Wang

Two kids see all the things their dad does wrong, but then think the quirky things he does are pretty awesome.


How to Surprise a Dad

by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

Two kids tell lots of ways to surprise a dad. There are things to make and do for Father’s Day and any day of the year. The illustrations are especially fun.


Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

by Daniel Beaty, illustrated by Bryan Collier

A boy and his father play a game each morning that uses the phrase Knock Knock. One day, the boy’s father is gone and he doesn’t come back. This book tells of how the boy and father come to communicate. This is a beautiful book.


If My Dad Were an Animal

by Jedda Robard

Several kids imagine their dads as animals: a great, big, hairy yak; sleepy, a snoozy koala; a very tall giraffe… This would be a great prompt for imagining other dads as animals.


Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments

by Mike Adamick

This book is chock full of experiments in chemistry, biology, physics, Earth science, and the human body. Of course, it would also be good for moms, brothers, sisters, grandparents… Each experiment has clear instructions and illustrations, plus an explanation for why it works.


Have a great day with your father (grandfather, uncle, big brother, family friend…)!


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