11 Best Books For Dads With Daughters Update 05/2022

Books For Dads With Daughters

When my daughter was three years old, she saw “The Little Mermaid” for the first time. She thought King Triton was the bad guy, and she was very sure of it. Her dad said: “He ruined all of her things.” It didn’t matter that Triton changed his mind by the end of the story (or that Ursula the Sea Witch was CLEARLY the villain). My daughter saw the poor underwater king as “scary daddy,” and I felt bad for dads everywhere, so I went to the library right away to look for more positive father-daughter books.

To find great picture books about dads who would never, ever destroy their daughter’s ding-a-ding-a-dings, here are some of my favorite father-daughter books for your youngest readers.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

by Eric Carle

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

He does what any good dad would do: He gets out a ladder and starts climbing. These fold-outs make Carle’s illustrations even more beautiful and iconic. This warm-hearted story is a lot of fun to read aloud because of the clever fold-outs. (Your child will also learn about the phases of the moon in a way that is useful.)

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

by Mo Willems

Anyone who has lost a favorite toy as a child will understand this hilarious story about how difficult it can be for parents and babies to understand each other. He leaves his daughter’s “knuffle bunny” at the laundromat, and his daughter is having a hard time coming up with words to make him come back. This is the first book in a trilogy. The last book, Knuffle Bunny Free, will make even the toughest dad cry at bedtime.

Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

When Yolen and Schoenherr write a picture book, they make a simple thing like a father and daughter walking in the woods at night into something poetic and important. Great Horned Owl: As they trudge through snow, they try to imitate the great horned owl’s call to find it. This shows how the father is trying to teach his child about nature. A great book to read while you’re at the campfire.

Ten, Nine, Eight

by Molly Bang

If you like The Runaway Bunny or Good Night, Gorilla, you’ll love this beautiful bedtime counting book. As a father and daughter count down to bedtime, you’ll be impressed by how Bang shows the tenderness between the father and his sleepy child through a few simple drawings. This book is based on a true story.

Daddy’s Girl

by Garrison Keillor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Daddy's Girl

Readers of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” should be able to’t resist this heartwarming board book about the little things in life that aren’t as well known as they should be. A dad sings to his daughter about things like changing diapers and eating bananas. Those who love Lake Wobegon will enjoy the CD that comes with the book, too.

The Daddy Mountain

by Jules Feiffer

During this picture book by Feiffer, a little girl decides that she and her father are both land masses. So she decides to climb him like a mountain. She starts at his legs and works her way up, up, up, passing along practical advice for climbing daddies as she goes. Finally, she reaches the top of his head, which is where he is at the top of his body. Any dad who has ever been their child’s jungle gym should like this one.

Baby Dance

Written by: Ann Taylor

In the 19th century, poet Ann Taylor wrote a beautiful, rhythmic board book about a father dancing, twirling, and cuddling with his infant child. You can read and dance to the book, too. In Van Heerden’s pastel drawings, you can see the fun and playfulness of this father and daughter having a little alone time while Mommy is asleep nearby. A little extra time with Dad will make babies happy.

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA

Written by: Jimmy Fallon

For years, moms have been thinking that dads are working to make sure babies say “Dada” first. This book proves it! Animal dads who say “Dada” to their babies get “moo,” “baa,” or “quack” back. Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show, introduces the animal dads and their babies. As the book goes on, the dads start to lose hope. But the babies love their dads, so the last page is filled with “Dada!” shouts. Mostly. This adorable board book is a great gift for a new or soon-to-be dad because it has funny pictures and simple text. Those who like this book will also like Mudpuppy’s Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada Puzzle, which is great for toddlers to solve.

The Daddy Book

Written by: Todd Parr

The Daddy Book

It doesn’t matter what your dad wears. Have a lot of hair or none at all? What should I do? Todd Parr’s unique drawings show a group of Daddies who are fun, colorful, and different. Daddies come in all shapes and sizes, but there are some things they all have in common: they all want to be with you and love you, he says. This is what he’s going to show you.

Faster! Faster!

Written by: Leslie Patricelli

“Faster! Faster!” his little girl tells him as he rides on her back. Daddy isn’t very fast. It’s a horse. No, it’s not a cat. When a father and daughter are both very active, they learn that Daddy’s only limit might be his little girl’s imagination. They will both laugh out loud when they play this zany game. Fans of this book can see this adorable Daddy-daughter duo again in Higher! Higher!, where Daddy’s hard work on the swings leads to an imaginative adventure!

I Love My Daddy

Written by: Giles Andreae

The girl in this book says, “I love my daddy, yes I do!” Together, this father and daughter have a lot of fun playing outside and inside, making pancakes, and a lot of other fun things. When he talks to her, she laughs and learns new things. He even makes up stories just for her. Most important, he always tells her how much he loves her. In both picture book and board book format, this rhyming story is sure to become a favorite part of story time.

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