In order to watch the parade, Dad lifts you up and places you on his shoulder. He gives you band-aids, hugs, and tells you to be strong. He helps you learn how to walk, then how to ride a bike, then how to drive a car. It’s dads’ job to be monsters. They spend a lot of time on their stomachs, looking for things under a child’s bed with a flashlight for hours at a time. They are brave, strong, and a great source of comfort. This Father’s Day, they deserve to be praised. With these 15 picture books, your child is sure to know how important Father’s Day is to you. Have your child give one to their father for a special reading session, or pick out a few to read before the day comes. These sweet picture books will always have a place on your child’s bookshelf, no matter what day it is. Happy Father’s Day to all of the monster hunters, PB&J sandwich makers, and bedtime storytellers out there today. We’re very proud of you.
Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA, by Jimmy Fallon
A must-have for any Father’s Day party, Your Baby’s First Word Is Coming is a great gift for dads. DADA is adorable, sweet, and 100% correct. Were you ever able to get your baby to say “mama” first? Every dad now knows how to make sure “dada” is their baby’s first word.
My Dad Loves Me, by Marianne Richmond
My Dad Loves Me is a sweet picture book with cute animals. It’s perfect for any little one who wants to remember all the fun times they had with their dad. Dads will love this, because it gives them a chance to talk about their own memories with their child and spend some time together.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Every dad will love telling this story to his kids because it’s full of adventure, happiness, and love. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a story about a dad and his four kids going on a bear hunt. They follow the old camp chant. It talks about how dads can share their imaginations with their kids, as well as how far they’ll go to have fun with them.
Spot Loves His Daddy, by Eric Hill
Spot is a well-known character in children’s books, and his appearance in Spot Loves His Daddy will make the whole family smile. Another great thing about this book is that it’s good for kids who are just learning how to read. Dad can read it with his kids, which can help them build their confidence.
Goodnight Darth Vader, by Jeffrey Brown
Ever wondered what Darth Vader would be like if he were to become a father? Goodnight, Darth Vader is the next book that you should read. Even if you don’t like Star Wars, you’ll laugh out loud when Darth Vader and the rest of the characters try to get Leia and Luke to sleep.
Ask Me, by Bernard Waber And Suzy Lee
Ask Me is one of my favorite songs, and it’s perfect for Father’s Day. They spend some time together, and the little girl asks a lot of questions about everything she sees. Parenting can be hard, but this picture is a great way to show how close a father and his child are.
Daddies Do It Different, by Alan Lawrence Sitomer and Abby Carter
There’s nothing else to say. Daddies Do It Different is a fun picture book that shows that no one parent is better than the other, but that there are important differences between a daddy and a mommy. The story talks about everything from birthday parties to bath time to show how daddies deal with things and what makes them so unique.
Daddy and Me, by Karen Katz
The flaps on Daddy and Me are a big hit with even the smallest hands. The book says that daddy needs help with a project, and your reader can lift the flaps inside to find the tools he needs. A lot of babies and toddlers will love these clothes.
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
As a gift for a baby shower, this book is a must-have. But it also makes a great gift for Father’s Day. Little Nutbrown Hare and his dad will make your heart melt even more when they tell how much they love each other.
Ten, Nine, Eight, by Molly Bang
You can have fun at bedtime with this rhyming game! When it comes to making bedtime less stressful, this book can help dad come up with ideas. It’s also a sweet rhyming story that every child will enjoy.
I Love My Daddy, by Sebastien Braun
I Love My Daddy is a great book for Father’s Day because it has beautiful illustrations and a great story. There is a day in the life of a daddy bear and his little cub. This is a great book for little ones who need some quiet time with their dad.
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, by Eric Carle
There is no way you can go wrong with Eric Carle, is there? It’s a book that grows as the girl tries to reach for the moon. It’s not only sweet and adorable, but it will also please even the youngest readers. There is a happy ending to this cute book. Daddies want to give their kids the moon, and kids think their daddies can do anything.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, by Mo Willems
You remember when I said that daddies do things a different way? That theme is very important in the very popular and very funny Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Dads are in charge when things don’t always go as planned, but that’s part of the fun. When Trixie loses Knuffle Bunny, there is a lot of drama until daddy makes things right, no matter how.
Every Friday, by Dan Yaccarino
Sometimes, routines aren’t all that great. But when it comes to kids, there’s a sense of security in being the same. Every Friday is about a dad and his little boy having breakfast at a local diner on Friday morning. It’s not only cute, but it might make you want to take your child out for breakfast and start a weekly bonding time with them.
Daddies Are for Catching Fireflies, by Harriet Ziefert and Cynthia Jabar
Lift-the-flap book Daddies Are for Catching Fireflies is all about the little things daddies do, like letting their kids sit on them and reading them stories at bedtime. Dads love this book. It’s fun for the whole family to read and will help your kids think of their favorite things their dads do.