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Father's Day: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about Father's Day?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to Father’s Day. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about Father’s Day.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about Father’s Day, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Spot Loves His Daddy to popular sellers like Just Me and My Dad to some of our favorite hidden gems like A Father’s Day Thank You.

We hope this list of kids books about Father’s Day can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Spot Loves His Daddy
Written & illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Whether playing ball in the park, feeding the ducks, or reading bedtime stories, Spot and his Daddy are great buddies. Perfect for Father’s Day, as well as all year long, this happy and heartwarming book is great for sharing.

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A Father's Day Thank You
Written by Janet Nolan & illustrated by Kathi Ember
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Harvey doesn’t know what to get his father for Father’s Day. It’s especially hard when his older sisters and brother seem so sure that their presents are his favorites. Laurie Ann gives him a tie–every year! And Martin always gives him a box of nails. Nadine says Dad loves golf balls. How do they know he likes these presents so much? Because every year Dad gives them each a hug and says, “Thank you.” And they say, “You’re welcome. “The night before Father’s Day, Harvey remembers all of the nice things his dad helped him with that week. He picks up a crayon and starts to draw. And when Harvey gives his dad his present, it’s Harvey who has said, “Thank you.” And it’s his Dad who responds, “You’re welcome.”

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A Perfect Father's Day
Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Susan Meddaugh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Susie plans a Father’s Day celebration with her dad that’s filled with all of her favorite activities. “A charming Father’s Day offering that would be equally good reading all year long.” – Booklist

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With My Daddy
Written by Jo Witek & illustrated by Christine Roussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A young girl describes all of the wonderful feelings she has while spending time with her father, knowing that they love one another no matter what.

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My Dad is Awesome
Written & illustrated by Nick Butterworth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

At last, here’s a book devoted exclusively to one of the world’s most valuable resources–dads. Children everywhere will delight in reading about a father’s most endearing qualities–a perfect opportunity to chime in with the qualities that make their own dads special!

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  • Hello, Jimmy! - A funny, noisy parrot comes into Jack's life and brings him closer to his dad in an unexpected and moving way in this gorgeous, emotionally resonant picture book from the creator of Florette.

  • Thank You, God, for Daddy - Daddies do so much for us! It's time to thank God for the blessing they are.

  • Why a Daughter Needs a Dad - Based on Gregory Lang's New York Times bestselling series! The perfect Father's Day gift, birthday present for dad, or sweet treasure for a daughter of any age!

  • Rebound - New York Times

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My Dad Loves Me!
Written by Marianne Richmond
board book
Recommend Ages: -8

A USA Today Bestseller! A great Father's Day gift, birthday gift, or just a way to show love to dad any day, featuring adorable illustrations from bestselling author Marianne Richmond.

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Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA
Written by Jimmy Fallon & illustrated by Miguel Ordónez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, is also a father and his hilarious picture book reveals what everyone already knows: that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies’ first word is “Dada!” Here he shows us just how it’s done…

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You Made Me a Dad
Written by Laurenne Sala & illustrated by Mike Malbrough
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A picture book for expectant fathers and already-fathers everywhere created by the author of You Made Me a Mother, Laurenne Sala, and the Marigold Bakes a Cake author-illustrator, Mike Malbrough. In this touching celebration of fatherhood, the close bond between parent and child comes to life with heartwarming resonance. Laurenne Sala’s tranquil text, accompanied by Mike Malbrough’s tender watercolor illustrations, creates a warm look at the joys, fears, and responsibilities of being a dad over the years. A perfect gift for Father’s Day! I loved you before I saw you. When you were just a heartbeat. Then a picture. Then a teeny-tiny kick…

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Just Me and My Dad
Written & illustrated by Mercer Mayer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is going on a camping trip with his dad in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he and his dad are canoeing, fishing, or building a campfire, parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect gift for Father’s Day . . . or any day!

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Mister Seahorse
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse’s belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies. Now Eric Carle’s heart-warming New York Times bestseller is finally available in a board book edition, complete with the clear “peek-a-boo” pages that made the original such a hit. Brimming with bright, colorful sea life, this new board book will be irresistable to young children everywhere.

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  • Good Dad Diego - Diego is a dog, but he has one of the toughest jobs in the world. Is he a ninja? Nope. Is he a superhero? Nope. Is he a king or a police officer or the president? Nope. Nope. Nope. Diego is a DAD. And that requires the patience and fortitude of all of these positions combined . . . as Diego–an adorable pug–demonstrates in this laugh-out-loud photographic picture book. Admonitions and chores may be somewhat different for dogs: “Stop chewing on the furniture!” “Don’t eat cat barf!” But Diego does everything out of love . . . and we get to see the objects of his affection at the end of the story: pug puppies!!

  • Hero Dad - Some superheroes wear rocket-propelled boots, drive super-powered cars and have X-ray vision. But other superheroes wear army boots, drive tanks, and go away for long trips to make the world a safer place. It's a tough job, but that's what superheroes have to do. With Melinda Hardin's simple text and with Bryan Langdo's endearing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, Hero Dad makes a difficult and tender subject more accessible to children with parents serving far from home.

  • I Love My Pirate Papa - “This tale will surely be met with delight by the youngest buccaneers.”–<i>School Library Journal</i> <p/>It’s a yar vessel that can carry this crew of burly pirates, the captain, and his scrappy little son. From the crow’s nest to the hold, from the high seas to the island of buried treasure, this boy hangs out with the most rough-and-tumble of rogues. And at the end of each day, he gets tucked in by the fiercest pirate of them all: his loving and tender dad. <p>

  • The Berenstain Bears and the Papa's Day Surprise - This classic Berenstain Bears story is the perfect way to teach children about the importance of family and thoughtfulness!

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The Night Before Father's Day
Written by Natasha Wing & illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

It’s the night before Father’s Day, and Mom and the kids have a plan to surprise Dad with a special gift. When Dad goes for a bike ride, everyone gets to work. Dad wakes up the next day to find his garage newly organized and his car sparkly clean. So, of course, he celebrates by taking everyone for a spin!

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Hooray for Dads!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What’s more important than spending time with Dad at the Annual Dad and Kids Games Day? SpongeBob doesn’t think anything else is – until he believes the grand prize is a gold-plated spatula!

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Ask Me
Written by Bernard Waber & illustrated by Suzy Lee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ask me what I like?

What do you like?

A father and daughter walk through their neighborhood, brimming with questions as they explore their world. With so many things to enjoy, and so many ways to ask—and talk—about them, it’s a snapshot of an ordinary day in a world that’s anything but. This story is a heartwarming and inviting picture book with a tenderly written story by Bernard Waber and glorious illustrations by Suzy Lee.

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