Father’s Day is a great opportunity for spending time together, and what could be better than story time! These Father’s Day books are perfect for younger children to give to Dad.
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Whether Dad reads all the time or rarely, whether he is young or old, whether he lives with you or far away, these picture books about Dads are perfect for sharing.
Give one of these Father’s Day books to dad this year, and make some wonderful new memories together.
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Father’s Day Books to Give Dad
My Dad by Anthony Browne
A glorious mix of childhood boasting and Daddy’s exaggerating, My Dad is a beautiful book that is a celebration of everyday Dads. This Dad, in his “dodgy” brown dressing gown, mirrors all Dads in the eyes of their kids.
Among other things “He can jump right over the moon” and “he makes me laugh. A lot.” Cute and lovely.
My Amazing Dad by Ross Collins
My Amazing Dad is a sweet story of friendship and fathers. The baby crocodile doesn’t know what his Dad does all day, and he’s worried because all his friends’ Dads seem so cool.
But in the end he discovers his Dad is pretty amazing too.
This book would be particularly good for Father’s Day if Dad is any sort of teacher/coach.
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A Present for My Dad by Pooter
A Present For My Dad is a beautiful gift book that tells the story of the journey the child makes while deciding on a present for their Dad – the crazy thoughts they had for a gift all come from a child’s point of view. In the end they decide to get Dad a pair of colourful socks instead.
Each book is wrapped, has a gift tag, is a children’s story and comes with a gorgeous pair of socks.
There is also “A Present for my Grandpa” version in the series.
I Love You Daddy by Catherine Vase
I Love You Daddy is a cute little book for younger kids. This little bear thinks his Daddy is as amazing as all his favourite things. ‘If you were a meal, you’d be a big bowl of spaghetti, twisty, twirly and very, very messy!’.
The bright vibrant illustrations make it particularly attractive to toddlers.
The Great Explorer by Chris Judge
Tom’s Dad is a famous explorer. But when he gets lost on a trip to the North Pole, Tom has to use all his ingenuity to go on his own adventure to rescue him. Along the way he encounters beautiful icebergs and the northern lights but also a giant walrus and a terrible snow storm.
The Great Explorer is a beautifully illustrated adventure story from the writer of The Lonely Beast.
The Trouble with Dad by Babette Cole
The Trouble With Dad is a zero-to-hero tale of an ordinary Dad who makes extraordinary robots in his garden shed. This book is a super example of Cole’s characteristic combination of quirky story and hilariously detailed illustrations.
All her characters are likeable and this book is a delight.
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Mr Bear Babysits by Debi Gliori
Mr Bear Babysits is a beautifully illustrated book and a heartwarming vindication for great fathers out there. At the beginning Mr Bear is sent to babysit for the neighbours. Initially he is all at sea and the children run rings around him. But as the evening goes on he takes charge and learns that not only is he pretty good at this, he quite enjoys it too.
The final image of Mr Bear with his own baby asleep on his chest will surely elicit an Awww from all but the hardest of hearts.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
This swishy swashy, splash splosh, squelch squerch, stumble trip, hoooo woooo, tip toe adventure has been a read aloud favourite for over 25 years. The delightful illustrations in We’re Going On a Bear Hunt show a man going bear hunting with four kids and a dog.
The exact nature of the relationship is never mentioned making this a great Father’s Day book for dads, grandparents, uncles, friends or other significant men in your child’s life – particularly those that take them on crazy adventures!
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram
Guess How Much I Love You really is the perfect book to snuggle up with and the fact that the relationship is never defined makes it a great Father’s Day choice for granddads, or any other man that loves a child ‘right up to the moon – and back.’
Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell & Barbara Firth
The premise of Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?, with little bear acting up instead of going to sleep, will be familiar to anyone who has put kids to bed!
The sideline about poor Big Bear trying to finish his book in the middle of it all will amuse adult readers and kids just love the repetition and the snuggly ending.
Again Big Bear could be any relation to Little Bear so a good gift for non Dads too.
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The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
The Heart and the Bottle is a stunningly beautiful book from the author of Lost and Found and many many others. At its core is a little girl ‘whose head was filled with all the curiosities of the world’ and who is seen sharing these with a man in an armchair. It is never mentioned who this man is but clearly he is a huge presence in her life so when, one day, she finds an empty chair she decides to put her heart in a bottle to keep it safe.
This touching tale is a beautifully sensitive way to address the loss of a father figure and moving on. Also highly recommended for adults dealing with loss.
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