Father's Day

8 Heartwarming Picture Books to Give Dad This Father’s Day

Eight years ago on my husband’s first Father’s Day, I got him a picture book about a dad and a son. He read it so many times to our kids, we ended up re-buying it twice. Since then, buying books for my husband and kids to share has become a beloved Father’s Day tradition. So, I wanted to share some of our favorite Father’s Day picture books so you can start your own gift ritual to celebrate dad.

Picture books to give dad as Father's Day gift.

Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke

I love the book Dad School so much because it reminds me of my own dad telling me he graduated from a place called Dad School. I totally believed him, and, like the child in this story, I was convinced my dad learned to make ice cream sundaes, tell silly stories, fix any owie, and much more at the mysterious and amazing Dad School. This book is funny, charming, and definitely a great way to get kids chatting about all the things Mom and Dad know.

Picture books to give dad as Father's Day gift.

Beard In a Box by Bill Cotter

Prepare to laugh out loud when you read Beard in a Box. The premise is clever: A young boy wants to be good at everything like this dad, and he figures dad’s powers come from his beard. So he sends away for Beard in a Box, a product guaranteed to produce results (in just a few years). You’ll love the story, but be sure to read the back cover blurbs from other bearded folk like Santa, Abe Lincoln, Che Guevara, and more. Hilarious.

Picture books to give dad as Father's Day gift.

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog is a cute new take on the story of a child wanting to be something he or she’s not. In this case, a malcontent frog dreams of being a pig, owl, and many other creatures, but thanks to the good guidance of her dad, she finally realizes how great it is to be a frog.

Picture books to give dad as Father's Day gift.

A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor

In A Brave Bear, two bears wander into the woods on a hot, hot day, headed towards the river. On the way, the small bear finds adventure, falls down, gets back up, and eventually the bears end up at the river. This is a perfect snuggle-up story that will have you and your kids dreaming of summertime adventures.

Picture books to give dad as Father's Day gift.

Superhero Dad by Timothy Knapman

Well, of course, every dad is a superhero, and Superhero Dad is a shout out to all the super things dads do. Scaring monsters away, making elaborate breakfasts, tossing his kids high in the air—a superhero dad can do anything and this book will prove it!

Picture books to give dad as Father's Day gift.

I’ll Never Let You Go by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

As I read I’ll Never Let You Go to my son, he pulled me into a tight hug and snuggled close. With its sweet poetry and affirmations of care and love, it could work for either mom and dad. It’s one of our favorite snuggle books, and it would be a great Father’s Day gift for any dad to share with his kids.

Picture books to give dad as Father's Day gift.

I Love You Night And Day by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Written by the same author as I’ll Never Let You GoI Love you Night and Day is another poetic story of love through all sorts of situations. It’s an adorable story that offers an easy way to tell your kids all about how much you love them.

Picture books to give dad as Father's Day gift.

Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton

Introducing Teddy is indeed a gentle story and a surprising one. Written when the author’s father transitioned and became a woman, it tells the story of a teddy bear who changes gender. While the subject is non-traditional, perhaps especially for a Father’s Day gift, it does offer a wonderful way to talk to your kids about gender.

Picture books to give dad as Father's Day gift.

Dad’s First Day by Mike Wohnoutka

Dad’s First Day will release a bit after this year’s Father’s Day (it’s available July 7, 2016), but it’s still a perfect story for dad to read to the kids. My kids cracked up at the switcheroo that happens in this story as the dad hides behind the couch, worries, and does everything in his power to not take his son to school.

Picture books to give dad as Father's Day gift.

Rex by Simon James

Again, Rex releases a bit after Father’s Day 2016 (it’s available July 12), but it’s a great gift for any dad and especially perfect for kids who love dinosaurs. This story of a fierce T. Rex who adopts a smaller Rex, and teaches him everything he knows, will definitely make you smile (and perhaps ROAR a bit, too!).

Happy Father’s Day to you all!

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