Fathers in Books for Children
Picture Books (JE)
|Beaty||Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me|
A boy's father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there.
|Bledsoe||Hammer and Nails|
After her playdate is cancelled, a young girl and her dad have a fun day tackling their to-do lists together.
|Choldenko||Dad and the Dinosaur|
A boy keeps a toy dinosaur in his pocket to help him be brave like his dad--but when the dinosaur goes missing, Dad knows just what to do.
This tale of overcoming your fears shows a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a little boy.
|Cotter||Beard in a Box|
Wanting to be more like his father, a young boy spends all of his money on a product that will supposedly let him grow a beard almost instantly.
|Hines||Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti|
Not only does Corey's father make the best spaghetti, but he also dresses up as Bathman and acts like a barking dog.
|Kvasnosky||Little Wolf's First Howling|
Little Wolf can't wait to howl at the moon to the top of the sky for the first time.
|Mayer||Just Me and My Dad|
Father and son go camping, but who is taking care of whom?
|North||Because I Am Your Daddy|
Illustrations and verse show some of the many ways a father, whether pilot or baseball player, could show his love for his child.
Coping with a loss, a father and daughter rediscover an important piece of family history.
|Rex||You Can Do Anything, Daddy|
After receiving assurances that his father would save him from increasingly dangerous and scary pirates, a boy reassures his father in return.
|Reynolds||If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song|
A rhyming celebration of the love between a father and son.
Tobias's father is different from other dads, not only because he is a tyrannosaurus but also because he is busy all of the time.
|Saudo||My Dad at the Zoo|
On their trip to the zoo, a young son tries to reign in his rambunctious father.
A young hippopotamus shows his father the right way to do things, such as getting dressed and watering the flowers.
|Spinelli||When Papa Comes Home Tonight|
A father and child enjoy a range of activities together before bedtime.
|Taylor||A Brave Bear|
After suggesting he and his father go to the river to cool down, a little bear tries to impress his father along the way.
Easy Readers (JE ER)
|Minarik||Father Bear Comes Home|
Little Bear goes fishing, has the hiccups, looks for a mermaid, and welcomes Father Bear home.
|JE ER Minarik|
|Paterson||Marvin One Too Many|
When Marvin refuses to go back to his new school because he is the only one in his class who cannot read, his father decides to help him learn by reading with him.
|JE ER Paterson|
|Schneider||Tales for Very Picky Eaters|
A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.
|JE ER Schneider|
|Seuss||Hop on Pop|
Pairs of rhyming words are introduced and used in simple sentences.
|JE ER Seuss|
Children’s Illustrated Fiction (J Illus.)
|Phi||A Different Pond|
Bao goes fishing with his father and he hears about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.
|J Illus. Phi|
Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry
|Moss||The Dad of the Dad of the Dad of Your Dad|
Story poems present adventures of fathers and their sons and daughters over the centuries from the beginning of time, into the future.
|Ross||All New Crafts for Mother's Day and Father's Day|
Learn how to make crafts for these special days.
|Smith||My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads|
A picture book of poems that celebrate fathers.