Literature is full of great father figures: Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, Bob Cratchit from A Christmas Carol, Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter series, Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, Mathew Cuthbert from the Anne of Green Gables series, and Horton the Elephant from Horton Hatches the Egg, just to name a few. Fathers come in all shapes, sizes, and relationships, and with Father's Day tomorrow, it's a great time to take a look at some great picture books about dads of all kinds.
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I Love You More Than... by Taye Diggs
A father reassures his young son that although they cannot always be together, he misses his baby boy and always thinks about him.
A Different Pond by Bao Phi
As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney
Drawing. Reading. Building. Painting. These are things Nelly loves to do but they're always better with Daddy Gnu! With fun-to-read rhyme, a little silliness, and a lot of warmth, Anna Dewdney - the creator of the beloved Llama Llama books-tells the story of a daughter and her daddy and their wonderful day together.
Oh Daddy! by Bob Shea
A young hippopotamus shows his father the right way to do things, such as getting dressed, watering the flowers, and especially giving big hugs.
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero
When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.
Made for Me by Zack Bush
Of all the children that ever could be, You are the one made just for me. From a child's first uttered "Da-da" to her first unsteady steps, nothing can adequately convey the joy and awe of watching the birth and growth of a new child.
Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa
A father expresses his hopes and dreams for a one-of-a-kind relationship with his child. Whimsical monster characters bring the silly and sweet scenes to life and keep the book universal.
Mighty Dads by Joan Holub
Told in simple rhyming text, hard-working construction vehicle fathers guide and encourage their children.
Following Papa's Song by Gianna Marino
Little Blue, a young humpback whale, has never made the long migration up the coast, and he is worried about his first long journey with Papa.
Gator Dad by Brian Lies
From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day.
Hooked by Tom Greenwald
A boy and his dad discover all they have in common on a fishing trip in this sweet picture book about father-son bonding.
When a Dad Says "I Love You" by Douglas Wood
Explores some of the many and varied ways a father can express his love, even without saying the words, such as by making pancakes, playing games, and reading a favorite story using special voices for each character.
Hush Little Bunny by David Ezra Stein
A father rabbit offers messages of nurturing protection and comfort to his baby.
A Father's Love by Hannah Holt
Throughout the animal kingdom and within snug houses, fathers express love for their children in their own unique ways. Includes facts about the animals featured.
Just Because You're Mine by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Little Red Squirrel spends a day showing his father all of the wonderful things he can do, as he tries to guess why Daddy loves him.