What better way to celebrate Dad than by snuggling up and reading a book together? The dads in these Father’s Day books are funny, brave, loving – and a little bit silly! Which book will you choose for Dad this Father’s Day?
Father’s Day books to read with Dad
Here are our top 10 favourite Father’s Day books. Read our overview of each book to help you decide if it’s a good choice for your young story lovers!
Amazing Daddy – Rachel Bright
“My daddy is amazing for a thousand different reasons. He’s a year-round superhero, a daddy for all seasons!”
Join Little Panda and Daddy Panda as they spend the day together, sharing lots of special moments along the way.
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny – Katrina Germein, Illus. – Tom Jellett
A book for anyone whose dad has made them laugh – or cringe! My Dad doesn’t like babysitting. He says no one should sit on babies. My Dad doesn’t eat seafood. He says there’s something fishy about it. My Dad doesn’t lie in bed. He says you should always tell the truth. My Dad thinks he’s funny.
Suitable for children 5+ years old. (Australian). Buy online here.
Bluey: The Big Blue Guy’s Book of Dad Goals – Bluey
Dive into the Big Blue Guy’s guide to being the best dad ever and find out how to kick some dad goals! A gorgeous hardback book for kids of all ages
I Love My Dad – Anna Walker
Ollie and Dad love banana bread, climbing trees and piggyback rides! Ollie loves Dad and Dad loves Ollie! A delightful new story from the loveable character Ollie the zebra and his pet dog, Fred. Ollie celebrates all the things that he loves about his Dad like making banana bread together, playing with him in the park, and painting. But it is Dad’s piggyback to bed at the end of a fun day that Ollie likes best of all.
Suitable for children 2 – 6 years old. Buy online here.
Because I Am Your Daddy – Sherry North, Illus. – Marcellus Hall
How much do fathers love their children? Enough to fly them to school in a plane? Enough to dig for the biggest dinosaur the world has ever known? From exploring dark caves to leading a marching band to even being a space alien, a father’s love is unconditional, and he will do anything to make sure all of his child’s dreams come true. The dynamic duo of Sherry North and Marcellus Hall team up once again to treat parents and children to a story that celebrates affection with imagination.
Suitable for children 3 – 8 years old. Buy online here.
What Does Your Daddy Do? – Gordon Reece, Illus. – Vilma Cencic
One day Tina comes home from school crying because her teacher asked everyone what their fathers did. Rangjit’s Dad is a TV actor, Peter’s Dad is a rock star, Julie’s Dad is a famous judge, and Emma’s Dad is the captain of the Australian soccer team. Tina tries to claim that her Dad is an astronaut, but all the other kids know the truth, and say that he sweeps the streets and empties the bins. Why doesn’t my Daddy do something important?’ Tina asks her Mum. But he does, Mum says. Let me see… He does silly things to make you laugh, he plays games with you till way past your bedtime, he tickles your feet until you beg him to stop, he listens for hours to all your tall stories, he reads to you at bedtime, he does all these things because he loves you and that’s the most important job in the world.
Suitable for children 3-6 years old. Buy online here.
Daddy’s Cheeky Monkey – Andrew Daddo, Illus. – Emma Quay
Someone′s pretending to be asleep, but Daddy′s cheeky monkey is awake and soon the whole house will be a zoo! A gorgeous board book about the cheeky names daddies give to their little ones.
Suitable for children 1+ years old. (Australian). Buy online here.
Kisses For Daddy – Frances Watts, Illus. – David Legge
It’s time for bed, but Baby Bear just wants to play. When Daddy asks for a goodnight kiss, this grumbly baby says no way. This charming father coaxes his son through his nightly routine by asking Baby Bear for giraffe kisses, crocodile kisses, bat kisses, and more! Bright, energetic illustrations convey Baby Bear’s change of heart as the charming relationship between father and son plays out before the reader’s eyes. This heartwarming story is perfect for bedtime AND Father’s Day!
Suitable for children 3+ years old. (Australian). Buy online here.
A Little Book About Me and My Dad – Jedda Robaard
This is a book about me and my Dad. My Dad is really special. Here are all the reasons why!
Keepsake Father’s Day books are a celebration of the special relationship between dads and their children. Store photographs, postcards and other special memorabilia in the pouch at the back of the book and write down favourite memories or shared experiences. Draw pictures in the provided spaces to tell your Dad just how special he is. Kids can complete the card and the book for the perfect gift for their Dad.
Features a gorgeous cloth spine, and a removable card and envelope with the delightful artwork of Jedda Robaard.
Suitable for children of all ages. Buy online here.
Darth Vader and Son – Jeffrey Brown
What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if ‘Luke, I am your father’ was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.
Celebrated comic artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful comics give a fresh twist to classic Star Wars™ moments, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away, including lightsaber baseball practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, and Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star (‘Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!’), and the special bond shared between any father and son.
Suitable for Star Wars fan dads and children aged 5+. Buy online here.
Stop the Dad Jokes! – Adrian Beck
This book is full of Dad jokes that are embarrassing, goofy and NOT FUNNY! A trip to the zoo with Dad means seeing lots of animals . . . and hearing plenty of dad jokes too! A hilarious story by Adrian Beck (a dad) illustrated by Simon Greiner (another dad).
The perfect Father’s Day gift and read-aloud story! Suitable for children 5+ years old. Buy it online here.
Hair Love – Matthew A. Cherry
It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy.
A special book
Not all children have their father with them on Father’s Day. This is a special book for young children whose father has passed away.
Olive’s Special Father’s Day – Sonica Ellis, Illus. – Harriet Rodis
Olive’s Special Father’s Day is a heartfelt story of a cute little bear named Olive whose father has passed away. Join Olive as she struggles with what to do when her class begins to make Father’s Day cards and see what Olive’s teacher, classmates, and mother do to help.
Olive’s Special Father’s Day seeks to help children understand that grief and a sense of loss are normal feelings for them to have following the death of a loved one.
Suitable for children aged 3 – 6 years. Buy online here.