Happy Father’s Day weekend, everyone! ๐Ÿ’™

It’s the weekend where we all celebrate our Dad’s, father-in-laws or just the father figures in our lives! And what a perfect way to celebrate with them then to read some books!

Today I’m bringing you 20 different children’s books that are perfect last minute gifts or as a cozy reading session! As a special bonus, I have two great memory-keeping book suggestions for you – so be sure to keep reading until the end!

Please note that all of the book covers link to their Goodreads page!

Made for Me by Zack Bush - The Contented ReaderOf all the children that ever could be, You are the one made just for me.

From a child’s first uttered “Dada” to his or her first unsteady steps, nothing can adequately convey the joy and awe of watching the birth and growth of a new child. Filled with adorable illustrations and the refrain, “You are the one made just for me,” Made for Me is a winning presentation of tender moments that tie a father and his new child together forever.

My Dad is Amazing by Sabrina Moyle - The Contented ReaderMy Mom Is Magical, featuring a magical unicorn, andย My Dad Is Amazing?, featuring a mythical yeti, are joyful tributes to just how amazing parents (and their kids!) are.

My Dad is Amazing is a fun and colourful board book for children that describes different reasons why daddy is amazing.

With My Daddy by Jo Witek - The Contented ReaderA little girl honors her dad and all the fun they have together in this sweet companion toย In My Heart.

Our spunky heroine loves spending time with her dad. They ride bikes and swim in the pool! They can imagine exciting adventures, or just lounge around on a hot day. Being with her dad makes her feel safe and comforted, strong and powerful. She can confront the neighborโ€™s dog and get thrown up in the air! And when she gets too scared, or too angry, nothing calms her down better than a big hug from dad. This addition to the bestselling Growing Hearts series will make an appealing gift for Fatherโ€™s Day.

My Dad is Amazing is a fun and colourful board book for children that describes different reasons why daddy is amazing.

I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar - The Contented ReaderThis gorgeous little gift book from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect way to say, ‘I Love You, Dad!’ this Father’s Day!

Dad… you’re easy to talk to… even when I am feeling prickly… you are always there… that’s why I love you, Dad!

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of love and all the ways to tell your dad how much you care.

This lovely little book features Eric Carle’s colourful artwork of animal dads and babies, with the Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one.

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My Dad is Amazing is a fun and colourful board book for children that describes different reasons why daddy is amazing.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney - The Contented ReaderAll children want reassurance that their parents’ love runs wide and deep. In Guess How Much I Love You, a young rabbit named Little Nutbrown Hare thinks he’s found a way to measure the boundaries of love. In a heartwarming twist on the “I-can-do-anything-you-can-do-better” theme, Little Nutbrown Hare goes through a series of declarations regarding the breadth of his love for Big Nutbrown Hare. But even when his feelings stretch as long as his arms, or as high as his hops, Little Nutbrown Hare is fondly one-upped by the elder rabbit’s more expansive love.

Anita Jeram’s illustrations are bound to elicit an “aw” from even the sternest of readers; these loving rabbits are expressive, endearing, and never cloying. In turn, Sam McBratney tells a simple bedtime story of sweet familial love with humor, insight, and a delightful surprise at the end. Children and parents will love snuggling up for this one–a treat to be read again and again, just before the lights are turned out

Just Like Daddy by Ovi Nedlecu - The Contented ReaderA vivdly illustrated day in the life of a little boy and his daddy, this charming picture book paints a gently ironic comparison of how the day unfolds for each of them.

The toddler is filled with glee as he tackles each new challenge, while the dad faces his day with a a more grown-up combination of perseverance and resignation–yet he finds himself inspired by his son’s open-hearted optimism. Spreads alternate between perspectives–the little boy’s excitement at driving his toy car around compared with his father trying to navigate traffic, for example. The tension is resolved by a transcendent final spread that shows what makes it all worthwhile. In its unvarnished yet loving acceptance of the travails of being a working parent, Just Like Daddyย is a perfect Father’s Day gift for today’s dads.

Anita Jeram’s illustrations are bound to elicit an “aw” from even the sternest of readers; these loving rabbits are expressive, endearing, and never cloying. In turn, Sam McBratney tells a simple bedtime story of sweet familial love with humor, insight, and a delightful surprise at the end. Children and parents will love snuggling up for this one–a treat to be read again and again, just before the lights are turned out.

Daddy is My Hero by Dawn Richards - The Contented ReaderMy daddy looks quite normal,ย no different from the rest …ย 
But my daddy is a HERO, the greatest dad, the best!

A child plays dressing up with Dad, and together they go on some amazing adventures. As if by magic, Dad becomes a cowboy and a knight, fights pirates and flies a spaceship, all in the course of one special day together.

This is a tender, touching tribute to all the heroic dads out there!

My Dad is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell - The Contented ReaderThis joyful story celebrates Dad as the funnest person in the world and the best playground ever! A perfect Father’s Day gift to show your appreciation!

He’s the highest swing and a great climbing wall, he’s a bouncing trampoline and merry as a merry-go-round. And then, when playtime is over, Dad is the best for reading and snuggling with before bed. Luciana Navarro Powell’s spirited writing is perfectly paired with her colorful, energetic, and very humorous artwork. Dads and their kids will love reading and rereading this glorious celebration of fathers.

I Love My Daddy by Sebastien Braun - The Contented ReaderSometimes daddies are loud and playful. Other times they are quiet and compassionate. And they areย alwaysย loving. Sebastien Braun’s appealing text and charming illustrations follow a day in the life of a bear and his bear cub in this celebration of the bond between father and child.

Things to Do With Dad by Sam Zuppardi - The Contented ReaderCan a young boy figure out how to turn an obstacle into an opportunity in this nearly wordless picture book?

A morning of fun with Dad takes a turn for the boring when a long to-do list interferes. At first content to let Dad cross things off his list, the boy in the story soon realizes that the whole day will be spent on chores unless he can come up with a solution. In his singularly expressive, kid-friendly style, author-illustrator Sam Zuppardi crafts a colorful celebration of the fun that can be had with just a little imagination and a trusty green crayon.

Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko - The Contented ReaderA heartwarming father-son story about bravery and facing fears.ย 

Nicholas was afraid of the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs live, and the underside of manhole covers.ย 

His dad was not afraid of anything.

Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help. That s why he needs a dinosaur. After all, dinosaurs like the dark, bugs are nothing to them, and they eat manhole covers for lunch (and everything under them for dinner).ย  With his toy dinosaur, Nicholas can scale tall walls, swim in deep water, even score a goal against the huge goalie everyone calls Gorilla. But when the dinosaur goes missing, everything is scary again.

Luckily, his dad knows that even the bravest people can get scared, and it s okay to ask for help facing your fears. It s just guy stuff.ย 


A family classic in the making from the dream team of Newbery Honor-winner Gennifer Choldenko and Caldecott Medal-winner Dan Santat.ย 

Your Baby's First Word with be DADA by Jimmy Fallon - The Contented ReaderYour baby’s first word will be . . .

“Dada!”

Right?

Everyone knows that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies’ first word is “Dada!”

But how does it work?

One of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC’sย The Tonight Showย host, Jimmy Fallon, shows you how.

My Dad Loves Me by Marianne Richmond - The Contented ReaderMy dad plays with me.
My dad naps with me
My dad protects me

Featuring adorable illustrations from Marianne Richmond,ย My Dad Loves Me!ย illustrates all the ways dad shows his love to his children! Kids can relive their best times with Dad every day!

A great Father’s Day gift, birthday gift, or just a way to show love to dad any day!

Spot Loves his Daddy by Eric Hill - The Contented ReaderSpot Loves His Dadย is a classic Spot story by Eric Hill.

In ‘Spot Loves His Dad’, Spot enjoys spending time with his Dad. They do lots of fun things together – from playing football to flying a kite to feeding ducks. Spot loves Dad, and Dad loves Spot.

This book is delightful for father and son to share together. And will make an especially lovely gift – for Father’s Day, a birthday – or any other celebration day!

Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown - The Contented ReaderEpisode: Bedtime.Darth Vader’s parenting skills are tested as young Luke and Leia won’t go to sleep. Can he calm them by reading a story featuring, Han Solo, Yoda, Boba Fett, and others as they each settle down for the night?

Daddies Do It Different by Alan Lawrence Sitomer and Abby Carter - The Contented ReaderDaddy sure doesn’t do things the way Mommy does Just in time for Father’s Day, this hilarious picture book takes a high-spirited look at the way dads put their own spin on different parts of a child’s life–from going to a birthday party to bathtime. Alan Sitomer’s debut picture book is inspired by his own experiences as a father and winningly complemented with delightful art by Abby Carter.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle - The Contented ReaderThis story literally unfolds as pages open dramatically, extending both outward and upward. Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it for her. It isn’t easy to climb all the way to the moon, but he finally succeeds–only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! The way the problem is resolved is a joyful surprise.

You Made Me a Dad by Laurenne Sala - The Contented ReaderLaurenne Salaโ€™s follow-up toย You Made Me a Motherย is a beautiful celebration of fatherhood with illustrations by the creator ofย Marigold Bakes a Cake, Mike Malbrough.

In this touching celebration of fatherhood, the close bond between parent and child comes to life with heartwarming resonance. Laurenne Salaโ€™s tranquil text, accompanied by Mike Malbroughโ€™s tender illustrations, creates a genuine look at the joys, fears, and responsibilities of being a dad over the years.

Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa - The Contented ReaderBecause I’m your dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub.

In a text that’s both playful and loving, 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. The book’s ending, a moving tribute to the author’s father, guarantees intergenerational appeal.

Because I’m your dad, I will do all of these things for you and more . . . because that’s what my dad did for me.

My Dad Loves Me This Much by Joe Fitzpatrick - The Contented ReaderMy Dad Loves Me This Much explores the special bond that exists between father and child. The repetitive narrative and bright illustrations will make this touching story a perfect tale to share with little ones of all ages.

Bonus Memory Books!

Love, Dad and Me by Katie Clemons - The Contented ReaderA one-of-a-kind journal for the father & daughter who crave a rule-free, creative way to connect with each other.ย 

This engaging prompt journal is the perfect tool to build father-daughter relationships. Kids can record memories, swap stories, compare perspectives, and explore common and unique interests with their dads! Interactive lists and letters back and forth invite both dad and daughter to reflect, write, and doodle about topics timely to their lives as kids, build self-confidence, and improve their penmanship.

Between Dad and Me by Katie Clemons - The Contented ReaderA one-of-a-kind journal for the father & son who crave a rule-free, creative way to connect with each other.

This engaging prompt journal is the perfect tool to build father-son relationships. Kids can record memories, swap stories, compare perspectives, and explore common and unique interests with their dads! Interactive lists and letters back and forth invite both dad and son to reflect, write, and doodle about topics timely to their lives as kids, build self-confidence, and improve their penmanship.

 

Let’s Chat in the Comments!

What do you plan on reading this weekend? Are you celebrating Father’s Day? If so, what’s your favourite thing to do with your Dad?

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

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