4 Picture Books Featuring Dads

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The best thing about dads? They are each wonderfully unique.

Father’s Day is just around the corner! Enjoy these four picture books showing the father-child relationship at different stages of life all with sweetness, humor and charming illustrations.

How to Surprise a Dad by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish (Ages 4-8)

How can you show your dad how much you care? Look no further, this book is a fun How to filled with  kid-friendly surprises to make, to find, and to do.  This book (and others in the series) are fun read-alouds with the added benefit of ideas kids can really use to surprise their dads or other family members! For families wanting to emphasize the joy and fun found in giving love back to others, this book is an enjoyable illustration of that concept.

If I Didn’t Have You by Alan Katz, illustrated by Chris Robertson (Ages 3-6)

What could I do, what could I have, if I didn’t have you?… At times, we all imagine what life could be. This picture book explores that idea humorously through a dialogue between father and son. If they didn’t have each other, for example, the father might have a sportier car or the son might stay up late every night. The repetitious phrase “If I didn’t have you” keeps the reader engaged and ties the conversation together while the colorful digital illustrations maintain the amusing tone. Have fun exploring the far-out could be’s and what if’s of father and son as they determine what they have in each other outweighs all else.

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison (Ages 4-9)

The typical comic image of a father trying to do his daughter’s hair is re-purposed into a delightful father-daughter bonding experience in this new 2019 publication. Zuri needs a splendid hair-do for a special day, so she and her father work together to find and create the perfect hairstyle. You will be captivated by the characters’ charm and sweet interactions throughout the story. The digital illustrations help this story leap off the pages and into your hearts.

Made for Me by Zack Bush, illustrated by Gregorio de Lauretis  (Ages 2-4)

Becoming a father is a powerful transformation. The author took his own sentiments on this momentous occasion and created a sweet book that would be a wonderful gift for a new father. The watercolor illustrations pair softly with the text, and rhyming couplets make this a pleasant read-aloud and especially suited for a cuddle session or bedtime reading. The disparity in size between father and baby as seen on the cover evokes the protectiveness and caring parents feel for their children and sets the tone for the whole book.