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May 252012

We have a Father’s Day tradition in my family that I hope to be able to continue for years to come.  Each year, Aiden and I choose a book for his daddy to read to him.  Inside the front cover of the book, I write a note from Aiden to his daddy.  I include a print of his hand at the bottom where a signature would go.  As Aiden gets older, I hope to encourage him to write in the book himself and eventually completely write the note.  Last year, I inserted a picture that Aiden had colored and decorated with stickers.

For their first Father’s Day {Aiden was 6 months old}, I chose the book, Me and My Dad! by Allison Ritchie.  It’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller about the adventures of Daddy bear and his son.  This book continues to be special to Aiden, and he requests to read it often.



Aiden was 18 months old for the second Father’s Day.  He helped me choose My Dad, My Hero by Ethan Long to give to his daddy.  With its colorful illustrations, this book reads like a comic book.  A little boy lists all of the ways his dad is not a superhero and describes why his dad is his hero.  When we first got this book, Aiden requested to read it every night for at least a month.  It is adorable and funny.  I highly recommend this book.


This will be our third Father’s Day {Aiden is 2.5}.  I am searching for a new book.  I went to the book store and honestly wasn’t impressed with their Father’s Day display.  They had the two books we already own plus a few others that were similar to Me and My Dad! or just didn’t quite fit my husband well enough.  For example, there was one book that talked about all of the fun things the dad and son did together, but then it mentioned his dad wasn’t good at camping.  Totally not my husband who is very competent will all things nature and outdoors.  I felt it would be insulting to buy that book.  If you are choosing to buy a book for another person to describe them, be sure to read it cover to cover.


Just a month ago, we purchased Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney because Aiden enjoyed reading the library’s copy so much.  Had I thought about, I should have waited for Father’s Day to give them this classic story about how much a little hare loves his daddy.  This is a perfect story to act out the actions as you read.



Now I need your help.  Do you have any favorite children’s books that are perfect for a father to read to his son?  I liked the focus on the daddy-son relationship, but I’m thinking I might have to branch out.

Thanks for any recommendations you have!


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  13 Responses to “A Father’s Day Tradition {Gift Ideas for Dad}”

  1. Try to find one that’s called What Dads Don’t Do. I think that’s the name of it. It’s got alligators and it talks about what Dad’s don’t do and what Dad’s do do. It’s really quiet cute and shows the role in daily life that Dad’s have. Good luck!

  2. Nice list! I haven’t head of My Dad, My Hero…it cracks me up though, because the author is my 1 year old nephew’s name. I’ll have to get the book for my brother :)

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  3. Thanks Trisha for this great idea. You can’t go wrong with Books! I order a couple of these!
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  4. I love this idea! What a wonderful tradition. I always find it difficult to decide on a Father’s Day. I think we’ll begin this traidtion this year. Thanks for linking up to the Weekly Kid’s Co-op.
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  5. I also love this idea and will be starting the tradition next year! I found the first book you mentioned on sale for $4.99 @ Gordmans last week. I wanted to add one that we love reading here weekly… it’s called “You are My I Love You” and has a daddy/baby bear story that’s soooo sweet.

  6. Crocodaddy by Kim Norman. One of my son’s favorites!

  7. Hi, here in Argentina, my 2 year old students love “My dad” by Anthony Browne. Specially the part about the Big Bad Wolf.

    Good luck!

  8. What a sweet idea! My boys (3 & 4) especially love “Jujo the youngest tribesman” by Ludy.

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