Every year the kids give a book to their dad for Father’s Day. It’s a tradition that I just love (maybe even more than the kids and their dad do). This year while looking for books, I found several new books for Father’s Day. They were published within the last year and will make excellent presents for dad. Affiliate links are included in this post. Thanks for supporting Inspiration Laboratories. Clicking on the book cover pictures or book titles will take you to Amazon.
New Books for Father’s Day
These picture books are in order of my preference. There are a few other new books for dads out there, but they are just not very good reads.
Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad by Liz Climo – This book is just adorable. Follow Rory the Dinosaur on his adventure. He loves to do things all by himself. He crosses rivers, finds shelter from the rain, and lots more. While Rory thinks he’s doing these things all on his own, his dad is always right there helping him along the way. It’s such a sweet reminder about how parents allow their children to become independent but they’ll always be there for them when needed.
How to Surprise a Dad by Jean Reagan, author of the New York Times bestsellers How to Babysit a Grandpa and How to Babysit a Grandma. How to Surprise a Dad is full of tips and suggestions for presents to give dad and activities to do with dad. It’s perfect for older kids who want to take care of Father’s Day on their own. I also love it for younger kids. This was our chosen book for this year until I found one that fits better with the rest of my husband’s present. Come back tomorrow and see what book we did choose.
Daddy Hugs by Nancy Tafuri has lovely watercolor pictures showcasing different animals cuddled up with their dads. “Little ones love daddy hugs. Feathered hugs… whiskered hugs… cozy hugs. Just-daddy-and-me hugs.” The author includes a list of animals with their scientific names at the end of the book and challenges readers to go back and search for the various insects, spiders, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals in the pictures throughout the book.
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney – author of the popular Llama Llama series that all started with Llama Llama Red Pajama. Nelly Gnu is one of Llama Llama’s friends and now she has her own book. It’s a cute story about a little girl and her daddy. Everything’s always more fun when Daddy is around. While I liked this book, I don’t think it’s as good as the rest of the Llama Llama books. Although it is better than many of the typical dad books. Give it a read and see what you think before buying it.
Mighty Dads by James Dean, the creator of Pete the Cat, came out in May 2014, so you may have seen it before. What I like most about this book is the colorful artwork – very reminiscent of the Pete the Cat books. Each of the daddy construction vehicles teaches his child how to follow in his footsteps. If you have kids that like cars and trucks, they’ll love this book.
Bonus: A Craft Book for Dad and the Kids
While searching Amazon for the links to the books I wanted to share, I found this little gem. I haven’t read Made with Dad yet as it just came out, but I plan on checking it out the next time I’m at the bookstore. The author also blogs at dadcando.com sharing lots of projects for kids.
My All Time Favorite Book for Dads
My Dad, My Hero by Ethan Long is my all time favorite book about dads. We’ve had this book since Aiden was 18 months old (he’s now 5.5). When we first got it, Aiden requested to read the book every night for at least a month. With its colorful illustrations, the 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. I highly recommend this book.
See the rest of the books we’ve given as gifts for Dad.
Okay. What did I miss? What new books would be perfect presents for Father’s Day?
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