Books about Dads: Picture Books

My Papi Has a Motorcycle Cover Image
By Isabel Quintero, Zeke Peña (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525553410
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her.

But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.

With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart, My Papi Has a Motorcycle is a young girl's love letter to her hardworking dad and to memories of home that we hold close in the midst of change.


Peck Peck Peck Cover Image
By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763689469
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Published: Candlewick - August 2nd, 2016

“Not only has irresistible charm but in Cousins’s signature fashion, there’s a lot to learn. . . . There’s a world of interactive enjoyment here.” — Booklist (starred review)

Little woodpecker has just learned to peck. He’s having so much fun that he peck-peck-pecks right through a door and has a go at everything on the other side. Children will be drawn to the young bird’s exuberance at learning a new skill—and ready to snuggle along at day’s end for a night of sweet dreams.


Dads Cover Image
By John Coy, Wing Young Huie (Photographer)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781541578395
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - April 7th, 2020

Celebrate all that fathers do: building, fixing, cooking, cleaning, laughing, crying, hugging, playing and more John Coy and Wing Young Huie--the author and photographer behind Their Great Gift--reunite for a new book that shows a wide range of fathers and children, particularly highlighting families of color and lower-income families, who often aren't depicted in children's books. This beautiful book is a perfect Father's Day gift


My Cat Looks Like My Dad Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771473514
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Published: Owlkids - April 15th, 2019

New from the creator of Wallpaper and Skunk on a String comes a witty and uplifting picture book that will speak to families of all varieties about how family really is what you make it.

 

Minimal text paired with bright paper-collage illustrations create comparisons on each spread in which the narrator talks about their family--especially the striking similarities between Dad and the cat. Both have orange hair, love milk, start their days with stretches, appreciate a good nap, and are brave (some of the time). The narrator is more like Mom, with wild hair, blue eyes, and a love of dancing.

 

A surprising twist at the end reveals the narrator's unexpected identity, also hinted at with clues in the art throughout the book. Warmth and whimsy in the illustrations add a playful balance to the story's deeper message about the love that makes a family a unit, no matter how unusual it may look from the outside.


Dad By My Side Cover Image
By Soosh
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316438087
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 8th, 2018


Whether they're playing make-believe, making you smile, or warding off monsters under the bed, dads are always there when you need them. Debut picture book artist Soosh celebrates fathers with a gorgeously illustrated and moving story about the parent-child bond.

When Soosh first posted her initial series of images of a larger-than-life father and his adorable daughter on Instagram, fans from across the world immediately took notice with over 2 million views on a popular viral content website in a single week.

These illustrations now come together in a universally relatable story of familial love for parents and children to share.


Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter) (Look-Look) Cover Image
By Mercer Mayer, Mercer Mayer (Illustrator)
$3.99
ISBN: 9780307118394
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2001

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is going on a camping trip with his dad in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he and his dad are canoeing, fishing, or building a campfire, parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect gift for Father’s Day . . . or any day!


Days with Dad Cover Image
By Nari Hong (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592702336
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 7th, 2017

Her dad can't walk. But she doesn't care about what he can't do, what she loves is what they do together
Based on experiences from author Nari Hong's own childhood, Days With Dad is a heartwarming story of love and appreciation between a young girl and her dad, who uses a wheelchair. Narrated by the daughter, the story follows an ongoing conversation between the two about the father's regret over what he is unable to do with his daughter because of his reliance on a wheelchair. But his daughter makes it clear that there's nothing to feel badly about. Whether they're sitting on the beach building a sandcastle or drinking hot cocoa and watching the rain, what she loves are the things they can do together.

 


Papa Brings Me the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250159250
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 5th, 2020

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw's Papa Brings Me the World is a poignant picture book that celebrates the bond between parent and child, and follows their long-distance trip around the world.

Most parents drive a car or ride a bus or train to work—but not Lulu’s papa. He navigates mountains, deserts, and oceans, each time returning home with pockets full of treasures. There’s an ancient calculator from China, a musical mbira from Zimbabwe, and a special game from Sumatra. But the best treasures are special stories Papa tells when he comes home—tales of playing peekaboo with rare birds in the Andes and befriending dragons in the Irish Sea.

This long-distance love story between parent and child celebrates inclusivity, imagination, and the richness of global cultures.


Owl Moon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399214578
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Published: Philomel Books - October 23rd, 1987

Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.

But there is no answer.

Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don't need words. You don't need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn't an owl, but sometimes there is.

Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind's close relatiohship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by John Schoenherr's soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading alound and sharing at bedtime.


And Tango Makes Three Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781481449946
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Published: Little Simon - June 2nd, 2015

The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family is narrated by award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris in this book and CD package.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

Releasing in time for the tenth anniversary of And Tango Makes Three, this book and CD edition features narration by renowned actor Neil Patrick Harris.


The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060587031
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Published: HarperCollins - September 26th, 2006

"I'll swap you my dad," I said.

"Oh-oh," said my little sister.

What if you wanted your best friend's two goldfish so much that you'd swap anything for them, even your father?

What if your mother came home and found out what you'd done?


You Made Me a Dad Cover Image
By Laurenne Sala, Mike Malbrough (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062396945
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Published: HarperCollins - May 7th, 2019

A picture book for expectant fathers and already-fathers everywhere created by the author of You Made Me a Mother, Laurenne Sala, and the Marigold Bakes a Cake author-illustrator, Mike Malbrough.

In this touching celebration of fatherhood, the close bond between parent and child comes to life with heartwarming resonance.

Laurenne Sala’s tranquil text, accompanied by Mike Malbrough’s tender watercolor illustrations, creates a warm look at the joys, fears, and responsibilities of being a dad over the years.

A perfect gift for Father’s Day!

I loved you before I saw you.

When you were just a heartbeat.

Then a picture.

Then a teeny-tiny kick...


Great Job, Dad! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780735264106
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Published: Tundra Books - March 26th, 2019


A contemporary felted creation celebrating Dad's many jobs from the co-creator of Cozy Classics.

Being a dad is eleven jobs in one!

This unique picture book for very young readers celebrates the many jobs being a parent encompasses: A receptionist scheduling important meetings (for playdates), an architect designing buildings (or pillow forts), an inspector (of diapers!) . . . When Dad gets home from his day job at the office, he never knows which job will be waiting for him, but he knows it'll be fun!

Each rhyming spread features intimate, familiar, comforting and humorous depictions of family life through a wholly original -- and amazing! -- needle-felted lens.


Side by Side: A Celebration of Dads Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780714878669
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Published: Phaidon Press - March 11th, 2019

A heartfelt and playful ode to the father-child relationship, by two-time Caldecott-medal-winning author Chris Raschka

King and Jester, Boat and Captain, Mountain and Climber... fathers and children are all of these things and more in Chris Raschka's tribute to this familial pair. Each stanza presents three scenarios in which the father and child's roles are subtly balanced. The pairs vary between stanzas, coming together in a visit to an ice-cream truck. With minimal text and maximum emotion, the book encapsulates Raschka's own passion and nostalgia for being a father to his [now-grown] son.

Ages 3-5