20 of the BEST books for kids to give to their Dad for Father’s Day

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20 of the BEST books for kids to give to their Dad for Father’s Day

Father’s Day in New Zealand this year is on Sunday 5 September 2021. Struggling for ideas of what the kids can get Dad for Father’s Day?  Consider choosing one of our favourite 20 books that celebrate Dads. Plus your child and their father can enjoy reading the book on Father’s Day together too!

Happy Father's Day children's book

Happy Father's Day

by David Creighton-Pester

A bright and humorous picture book which celebrates fathers everywhere. With sweet and funny text, written by real kids about their dads.

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Superdad's Day Off

by Phil Earle

A story celebrating father-son bonds and family, for young (and old) superhero fans!

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Daddy Long Legs

by Nadine Brun-Cosme

Meet a determined Dad with a big imagination in Daddy Long Legs. With its warm, reassuring feel and the adorably drawn relationship between a father and his child, this moving story makes the perfect book for Father’s Day and beyond.

Daddy Long Legs is a joyous book with bright, fresh and funny artwork from uniquely talented French illustrator Aurelie Guillerey, full of retro charm.

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My Dad is Fanstastic

by Roald Dahl

The perfect Father’s Day gift, inspired by the wondercrump world of Roald Dahl My Dad is FANTASTIC He’s clever, kind and wise. You’ll know he’s really smiling By the twinkle in his eyes! A read-aloud rhyming board book that celebrates dads everywhere.

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I Love My Daddy childrens book

I Love My Daddy

by Sebastien Braun

I love my Daddy.” A phrase that fills the heart of every proud Dad. Sebastien Braun’s celebration of fatherhood is conveyed in rich pictures and touching words.

Ages: 0 to 5 years.

Find a copy here.

The Night Before Father's Day

by Natasha Wing

It’s the night before Father’s Day, and Mum and the kids have a plan to surprise Dad with a special gift. When Dad goes for a bike ride, everyone gets to work. Dad wakes up the next day to find his garage newly organized and his car sparkly clean. So, of course, he celebrates by taking everyone for a spin!

Ages: 3 to 5 years.

Buy it here.

A Father's Love

by Hannah Holt

This heart warming board book celebrates the love that fathers and children share in the animal kingdom, while also teaching young readers about colours. Perfect for a Father’s Day gift and for kids who love their dads on any old day. Throughout the animal kingdom, in every part of the world, fathers love and care for their babies. This beautiful book takes readers around the globe and across the animal kingdom, showcasing the many ways fathers love and care for their babies.

Buy it here.

My Old Man, He Played Rugby

by Peter Millett a New Zealand author

My old man, he played one, he played front row in the scrum, with a heave ho, here we go, playing in the zone, my old man came charging home!

You’ll laugh out loud at the outrageous antics of dads of all shapes and sizes in this ball game to beat them all! GO DAD, GO!

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You and Me, Me and You

by Miguel Tanco

The wonder of being a Dad is on display in this touching tribute to fathers. . In You and Me, Me and You, that special bond is honoured through poignant, tenderly rendered illustrated vignettes: a father and son walk together, discuss life amid a city’s bustle, play and, perhaps most profoundly, grow, side by side. Bright pops of Pantone yellow infuse each spread with joy and a cloth spine adds an irresistible specialness.

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Our Dad

by David Ling a New Zealand author

Mum goes out to work and Dad works from home. He’s there in the day to do things but he’s pretty clumsy and forgetful and his cooking is dreadful. Sometimes the kids laugh, saying that he must be the most hopeless Dad in the world. But of course they know he isn’t really. He can be good fun and when they have problems, are sick, worried or need support in any way, he’s the best Dad in the world.

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My Dad is Amazing

by Sabrina Moyle

The board book My Dad Is Amazing, features a mythical yeti, and is a joyful tribute to just how amazing parents (and their kids!) are.

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My Dad Used to Be So Cool

by Keith Negley

Keith Negley’s playful and emotional art tells this story of a new father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. He looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he’s the coolest guy in the world.

Buy it here.

My Dad Loves Me children's book

My Dad Loves Me!

by Marianne Richmond

My Dad plays with me. My Dad naps with me. My Dad protects me.  My Dad Loves Me! board book illustrates all the ways a Dad shows his love to his children.

Ages: 0 to 5

Buy it here.

Dad and the Dinosaur

by Gennifer Choldenko

A heartwarming father-son story about bravery and facing fears. Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help.  Luckily, his dad knows that even the bravest people can get scared, and it’s okay to ask for help facing your fears.

Buy it here.

Daddy Papa And Me children's book

Daddy, Papa and Me

by Leslea Newman

One of the only original board books about gay parents! A perfect purchase for new parents, baby showers, and more! Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together. Share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.

Ages 0 to 5 years.

Buy a copy here.

Your Baby's First Word will be Dada

by Jimmy Falloon

Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon’s picture book is a punch and simple story that makes for fun read out loud story. Everyone knows that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies’ first word is “Dada!” But how does it work?

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My Dad

by Susan Quinn and illustrated by Marina Ruiz

My Dad is a beautifully illustrated, stereotype-busting celebration of all the everyday things a Dad does to make his child so wonderfully, daddish-ly awesome!

With lyrical rhyming text and gentle illustrations, this is a joyous celebration of fatherhood which creates a special reading experience between a child and their father. Inspire a child to explore what makes the relationships in their own life special with this touching book.

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My Dad

by Lesley Gibbes and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

The dinosaur kids fight and grumble until, an earthshaking STOMP echoes over the hill. Get ready, get set, for daddies galore. Here they come! Here they come! Here they come… ROAR!

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You Made Me a Dad

by Laurenne Sala

In this touching celebration of fatherhood, the close bond between father and child comes to life with heartwarming resonance. The story creates a warm look at the joys, fears, and responsibilities of being a Dad over the years.

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Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa

by Laurenne Sala

Because I’m your Dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, french toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub. This children’s book is 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 inter-generational 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.

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