Need a last-minute gift idea? Start a new tradition of giving a sharing book to Dad each year to add to the collection. Or make it a whole bag or basket full of books for your child to read especially with Daddy! Give this meaningful gift, an intentional gift, that will foster more special moments and bonding with Dad. Let your children go to the book store with you to pick them out, and look by alphabetical order for the author’s name. Let them contribute a few pennies or dollars from their piggy bank to hand to the cashier. Let them inscribe it with their name or initials, draw a heart (or tape in a drawing or handprint with “Happy Father’s Day” and the year), let them decorate the bag with fabric markers or the basket with ribbons. Include a framed picture of Daddy and child reading together to make it extra meaningful!
Here are some of our favorite “Daddy” books, and a few more I found:
We LOVE this book! Full of fun and simple physical touch “games” and rituals for Daddy and kids. Octopus hugs, broken rocking chair, feed the pony, animal bridge, and more! Give it to Daddy for a night at home alone with the kids, and the fun will be endless until they crash in exhaustion!
This one will provide Daddy and child with some great nicknames for fun, and is filled with cute animal babies and Daddies. Talk about what Daddy calls your child, and what your child likes to be called by Daddy.
Kids love books that bring animals to life. This one shows how a Daddy bear might take care of a little cub – washing, feeding, tucking in – all the same things that a child’s dad might do, but in different ways!
The fabulous Garrison Keeler wrote this for his own little daughter. It has great, rich, fun rhymes and tells 4 short stories of dad and daughter: sharing quiet moments together, taking a walk together, dining together, and dancing together. It comes with a jazzy CD of the song, too. A few commenters online did not like some of the imagery or language, so you might want to read through it first. But most love it! And I love Garrison Keeler, so I plan to give it a try. (A good gift from Ellie to Daddy.)
Let me know…what are your favorite “Daddy” books?