Thematic Reading List: Celebrating Dad
Sometimes it seems easier to find books about a child’s relationship with mom than it does to find books about relationships with dad. Luckily, CLCD has plenty of titles to help us find those hidden gems. We’ve chosen ten titles perfect for dads to share with their youngest children, so they will know dad is always there for them.
|33 Uses for a Dad
By: Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by: Amanda Haley
Humorous drawings show some different ways in which dads serve their children.
|The Daddy Book
By: Todd Parr
Simple text and colorful illustrations present a variety of fathers, describing the things that make them unique as well as similar, including their appearance, their jobs, and the activities they enjoy with their children.
|Girl of Mine
By: Jabari Asim
Illustrated by: LeUyen Pham
As daddy cradles his baby girl, she is suddenly whisked away on a fantastical adventure, swinging above lush floral gardens under the golden moonlight.
|Me and Dad
By: Maria Catherine
Illustrated by: Pascal Campion
In pictures and simple text, a father and child spend their day together.
|My Love Will Be with You
By: Laura Krauss
Illustrated by: Henri Sorensen
A variety of fathers tell their children how much they love them.
|A Lullaby for Little One
By: Dawn Casey
Illustrated by: Charles Fuge
Sharing a last game at the end of a lovely day filled with laughter and fun, little Bunny and Big Daddy Rabbit are joined by their woodland friends until little Bunny tires of all the hullabaloo, prompting a special lullaby by Big Daddy Rabbit.
|Made for Me
By: Zack Bush
Illustrated by: Gregorio De Lauretis
From a child’s first uttered “Dada” to his or her first unsteady steps, nothing can adequately convey the joy and awe of watching the birth and growth of a new child. This book is a presentation of tender moments that tie a father and his new child together—forever. Available in both picture book and board book.
By: Jill Newton
A variety of different animal children play hide-and-seek with their daddies, who are found hiding behind liftable flaps.
|The Very Best Daddy of All
By: Dane Marion
Illustrated by: Leslie Wu
Pictures and rhyming text show how fathers- animal, bird, and human- take care of their children by bringing them food, playing with them, and keeping them safe. On board pages.
|Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada
By: Jimmy Fallon
Illustrated by: Miguel Ordonez
A series of animal fathers try to get their young to say “Dada.”