Father’s Day is tomorrow, so here’s a great book list to celebrate dads of all types we hope you enjoy before, after, or in between your plans for the day.
Sure, it probably could have been up earlier in the week, but as we were taught by dad growing up, “haste makes waste” and “better to do it once and do it right than to have to do it over and over again.” So we hope this collection of great stories to share gets it right, and that you enjoy reading them with all the dads in your life–tomorrow and all the days forward.
In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall by Javaka Steptoe
Poems, stories, and incredible illustrations dominate this collection of the importance of fathers and father figures in African-American culture.
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
We all know a father like this one–poor pop does not liked to be hopped on, but here he is some fifty years later, still suffering so that a new generation can learn to read.
Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements with illustrations by R.W. Alley
Dripping ice cream come? Lost shoe? Ball floating adrift and out to sea? These are all-consuming, life changing problems and one would need a superhero to prevent these disasters… Good thing for the little girl in this book that Dad is right there to save the day, time and time again.
Knuffle Bunny & Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
What dad can’t relate to these situations? All appears to be well, and suddenly, without warning, crisis erupts. Fortunately, Trixie’s dad is there, and frazzled and tired as he may be, he’s ready to save the day.
Night Driving by John Coy with illustrations by Peter McCarty
Great pencil drawings and simple text will revive your own feelings of nostalgia for childhood memories as you follow a young boy and his father on an overnight drive during their camping trip.
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein; illustrated by Tom Jellett
Man, do we know THIS guy.
In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a primer on all things humorous in the Dad-Universe: Leg hurt? Good thing you have two. Or should we cut it off? “Hi Hungry, nice to meet you.” Badum-bam! Puns, One liners, and groaners will have you reminiscing about that guy who was always his own best audience. The worst part? As you giggle your way through this book, reading it reminds you that the sense of humor your dad has–it’s probably genetic…
The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins; illustrations by Jane Chapman
Martin Jenkins tells all about one of the hardest working dads in the animal kingdom– the male Emperor Penguin who holds and protects a new egg for months until it’s ready to hatch. There’s not a far jump to remind the reader just how far any other dad would go to care for and protect his brood, no matter what kind of little monsters they may be.
Speaking of Dad humor, one of the greatest sources is Calvin’s dad in Bill Watterson’s long time comic strip Calvin & Hobbes.
Pick up any collection and let the laughter begin.
Here are a few for the older set:
Holes by Louis Sachar
While the main focus on this book is Stanley and his experience at Camp Green Lake, his father plays a very important role as well. He is after all, responsible for passing down his name, as well as the family curse, to his son, and his time spent working feverishly to develop his newest invention ultimately plays a role in the family’s change of fortune at the end of the novel.
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Iconic writer Dahl may have captured the essence of a boy’s childhood in this novel–living in a gypsy caravan, working on cars, even getting to poach fowl… Most importantly, a son who has a great relationship with his father. It’s his father who puts their situation into danger, but it’s Danny who has the plan to get them out, and to become the real Champion of the World. The closing line gives Dahl’s last bit of advice from the book: “What a child wants and needs is a parent who is sparky.”
We hope you enjoy these titles with all the dads, pops, gramps, old-mans, papas, grandfathers, daddys, and everyone else in your life. Be sure to tell us if we missed any, and if you are looking for a great place to spend some quality time with your dad (or your kids) be sure to check out all the programs and resources that your favorite Branch of the St. Louis Public Library can provide for you and yours. Lastly, don’t forget the advice we gave you before Mother’s Day–say those magic words:
and we bet he would enjoy that five minutes peace too…
Happy Father’s Day!