Picture Books for Dads, Dads-to-be and Dads who Once Knew the Definition of Cool

Here are a few titles on the beauty of fatherhood and also a few that acknowledge women aren't the only ones who (at times) resort to "mom-jeans" and struggle with balancing their new and old identities. 

My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley. For the dad who was in a rock and roll band and now spends more time folding laundry. It's important to let him know that he's still your own personal rockstar. 

 

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie. Thunder Boy is named after his father and wants to feel unique. His thoughtful father comes up with the perfect name for Junior. 

 

Naptastrophe! By Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Did your dad warn you, “Be careful what you ask for?” This funny tale of a child who does not want to nap shows exactly what happens when you get your wish…errands with dad. 

 

Things to Do with Dad by Sam Zuppardi. This new book shows a realistic picture of a father who has a long to-do list and also loves hanging with his son. His son starts strategizing about how they can get out of the to–do list and on to more fun ways to spend some time with dad. 

 

Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy Fallon. Because every mom is secretly a little annoyed that the -D sound comes naturally to babies. It's best to laugh.

 

Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz. The large illustrations in this counting book are captivating for little minds. Plus it's a super sweet one for dads and babies at bedtime.   

 

Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee. A sweet book telling the stories behind each of a father's tattoos. 

 

The Daddy Book by Todd Parr. Parr books do the best job of representing the diversity in the world and normalizing it for young minds. 

 

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems. This book shows a realistic picture of everyday dads doing laundry and keeping track of child's lovey. Plus it just happens to be our household favorite. 

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle. An admirable tale of a father's endless love where a little girl, Monica, wants her dad to bring the moon to her, and he tries his very best. 

 

Monster and Son by David LaRochelle. For the dad who enjoys playing rough and roaring with his littles, this book tells the story of a day in the life of a dad having fun. 

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. This award winning classic shows the beauty in the few and far between peaceful moments. The father takes his child owling and they march through the calm snow, taking in the sights and sounds.  

Don't forget about the grandfathers and grandfathers-to-be with this cute title How to Babysit a Grandpa

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