Children’s Books with Dads as the Stars
Mama Llama, gendered drama…there are no shortage of kids’ books in which moms are there to save the day. But what about stories that cast dads as the central, calming (non-bumbling) figure? Here’s a list of amazing stories where fathers take center stage.
A spunky, pre-verbal toddler goes with her distractible dad and her irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind stuffed bunny to the laundromat. What could possibly go wrong?
The Daddy Book
Toddlers and big kids alike will delight in discussing all the different ways (from “singing to you in bed” to “stopping for doughnuts”) their dads adore them.
A lesser-known work from the iconic author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, this gorgeously illustrated book stars a male seahorse who actually gives birth to, and then (sniff!) gently separates from, his brood of aquatic babies.
Guess How Much I Love You
We challenge you to read this book with your child and not move your arms along with Little Nutbrown Hare, who declares he loves his dad this much—only to find his dad, Big Nutbrown Hare, loves him that much more.
I Love You Just the Way You Are
Little Bartholomew the Bear is grumpy. It’s snowy outside and his ears are cold, his porridge is too lumpy and he’s freaking the eff out about taking a bath. But big grown-up bear George, showing infinite patience (likely gleaned from his Bear parenting class), soothes him with love nevertheless.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Adventurous, evocative and honestly a tiny bit scary, this board book about a dad who leads his kids on a thrilling outdoor quest has a meaningful message about moving through your fears and overcoming obstacles as a family.