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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.

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Hyperion

Knuffle Bunny

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?    

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LB Kids

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. 

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Philomel Books

Mister Seahorse

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.

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Candlewick

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.  

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Candlewick

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. 

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Classic Board Books

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.

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