Picture Books for Dads

Pardon my hiatus from my blog. On top of an amazing and busy school year, my husband and I just welcomed our little girl Lucy in early June. Lucy’s library of board books and picture books is off to an incredible start. In large part due to the generous gifts of friends and family. Not to mention on my last day of school, prior to my maternity leave, my class parents and students coordinated the most thoughtful gift, each student brought in their favorite book with a dedication to Lucy!

I’ve enjoyed reading all of these books to our little one, but then I started to wonder, are there any books out there for dads to read to their babies? Good news! I found some great ones and am excited to share them in this post.

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon is a hilarious book about different members of the animal kingdom on a quest to have their respective child’s first word be “dada.” The look on the father rabbit’s face (below) reveals the struggle they face in the process, but rest assured… there is a happy ending!

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Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz is an adorable counting to ten board book that highlights the simple yet meaningful interactions between a father and his baby. This book can be read as a going to bed story. It can also be an interactive read aloud where dad and baby act out what is happening on each page, for example “Two teeny, tiny finger hugs.”

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For an slightly older child and dad, I recommend My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein. This is a great story about a goofy dad who’s actions, though he may make his son (and the reader) roll his eyes, are filled with love. The child, though he may roll his eyes, loves and admires his father!

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