Celebrate your partner, your kids’ father, your own dad, or your children’s other father figures with these uplifting kids books celebrating fatherhood and the relationships between fathers and their children.
Check out these 14 best books for Father’s Day that you can read together with kids! Father’s Day in Australia is on Sunday 3 September 2023.
When is Father’s Day 2023?
Father’s Day is on Sunday 3 September 2023.
Philip Bunting (author of Mopoke) has done it again with Wild About Dads! Beautifully presented, humorous and full of animal illustrations, delight the whole family with this new picture book celebrating fathers and looking at their role right across the animal kingdom.
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This beautiful book by Jessica Sanders (also the award-winning author of Love Your Body) encourages boys and young men to be themselves, broadening their concept of what it means to be a man.
While we may all know and love Bandit, the popular cartoon blue heeler on the hit TV show Bluey, Bluey and Bingo will tell us why THEY love him.
The clear illustrations and concise text make this perfect for younger children to read aloud with their dad.
Related post: More Bluey books and other Bluey products
This beautiful story, written by an astrophysicist reflecting on realisations since becoming a parent, compares the vastness of our universe with how very precious one single child is, and our connection to the cosmos.
The text is lyrical and pleasant to read, which would make it perfect to snuggle in with at bedtime.
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Beautifully illustrated with mixed media images, Papa Brings Me the World by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw celebrates the long-distance relationship between a dad and his daughter.
He travels the world and returns home with treasures and tales of his journeys through mountains, deserts and oceans.
This beautiful book by Todd Parr (available as a board book for the youngest readers) uses childlike illustrations and simple text to describe all the different types of dads, and their similarities too!
This book by Hannah Holt celebrates a father’s love through the world, and the animal kingdom, with beautifully detailed illustrations.
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Gentle words by Laurenne Sala and detailed watercolour illustrations by Mike Malbrough make this a heartwarming book about what it means to be a father. It starts by simply describing things a dad might do for his pregnant partner.
Each two page spread of The Daddy Animal Book has an illustration on one page and some simple facts on the other – what is a baby and a father of the animal called? And another bit of general animal knowledge.
Perfect for animal lovers and fact lovers, and a great way to start reading non-fiction.
10. Daddy Cuddle
A sweet and joyful book by Kate Mayes about an energetic young rabbit who is desperate to get up and play! And a dad rabbit who would like a bit more sleep!
Nelly loves to do all sorts of things, like drawing, reading and painting … but they are even better when Daddy joins in!
This lovely story about a dad and child having fun together includes some rhyming and silliness that makes it even more enjoyable to read. It’s by Anna Dewdney, the best selling author of the Llama Llama book series.
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12. Wild about Dads
This rhyming text by Diana Murray is a celebration of all kinds of dads in the animal kingdom and the fun they have with their offspring. The vibrant illustrations are lots of fun too.
The back features facts about all the wild animal species included in the book.
13. Pet Dad
Plum wants a pet but her dad does not. Does this sound familiar? Because Plum will not settle with no for an answer, she makes her dad the pet – will she be able to train him to follow all her commands?
This funny story by Elanna Allen is the perfect read aloud Fathers Day book for kids.
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Rory the dinosaur loves to spend time with his dad, but he also wanted to go for a journey by himself. But his dad sneaks along too – without letting Rory know.
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