Gosh there are truly some gorgeous children’s picture books around these days and I’ve got some really lovely ones, especially for Dads (and Granddads) and perfect to read with them on Father’s Day.
Daddy, You’re Awesome by Laine Mitchell and Renee Treml
This is definitely a gorgeous picture book and story for all the awesome dads everywhere! Depicted by cute baby animals that celebrate their treasured moments with their dads, this picture book has engaging rhyming text, perfect for shared reading, especially for the little ones with short attention spans!
My daddy makes a tent,
A camp fire for tea,
We look at the stars and
Count how many we see.
Daddy, you’re awesome to me.
Dear Dad, I Want to be Just Like You by Ed Allen and Simon Williams
We have the ‘Mum’ version of this book and love it because there are little letters in envelopes on each page and little flaps that you can pull up to read all the cute letters written to the animal dads. There’s also a blank letter inside for kids to write their own ‘Dear Dad’ letter! Not only is this book very cute, it’s funny too!
When I grow up, I want to be just like you!
Newspaper Hats by Phil Cummings and Owen Swan
This picture book is a very powerful one. Grandpa remembers many things from long ago, collecting tadpoles as a child, his mum in the kitchen baking crusty bread, the war…but he has trouble remembering his granddaughter, Georgie. In this moving story, Georgie helps her grandfather reach his memories through the simple act of making hats from folded newspaper. This book is a subtle and sensitive way to introduce young readers to the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly.
Daddies Are Great! by Meredith Costain and Polona Lovsin
Daddies are lovely, they’re warm and delicious,
they tickle and hug you and shower you with kisses.
This picture book has loads of rhyme and rhythm, perfect for telling the story about the special relationships children have with their fathers. The book touches on every day aspects of family life but through cute illustrations of dogs making it easier to engage with the story. This book is short but sweet and perfect for the younger ones.
My Dad is a Giraffe by Stephen Michael King
When I ask Elliott what his favourite animal is, almost all the time if it’s not a dinosaur, it’s a giraffe. I think in many ways Elliott sees Mr. G as a giraffe, tall, able to put him on his shoulders, a protector. This book depicts exactly that. It’s a whimsical and imaginative story about the fun, gentle, tall dads we love.
Is your dad big and tall, gentle and fun?
Can you climb up his legs, over his head,
slide down his neck and ride on his back?
Maybe your dad is a giraffe!
If you’re looking for something special this Father’s Day, I reckon one of these books would be lovely and a chance to sit down with the kids and really appreciate a special moment.
For another Father’s Day idea, see my post 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas or win a $100 RedBalloon voucher for your dad here.
Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.
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