31 Sweet Picture Books That Celebrate Fatherhood

by Liz Lesnick

I don’t know about you, but finding the right Father’s Day gift for the dads and father figures in my life has always been a challenge. In the age of remote work and business casual, I can’t possibly give that old go-to gift, the tie. What I can always count on to be a thoughtful, personal gift is a great book.

This year I have picture books on my mind because my brother-in-law will be celebrating his very first Father’s Day. I can’t wait to see pictures of him curled up with my niece reading one of these soon-to-be classics.

  • Hair Love

    by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

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    In this celebration of a father’s love, Zuri and her dad work together to style her gorgeous, natural, curly hair when Zuri’s mom is away. Zuri’s dad shows the power of the bond between dads and daughters.

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  • My Dad Is a Tree

    by Jon Agee

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    This imaginative picture book celebrates dads who go the extra mile for their children. When little Madeleine convinces her dad to pretend to be a tree so they can spend the day playing outside, he takes his role very seriously, keeping still as a bird nest on his head, a spider spins a web on his arm, and rain falls from the sky. After all, as Madeleine reminds him, "Trees aren't bothered by stuff like that."

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  • Daddy Speaks Love

    by Leah Henderson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

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    This beautiful book highlights the many ways that dads show up for their children. From painting nails to banishing monsters, dads play an essential role in their children’s lives. Beautiful illustrations and heartwarming text make this picture book a fantastic gift for new parents or Father’s Day.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2024.