Adventures in Fatherhood: 12 Unique Parenting Books for Dads

by Tom Burns

There is more to the world of parenting books than just What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

While those kinds of reference books can be invaluable to those expecting their first baby — and also pants-wettingly terrifying — they only address certain aspects of what it really means to be a parent.

Also, speaking from my own personal experience, most parenting books tend to be focused solely on the mother, which … I get. I do. I will not in any way try to argue that becoming a parent is equally hard for women and men. My personal transition into parenting was difficult, but it didn’t involve words like “gestation” or “mucus plug,” so, yes, moms win the “who had it harder” debate hands-down.

That said, it doesn’t mean things are easy for dads, so, because parenting books can be such a lifeline to nervous new parents, I think it’s wonderful when there are books out there for men that really speak to the “dad experience” specifically.

I thought I’d collect this list of wonderful books about both the logistics and the emotions of becoming a dad. If you know a nervous father-to-be, trust me, they will find some solace — or at least some commiseration — in these pages.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2022.