Father's Day Books

Dads are important. And more than ever, they play an active role in raising their kids. They are no longer just the breadwinner of the family. They also help with many of the child-rearing duties that were once the realm of moms. As with Mother's Day, kids don't automatically know what Father's Day is or what they can do to help Dad see how much he is appreciated. Books can help kids understand what Father's Day all about.

Night Before Father's Day

The Night Before Father's Day
Photo Courtesy of Pricegrabber

If you know the poem "The Night Before Christmas" - and who doesn't? - you have a good idea of what to expect in this book. The story is different, of course, but the rhyming and rhythm is the same. In this story, Dad gets a Father's Day surprise from Mom and the kids. While Dad is out bike riding, they wash his car and clean out the garage. The next morning, on Father's Day, they give Dad breakfast in bed and a nice homemade card. When he sees his clean car and organized garage, he's very touched and then takes the whole family out for a drive in the newly washed car.

Ages 3 to 5

The Berenstain Bears and the Papa's Day Surprise

The Berenstain Bears and the Papa's Day Surprise
Photo Courtesy of Pricegrabber

Sometimes people act as though a holiday really doesn't mean anything to them. It doesn't matter if it's Valentine's Day, a birthday -- or Father's Day. But then when no one pays attention to them on that holiday, they get a bit sad and feel neglected. That's what happens to Papa in this story. He tells his family that Father's Day is just a "greeting card holiday." But when Father's Day arrives and Papa gets no special treatment, not even a card, he grows more and more sad. But the cubs aren't really going to let Father's Day go by unnoticed! They have a surprise for Papa. This is a cute story and helps kids see that even though someone says a special day isn't any big deal, it doesn't mean they actually feel that way. Even when someone says the day doesn't matter, they should still do something special.

Ages 3 to 7

Just Me and My Dad

Just Me and My Dad
Photo Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This Little Critters book illustrates the special relationship between a father and a child. The two go off together on a camping trip, where Dad lets his Little Critter help with the tasks starting with picking a camp site. Little Critter's help doesn't always turn out well. For instance, the camp site he chose just happens to have a porcupine and a snake. But Little Critter's mistakes don't matter. It's the time spent together that matters, and Dad knows that. The time spent together is wonderful bonding time. Kids can see that mistakes ultimately don't matter. It's spending special time together that counts.

Ages 3 - 7

The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad!

The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad!
Photo Courtesy of Pricegrabber

Brother and Sister love Papa and appreciate everything he does for them, so they decide to give him a chance to relax by helping him with his chores. But what are Papa's chores? They take the time to follow him around the house and note all that he does. Then they create their own special gift certificates that Papa can use to get a chore done for him. The cubs are so excited about their thoughtful surprise for Papa and when they give the gift certificates to Papa, he is surprised and starts to cash in his certificates. The day ends up being a fun day for everyone. This story can give your child an idea of what he might do for Dad on Father's Day.

Ages 4 to 8

A Perfect Father's Day

A Perfect Father's Day
Photo Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This story in this book is a testimony to great parenting and the special relationship between a father and child. (It can apply to moms, too, but this is about Father's Day!) The little girl in the story wants to make Father's Day a special day for her father, so she does things with him that he wants to do - except that they are really things that she wants to do. Her first activity is lunch - at a restaurant she chooses. "This is your favorite food, isn't it, Dad?" she asks him. The entire day goes this way. For example, they also visit a duck pond: "You like to feed the ducks, don't you, Dad?" she asks her Dad. But Dad isn't upset. He gets to spend the day with his child, who's intention is to give him a special day. That alone makes the day special.

Ages 5 to 8

Continue Reading