Best picture books about dads

Zeki Loves Daddy

Father's Day 2023 is on Sunday 18 June and we've got all the books you need.

Whether you're looking for some good present inspiration, or you're a dad who wants your child to realise just how great you are!

Books that feature single dads

  • Where's Lenny?

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Where's Lenny?

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 2-3

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    Lenny and Daddy have a great time playing hide and seek! This charming tale, which features a mixed-race family, is ideal to …

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  • Papa Penguin

    Author: Lindsay Camp Illustrator: Momoko Abe

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Papa Penguin

    Author: Lindsay Camp Illustrator: Momoko Abe

    Interest level: 4-5

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    When a little boy's dad is late home for story time, the little boy is a bit annoyed - so Dad tells him the story of Papa Penguin,…

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  • Zeki Loves Daddy

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson

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  • Zeki Loves Daddy

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson

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    An ideal gentle step-up from a board book, this sweet story about daily life with Daddy and Zeki is filled with love, play and snu…

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  • A Brave Bear

    Author: Sean Taylor Illustrator: Emily Hughes

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • A Brave Bear

    Author: Sean Taylor Illustrator: Emily Hughes

    Interest level: 3-5

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    A book for families, for dads and for illustration fans, this is in the same territory as the phenomenally successful Guess How Mu…

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  • My Daddies!

    Author: Gareth Peter Illustrator: Garry Parsons

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • My Daddies!

    Author: Gareth Peter Illustrator: Garry Parsons

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This rhyming picture book celebrating same sex parents is a gentle and sweet read, with the added bonus of including mention of a …

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  • My Dad is a Grizzly Bear

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • My Dad is a Grizzly Bear

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-5

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    The dad in this book is very bearish - he loves honey, chases his little boy around while growling, and naps everywhere. And there…

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  • Party for Dads

    Author: Adam and Charlotte Gullain Illustrator: Ada Grey

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Party for Dads

    Author: Adam and Charlotte Gullain Illustrator: Ada Grey

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This rhyming book is a lovely celebration of everything we love about dads: silliness, games, embarrassing dancing and cuddles (an…

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  • That's My Daddy!

    Author: Ruth Redford Illustrator: Dan Taylor

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • That's My Daddy!

    Author: Ruth Redford Illustrator: Dan Taylor

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Featuring a lovely array of different dad activities for all manner of different dads, That’s My Daddy! is an inclusive,…

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  • I Love You Dino-Daddy

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sam Lloyd

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age: 5+

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  • I Love You Dino-Daddy

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sam Lloyd

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age: 5+

    This celebration of all the fun that fathers have with their little ones is a lovely way to tell Dad just how much he's loved.

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  • Daddy Fartypants

    Author: Emer Stamp and Matt Hunt

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Daddy Fartypants

    Author: Emer Stamp and Matt Hunt

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Farts are a perennial favourite among young readers and this one about a very windy dad is sure to amuse little ones. A great one …

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  • Alfie and Dad

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Alfie and Dad

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This collection of three classic Alfie stories is a charming reminder of just how perfectly Shirley Hughes understands l…

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  • Daddy Honk Honk!

    Author: Rosalinde Bonnet

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Daddy Honk Honk!

    Author: Rosalinde Bonnet

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    This adorable book about being a new parent is full of warmth and reassurance, and the lovely ending reminds us that a loving comm…

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  • Dustbin Dad

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Russell Ayto

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Dustbin Dad

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Russell Ayto

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    Dad eats everything - from half-eaten pies and unwanted sandwiches to soggy old bits of tomato and manky spaghetti. Then one day h…

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  • My Dad is Brilliant

    Author: Nick Butterworth

    Interest level: 1-5

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  • My Dad is Brilliant

    Author: Nick Butterworth

    Interest level: 1-5

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    This dad does everything well: from running like a cheetah to singing like a pop star. Quite simply, he's brilliant. This board bo…

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  • Just Like Daddy

    Author: Lucy Freegard

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5-7

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  • Just Like Daddy

    Author: Lucy Freegard

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5-7

    A baby raccoon dreams of growing up to be just like Daddy in this cute, heart-warming book that's perfect for fathers to share wit…

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  • My Daddy is a Silly Monkey

    Author: Dianne Hofmeyr Illustrator: Carol Thompson

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • My Daddy is a Silly Monkey

    Author: Dianne Hofmeyr Illustrator: Carol Thompson

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    A little girl imagines her busy Daddy as all sorts of animals during their packed day in a playful, warm story about a single fath…

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