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Best picture books about dads

My Dad Used To Be So Cool

Father's Day 2018 is on Sunday, 17 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!

  • I Love You Dino-Daddy

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    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.

  • Little Princess: I Want My Dad

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Little Princess loves her dad, the King, but she can't help but be a little envious of the other fathers in the castle. But when she's feeling blue, it's her Dad who cheers her up again. A perfect story for fathers and children to share.

  • Raj and the Best Day Ever!

    Author: Seb Braun
    Publisher: Templar Books

    Dad and Raj have a brilliant day out planned - but things might not go entirely to plan. A vibrant read about a forgetful dad and his resourceful son that's fun for all the family.

  • Looking After William

    Author: Eve Coy
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A little girl announces that she's going to be William's mummy for the day - and it soon becomes clear that William is her father. A charming book with warm illustrations reminiscent of Judith Kerr.

  • Just Like My Dad

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    A little lion cub loves and respects his dad. He wants to grow up to be just like him, with sharp teeth, long nails and a swishy tail.

  • Alfie and Dad

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Bodley Head

    This collection of three classic Alfie stories is a charming reminder of just how perfectly Shirley Hughes understands little ones.

  • Dustbin Dad

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Russell Ayto
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Dad eats everything - from half-eaten pies and unwanted sandwiches to soggy old bits of tomato and manky spaghetti. Then one day he bites off more than he can chew...

  • My Dad is Brilliant

    Author: Nick Butterworth
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This dad does everything well: from running like a cheetah to singing like a pop star. Quite simply, he's brilliant. This board book version of a much-loved story brims over with an adorable, young enthusiasm for dads everywhere.

  • My Dad Used To Be So Cool

    Author: Keith Negley
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Unfolding like a detective story, the son in this story sets out to discover if his dad was ever cooler than he seems right now. After all - the evidence is stacked against him!

  • Amazing Daddy

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: Orchard Books, Hachette

    Unabashedly going straight for the heartstrings, this picture book looks at the father-child love between two every-day, house-dwelling pandas. It's full of lovely, funny details that never tips into schmaltziness.

  • Daddy Do My Hair: Beth’s Twists

    Author: Tola Okogwu Illustrator: Rahmia Begum
    Publisher: Florence Elizabeth Publishing

    Softly rhyming text and glowing, illustrations in this calm, gentle book celebrate an apparently insignificant domestic ritual, which means everything to this father and daughter as they make time for each other. 

  • Just Like Daddy

    Author: Lucy Freegard
    Publisher: Pavilion

    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 with their little ones.

  • My Daddy is a Silly Monkey

    Author: Dianne Hofmeyr Illustrator: Carol Thompson
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books

    A little girl imagines her busy Daddy as all sorts of animals during their packed day in a playful, warm story about a single father and his daughter.