Best picture books about dads

Daddy Honk Honk!

Father's Day 2021 is on Sunday 20 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!

  • Papa Penguin

    Author: Lindsay Camp Illustrator: Momoko Abe
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4-5

    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, an emperor penguin who keeps his baby egg warm for months on his own. 

  • My Daddies!

    Author: Gareth Peter Illustrator: Garry Parsons
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 4-5

    This rhyming picture book celebrating same sex parents is a gentle and sweet read, with the added bonus of including mention of a gay couple adopting their daughter.

  • My Dad is a Grizzly Bear

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Dapo Adeola
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 4-5

    The dad in this book is very bearish - he loves honey, chases his little boy around while growling, and naps everywhere. And there's nothing like a grizzly bear hug from your dad to make you feel safe. A charming picture book celebrating all the bear-like dads out there.

  • The Girl With Two Dads

    Author: Meg Elliott
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 3-5

    Elliott’s bright picture book featuring the friendship between two girls is a great representation of a family with two dads and how, of course, having two dads is exactly the same as having a mum and dad, especially when it comes to rules, mealtimes and all the usual parent-y things.

  • Party for Dads

    Author: Adam and Charlotte Gullain Illustrator: Ada Grey
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 3-5

    This rhyming book is a lovely celebration of everything we love about dads: silliness, games, embarrassing dancing and cuddles (and perhaps even their competitive dad behaviour)

  • That's My Daddy!

    Author: Ruth Redford Illustrator: Dan Taylor
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 3-5

    Featuring a lovely array of different dad activities for all manner of different dads, That’s My Daddy! is an inclusive, adorable book that asks children who their daddy is and what he does.

  • I Love You Dino-Daddy

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 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.

  • Little Princess: I Want My Dad

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 2-5

    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
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    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.

  • Daddy Fartypants

    Author: Emer Stamp and Matt Hunt
    Publisher: Orchard
    Interest age: 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 for laughs at bedtime, as well as a subtle reminder that saying sorry applies to everyone.

  • Looking After William

    Author: Eve Coy
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    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.

  • Alfie and Dad

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Bodley Head
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5+

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

  • Daddy Honk Honk!

    Author: Rosalinde Bonnet
    Publisher: Dial Books
    Interest age: 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 community is a huge part of a child's life – and a big support for new parents, too.

  • Dustbin Dad

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Russell Ayto
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 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 he bites off more than he can chew...

  • My Dad is Brilliant

    Author: Nick Butterworth
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 1-5

    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.

  • Daddy Do My Hair: Beth’s Twists

    Author: Tola Okogwu Illustrator: Rahmia Begum
    Publisher: Florence Elizabeth Publishing
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    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
    Interest age: 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 with their little ones.

  • My Daddy is a Silly Monkey

    Author: Dianne Hofmeyr Illustrator: Carol Thompson
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books
    Interest age: 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 father and his daughter.