Picture books about single dads

The front cover of Afraid of the Dark

Dads can be funny, loving and the best playmates. They are also often the sole care-giver, at least some of the time. Here’s a selection of fantastic picture books that feature a father and child having adventures together. Perfect for sharing with little ones.

Books featuring single dads for older children

  • Ready! said Rabbit

    Author: Marjoke Henrichs

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Ready! said Rabbit

    Author: Marjoke Henrichs

    Interest level: 2-5

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    It is a lovely day so Dad and Rabbit decide to go to the park. Getting ready for a day out will be a familiar scenario for ma…

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  • Can Bears Ski?

    Author: Raymond Antrobus Illustrator: Polly Dunbar

    Interest level: 3-6

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  • Can Bears Ski?

    Author: Raymond Antrobus Illustrator: Polly Dunbar

    Interest level: 3-6

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    Why do people keep asking Little Bear "Can bears ski?" A lovely and authentic picture book about hearing loss, inspired by the aut…

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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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  • A Lullaby for Little One

    Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Charles Fuge

    Interest level: 0-4

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  • A Lullaby for Little One

    Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Charles Fuge

    Interest level: 0-4

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    This heartwarming rhyming story is beautifully illustrated by Charles Fuge - with the huggiest and loveliest bunnies imaginable.

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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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  • Fox & Son, Tailers

    Author: Paddy Donnelly

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Fox & Son, Tailers

    Author: Paddy Donnelly

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Rory’s dad is a renowned tailer, from a long line of tailers, and animals from all over the world come to have their tails made by…

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  • Luna Loves Library Day

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Luna Loves Library Day

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    From the talented poet Joseph Coelho, this charming picture book highlights the wonders of libraries for families and communities.…

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  • Feel Better, Daddy

    Author: Nancy Loewen and Hazel Quintanilla

    Interest level: 1-3

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  • Feel Better, Daddy

    Author: Nancy Loewen and Hazel Quintanilla

    Interest level: 1-3

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    This adorable story about a little girl taking care of her unwell father is one that encourages empathy in little ones. It's a lov…

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  • Afraid of the Dark

    Author: Sarah Shaffi & Isabel Otter Illustrator: Lucy Farfort

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Afraid of the Dark

    Author: Sarah Shaffi & Isabel Otter Illustrator: Lucy Farfort

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Amy can't sleep in her new bedroom, but with the help of some new friends and a caring father, she soon feels at home.

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  • What We'll Build

    Author: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • What We'll Build

    Author: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 4-5

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    A girl and her father make plans to build a glorious future together, discussing all the amazing things they will make - from migh…

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  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Astrid loves the stars and space, and wants to be an astronaut. A delightful and educational book for young readers intereste…

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  • The Storm Whale

    Author: Benji Davies

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Storm Whale

    Author: Benji Davies

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    Noi finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm and decides to take it home to care for it.

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