20 Children's Books Featuring Fathers


Dads often get the short end of the stick when it comes to the way they’re depicted in kid’s picture books. They either come across withdrawn (hidden behind a newspaper), too busy to be bothered, or simply absent altogether. Where are all the normal dads, or those of the more domestic variety, or even the ones that know how to give a decent hug? Here are twenty we came up with:

Granted, some of these are animal dads, and then there are a couple folksy, old world versions; still, I suppose I'll take my positive male parenting portrayals anywhere I can get them.

What others can you think of in which fathers play a favorable role?


Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
Papa Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
My Dad by Anthony Browne
Pete's a Pizza by William Steig
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mcbratney
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
My Daddy is a Giant by Carl Norac
The Father Who Had 10 Children by Bénédicte Guettier

Young Kids

When You Were Small by Sara O'Leary
Knuffle Bunny & Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall
The Animal Hedge by Paul Fleischman
My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen
Night Driving by John Coy
The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins
Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino
The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson