20 Terrific Children's Books Featuring Fathers

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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 They either come across withdrawn (hidden behind a newspaper), too busy to be bothered, or simply absent altogether.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?

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Re-edited from a post published 7.1.2011 - cm