Awesome Books for Awesome Dads

Awesome Books for Awesome Dads

Tammy Everts
Jun 4, 2010

Looking for a Father's Day gift for the special dad in your life? We've already told you about the fantastic new Geek Dad book, and now here are five more titles that celebrate the intersection between fatherhood and DIY culture.

Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids
Todd Davis, host of HGTV's Over Your Head, presents 25 projects for dads ranging from simple to challenging. Readers are given all the directions they need to build anything from a tree house to a tire swing to a homemade slip-and-slide.

Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World
Mark Frauenfelder, founder of Make magazine, makes a whole bunch of cool projects with and for his kids, and along the way explores the ethos of the new DIY culture. Treehugger says that "Made By Hand is a wonderfully inspiring read and makes turning to a make-centric way of life feel not only approachable, but utopian."

The Dangerous Book for Boys
A (slightly) oldie but a goodie. Technically, this book is aimed at kids, but that doesn't explain why almost every dad we know has his own copy.

The American Boy's Handy Book
Speaking of oldie-but-goodies, long before the "dangerous" books were all the rage, there was The American Boy's Handy Book by Daniel Beard. An instant bestseller when it was originally published in 1882, it's been recently reprinted as a quality hardcover for people of all ages.

This Old House Fun Family Projects
Okay, this one is only available for pre-order, but still good to have on your radar. This book, compiled by the crew at This Old House, gives instructions for 13 fun projects, including a simple sandbox, a bird feeder, a lemonade stand, and water rockets.

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