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Happy Father’s Day! Celebrate dads with these brilliant books

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For Father’s Day on Sunday 16thJune we’re hailing the hero in every dad. This selection of brilliant books for all ages celebrates awesome dads everywhere and gives you plenty of ideas for books to share with your Dad.

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Looking After Daddy written and illustrated by Eve Coy, published by Andersen Press

Jump inside the imagination of one unforgettable little girl who likes to pretend she’s babysitting her daddy, when really he’s looking after her! Children will adore following along as she turns the tables on her dad William, but always sees his potential. When he grows up he could be an astronaut or a lion tamer or a famous chocolate maker, but his most important job is being her Dad. (And possibly being an astronaut, if she can come too.)

This uplifting tale of a stay-at-home father and his daughter is guaranteed to melt your heart.

 

I Want My Dad! written and illustrated by Tony Ross, published by Andersen Press

The Little Princess is jealous – all her friends’ dads can do amazing things. The Cook bakes delicious cakes: the King burns buns. The Gardener takes his daughter on adventure-walks through the forest: the King gets lost on his way to bed. When the Maid volunteers to do these things with the Little Princess, it looks like her problems are over. But what if she has more in common with her dad than she realises?

 

Superhero Dad And Daughter and Superhero Dad And Son written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Joe Berger, published by Nosy Crow

Dad might not have a superhero mask or wear his pants outside his trousers, but his super snores can be heard a thousand miles away, he tells super jokes and can even make super-scary monsters go away at bedtime.

Click here to download a template for making a Father’s Day card for your Superhero Dad. 

 

Five More Minutes by Marta Altes, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Time is a funny thing. Dad talks about it a lot, but I think I know more about time than he does.

A child gives his time-starved dad some sage advice about what ‘time’ really means, and how to make the most of it. Wise, witty and full of acutely observed vignettes of family life, Five More Minutes is the latest offering from bestselling author-illustrator Marta Altes.

 

With My Daddy written by James Brown and illustrated by Cally Johnson-Brown, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Days with my daddy are always such fun, and ever so special together, as one.

From breakfast at the zoo to bathtime by the sea, every moment of the day with Daddy is an adventure.

With father lion cooking tea, daddy dog dancing, and papa penguin reading books, this is a touching celebration of the special relationship between father and child. Warmly told in gentle rhyme by James Brown and brought to life with charming illustrations by Cally Johnson-Isaacs. With My Daddy is a heartwarming animal picture book and the perfect gift to share time and time again.

 

Daddy Hairdo by Francis Martin and illustrated by Claire Powell, published by Simon & Schuster

When Amy is born she doesn’t have much hair. Not for long! Soon her hair is the stuff of fairy tales – so long she could throw it down a tower to let up a handsome prince. Only, hair this long is also really inconvenient, especially on windy days. So Amy’s dad comes up with some innovative solutions, and soon EVERYONE wants one of Daddy’s Hairdos! 

 

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The Way To Treasure Island by Lizzy Stewart, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Matilda and her dad are very different. Matilda is fast and Dad is slow. Matilda is tidy and Dad is messy, and Matilda is quiet and Dad is very, very loud. They’re off to find treasure, but Dad keeps getting distracted. Soon, they’re lost and Matilda is getting crosser and crosser… Will they ever find the way to treasure island? This funny, adventure-packed story teaches children that even though people are different, they can still have fun together. 

 

Evie and the Animals written by Matt Haig and illustrated by Emily Gravett, published by Canongate

Eleven-year-old Evie has a talent. A SUPERTALENT. A talent that can let her HEAR the thoughts of an elephant, and make friends with a dog and a sparrow. The only problem is, this talent is dangerous. VERY dangerous. That’s what her dad says.

So when she frees the school rabbit from its tiny hutch, she vows to keep her talent a secret. But after a face-to-face encounter with a lion, things start to go very wrong. Her dad – and every animal in town – is now in danger. Evie is determined to save them. And to find the truth of her own past. To do that she must battle a mysterious man with a talent more powerful than any other.

As time runs out, she must seek help from the animals, and finally DARE TO BE HERSELF?

 

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Squirm, by Carl Hiassen, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Squirm is a funny, wildly entertaining adventure about the great outdoors and protecting the environment, from New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen, author of modern classic, Hoot.

This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbour’s cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.

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