Brilliant books to share together for Father’s Day

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We’re celebrating super dads, grandads and fabulous father figures everywhere with our selection of stories to enjoy together this Father’s Day (21 June). Cuddling up and enjoying a good book is one of the best gifts and the memories of sharing a story together will last long after the final page. 

That’s My Daddy!, by Ruth Redford, illustrated by Dan Taylor, published by Egmont 

You Choose meets My Dad is Brilliant in this celebration of daddies everywhere. This engaging picture book encourages children to identify their daddies in a fun and interactive way.

Daddies come in all shapes and sizes but what is YOUR daddy like?

Is your daddy as BIG as a giant? Is he funny and cuddly? Are his feet GINORMOUS or SMELLY?

Warm, inclusive and funny, this is the perfect book to help children build decision-making skills and be proud of the person they call Daddy.

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

With a snoring Mrs Bear, an excitable Baby Bear and a house full of tapping and dripping and ticking, peace is hard to come by – will Mr Bear ever get a decent night’s sleep?

The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make Jill Murphy’s delightful Peace at Last an all-time favourite bedtime story with children and adults everywhere.

The Dressing up Dad, written by Maudie Smith and illustrated by Paul Howard published by Oxford University Press

Danny and his Dad LOVE wearing fancy-dress. Whether it is pirates at a party or superheroes in the supermarket, they’ll dress up anywhere, at any time, whatever the occasion! A hilarious and beautifully illustrated story to celebrate fun-loving dads. Perfect for Father’s Day and beyond!

Here We Are, by Oliver Jeffers, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

#1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 TIME Best Book of the Year for 2017!

Well, hello.
And welcome to this Planet.
We call it Earth.

Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.

I Am Perfectly Designed, by Karamo Brown, illustrated by Anoosa Syed, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Written by Karamo and his son Jason, this touching, funny story follows a boy and his father, as they spend the day together. Walking through the city, they chat about all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other.

From playing in the park and eating ice-creams, to gazing at the moon, father and son think about all the fun things they’ve done together… and all the fun to come!

Perfect for sharing together, this is a book for families of all kinds, everywhere.

When Grandad was a Penguin, Morag Hood, published by Macmillan Children’s Books 

What do you do when your Grandad starts acting V

ERY much like a penguin? Find out in this brilliantly funny and heartwarming story from talented author and illustrator, Morag Hood. Boys and girls alike will love the witty, sweet and brilliantly surreal depiction of everyday settings and situations in this fish-out-of-water story with a difference.

When Grandad was a Penguin is perfect for sharing with children (and grandads) young and old.

I Love My Daddy by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Emma Dodd, published by Orchard Books
Playing, cooking, singing, snuggling . . . Spend special time with Dad in this joyful, rhyming picture book, brimming with love, silliness and even pages to personalise! With a gentle, rhyming story and bold, bright illustrations, this is the perfect celebration of the special relationship between father and child – perfect for sharing on Father’s Day and all year round!

Goodnight, Sleep Tight, written by Amber Stewart and illustrated by Layn Marlow published by Oxford University Press

Button is a little bear. When it comes to bedtime, sometimes he worries about having bad dreams. In this heart-warming story, Daddy knows just what to do to soothe Button’s fears and help him get to sleep. Part of a charming series of picture books that explore important toddler milestones.


How to Babysit a Grandad, by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish, published by Hodder Children’s Group

This is a hilarious and accessible picture book about a child spending
time with his grandad.

Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for
‘babysitting’ a grandad, including what to eat for snack (anything
dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped
with ice cream), what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion
puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play
with a grandad (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).

Five More Minutes, by Marta Altés, 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 little fox gives his time-starved dad some sage advice about what ‘time’ really means, and how to make the most of it, from bath time to baking time to ‘dad’ time. Wise, witty and full of honest vignettes of family life, Five More Minutes is a from bestselling author-illustrator, two times CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominee and BookTrust Time to Read favourite, Marta Altés.

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

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!

Daddy Long Legs, Nadine Brun-Cosme, illustrated by Aurélie Guillerey, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Meet a determined dad with a big imagination in Daddy Long Legs. With its warm, reassuring feel and the adorably drawn relationship between a father and his child, Nadine Brun-Cosme’s moving story makes the perfect book for Father’s Day and beyond.

The car had trouble starting this morning. It gets Matty to nursery, but what if later it won’t start at all . . . how will Dad pick him up? Matty is very worried.

But Dad soon puts Matty’s fears to rest with a series of increasingly imaginative suggestions for alternative modes of transport – from a tractor to a dragon, a polar bear to a rowing boat. But, if all else fails, he’ll come on foot . . . because to come and pick up Matty, Dad’s legs will never be too tired.

I’m Sticking with You, by Smriti Halls and illustrated by Steve Small, published by Simon & Schuster

It’s wonderful to have good friends to see you through the good times and the bad. But sometimes, friends can also be a bit . . . well . . . overbearing.

A gorgeously warm, funny book about everything a friendship can be – for anyone who’s ever had a friend.

Mr Men: My Daddy, by Roger Hargreaves, published by Egmont Books UK

This very special Mr Men book is the perfect gift for Father’s Day.

The Mr Men will help you show your daddy just how much he means to you.

From terrific tickles and funny faces which brighten your day, to strong arms when you’re feeling tired, daddies are funny, silly, strong and cool – lots of the Mr Men rolled into one! Children can also add their own words to the story to make it a really personal gift.

The perfect book for your daddy’s birthday, a new father, Father’s Day, or for giving and sharing any time you want to say I love you, too.

The Mr Men and Little Miss have been delighting children for generations with their charming and funny antics. Bold illustrations and funny stories make Mr Men and Little Miss the perfect story time experience for children aged 2 years and up.

With My Daddy, James Brown illustrated by Cathy Johnson Isaacs, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

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.

Bad Dad, by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

A rags-to-riches, cops and robbers adventure about a father and son taking on the villainous Mr Big – and winning! Bad Dad will have you on the edge of your seat and howling with laughter from start to finish!

My Embarrasing Dad’s Gone Viral, written by Ben Davis and illustrated by Mike Lowery published by Oxford University Press

When Nelson’s mum disappears, his dad decides to move the family to the middle of nowhere where they will lead a simple life. And by simple he means no TV, no internet, no games console, and no indoor loo!

It’s time to come up with a drastic plan to get his mum back! And it involves turning his dad into an unsuspecting internet star . . .