Fathers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities. It's hard to make an exhaustive list of the books about fathers in our collection (because we have a lot). Since it is important to feature, at the top you'll find a list of books representative of all sorts of dads: Asian, disabled, Black, Hispanic, gay, Native American and incarcerated. Below that, you'll find lists of board books, beginning readers, picture books, juvenile fiction, and nonfiction, so readers of all types can celebrate dads.
Books with Representation
A young girl and her wheelchair-bound father share many special moments because she treasures all they can do together, although he apologizes for not being able to do more.
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (also on OverDrive)
A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero (also on OverDrive)
When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there. With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart, My Papi Has a Motorcycle is a young girl's love letter to her hardworking dad and to memories of home that we hold close in the midst of change.
An adorable board book for the babies and toddlers of gay fathers, featuring a variety of diverse, loving families with two dads.
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie (also on OverDrive)
Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as big Thunder, but little thunder doesn't want to share a name. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Little Thunder thinks all hope is lost, dad picks the best name...Lightning! Their love will be loud and bright, and together they will light up the sky.
Visiting Day by Jacqueline Woodson (also on OverDrive)
In this moving picture book from multi-award winning author Jacqueline Woodson, a young girl and her grandmother prepare for a very special day—the one day a month they get to visit the girl's father in prison. "Only on visiting day is there chicken frying in the kitchen at 6 a.m, and Grandma in her Sunday dress, humming soft and low." As the little girl and her grandmother get ready, her father, who adores her, is getting ready, too, and readers get to join the community of families who make the trip together, as well as the triumphant reunion between father and child, all told in Woodson's trademark lyrical style, and beautifully illustrated by James Ransome.
Just Helping My Dad by Mercer Mayer (also on OverDrive)
Ninja Dad illustrated by Shayne Johnson (also on OverDrive)
Splat the Cat Makes Dad Glad by Alissa Heyman (also on OverDrive)
My Dad is Amazing by Sabrina Moyle (also on OverDrive)
Weekends with Max and his Dad by Linda Urban (also on OverDrive)