27 Diverse Children’s Books for Father’s Day

Diverse Children’s Books for Father’s Day

These diverse books for Father’s Day see dads celebrate their unconditional love for their children. They are a great way for your students to see different types of families from different cultures

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Books about Dads for Father’s Day

Explore a wonderful collection of diverse picture books about dads, papas, daddies, babas, otosans, etc. You will find dads from different cultures, who get frustrated, learn how to braid hair, shield their children from harm and communicate their love in different ways.

Picture Books About Dads

The collection below are perfect books for Father’s Day, but these children’s books about dads should be read all year round. They are a great way to show your students different types of families from different cultures.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

In Central Park Zoo, two male penguins, Roy and Silo, long for a family, so Mr Gramzay places an egg in the nest for them to care for. When the egg hatches, the zookeeper named it Tango, “because it takes two to make a Tango.”

And Tango Makes Three sparks conversations about non-traditional families, acceptance, love and feeling different.

Baking with Dad by Aurora Cacciapuoti

A father and daughter gather the ingredients, mix the batter, and decorate a cake to prepare for a surprise birthday party. The anticipation builds as we wait to see who the surprise is for.

Baking with Dad isn’t just about making a cake; it’s about the shared experience, teamwork, and the joy of preparing a surprise for someone special.

Dad By My Side by Soosh

A father supports, teaches, and plays with his daughter. From fantastical adventures at home to everyday tasks like cooking and reading bedtime stories, he encourages his daughter’s independence and imagination.

Dad By My Side highlights unconditional love, strength, security and a father’s nurturing role in their child’s life.

Daddy Long Legs by Nadine Brun-Cosme

A young child wrestles with worries about being picked up from school. With his creative responses, his father offers reassurances that help the child feel at ease.

Daddy Long Legs addresses first-day school jitters, asking questions, growing independence, and confronting and managing fears.

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman

A boy learns about the consequences when he swaps his dad for two goldfish. When he goes to get his dad back, the boy finds he has been swapped multiple times from one child to another.

The Day I Swapped My Dad explores value, responsibility, the consequences of our choices, fairness and the relative value of objects (and people).

Days with Dad by Nari Hong

A daughter narrates how her dad regrets everything he can’t do with her because he uses a wheelchair. She tells him she loves everything they do together, like drinking hot chocolate, watching the rain and building sandcastles.

Days with Dad explores disability, inclusivity, and acceptance, showing that a physical limitation does not define a person’s ability to be an active parent.

A Different Pond by Bao Phi

A father and son navigate the meeting of two distinct cultures. Inspired by the author’s childhood in Minneapolis, the reader sees the challenges and triumphs of adapting to life in a new country.

A Different Pond explores the immigrant experience, resilience in unfamiliar circumstances, the power of family bonds and adaptability in the face of change and unfamiliarity.

Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino

Every Friday, a boy and his father enjoy a weekly ritual. They start the day at their favourite diner for breakfast, then walk through the neighbourhood before ending the day with pancakes.

Every Friday explores family traditions, the bond between parent and child, creating memories and the security of routines.

The Girl With Two Dads by Mel Elliott

Pearl is intrigued by new student Matilda, who says goodbye to different dads on successive days. Pearl thinks having two dads must be fun but realises when visiting that Matilda’s parents are just as boring as hers.

The Girl With Two Dads explores open-mindedness, inclusivity, challenging assumptions, diverse families and accepting differences.

Gorilla by Anthony Browne

Hannah only wished for a real gorilla for her birthday, but her single father gave her a stuffed gorilla instead. To her surprise, the toy transforms into a real, friendly gorilla and takes her on a magical moonlit adventure. 

Gorilla sparks conversations about loneliness, imagination, companionship, and the complexities of single-parent families.

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Zuri adores her curly hair, even though it has a mind of its own. Her daddy steps up to the challenge, ready to learn and do whatever it takes to make Zuri and her hair shine with joy.

Hair Love fosters discussions on self-esteem, positive relationships, cultural pride and identity, self-expression, individuality and inclusivity.

The Haunted Lake by P. J. Lynch

When fishing with his father, Michael sees a ghostly figure emerge from the mist and disappear beneath the lake. As Michael continues to fish, he encounters other mysterious creatures that add to his fear. When he finally catches a fish, he realizes it’s not a monster but a beautiful trout.

The Haunted Lake teaches valuable lessons about overcoming fear, accepting differences, and appreciating nature’s beauty.

Hike by Pete Oswald

Hike celebrates the bond between a parent and child and their shared love for nature. On an adventure in the mountains, they plant trees, play in the snow, and take photos, creating lasting memories.

The lack of words in Hike allows students to narrate the story themselves, prompting discussions on topics such as bonding & shared experiences and respect for nature.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

A chicken interrupts her father while he reads a fairy tale book at bedtime. The tired father suggests she write her own story. As she reads her story “Bedtime for Papa”, she is interrupted by his snoring.

Interrupting Chicken explores patience, parent-child relationships, and the joy of storytelling.

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari resolves to jump off the diving board for the first time. Despite his determination, fear and uncertainty hold him back. But with his father’s encouragement, Jabari finds the courage to make the leap.

Jabari Jumps explores a growth mindset, courage, risk-taking, determination, and overcoming fears. Students can also make connections to Jabari’s fear of trying something new.

Jhupli's Honey Bee Box by Achintyarup Ray

In the Sundarbans, Jhupli anxiously awaits her father’s return from gathering honey in the jungle inhabited by tigers. Concerned for his safety, she suggests creating honey bee boxes to prevent him and other honey gatherers from venturing into danger. 

Jhupli’s Honey Bee Box encourages conversations about the bravery it takes to face our fears and creative problem-solving.

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty

A young boy’s father knocks on his door every morning, however, when the knock doesn’t come the boy feels lost. When he finds a letter from his father filled with advice and guidance it helps him navigate life without him.

Knock Knock explores resilience in the face of loss, first-person narration, separation, incarceration, parental love, and self-reliance.

Made for Me by Zack Bush

A father shares his everyday moments and milestones with his young daughter—from holding her in his arms for the first time to watching her take her first steps.

Made for Me focuses on themes of paternal love, the joys of fatherhood, and celebrates the unique role a father plays in his child’s life.

Mango Moon by Diane de Anda

A daughter recalls what it was like when her father was deported. The family has to move home, and she feels emptiness without her father, but she learns that her love for him is everlasting.

Mango Moon addresses themes of immigration, family separation, resilience, hope, community support and facing adversity.

My Dad Is Big And Strong, BUT...: A Bedtime Story by Coralie Saudo

A young boy narrates how difficult getting his dad to bed is. Dad comes up with all sorts of excuses. He wants to sleep with his son, listen to a story and have the hall light on.

My Dad is Big and Strong, BUT… explores themes of role reversal, vulnerability, family dynamics, and imagining yourself in someone else’s shoes.

My Father's Arms Are A Boat by Stein Erik Lunde

A young boy grieving for his mother struggles to understand his mother’s absence. His father provides comfort, patiently answering his questions and offering reassurance. He provides a safe space for his son as they navigate their shared loss.

My Father’s Arms Are A Boat highlights the importance of emotional self-management, handling fears, resilience, and the grieving process.

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

Daisy Ramona loves zooming around the neighbourhood with her Papi on his motorcycle. She witnesses her rapidly changing community but knows her Papi’s love will always be there.

My Papi Has a Motorcycle explores community, observing change and resilience, preserving memories, and embracing the past and the present.

My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart

A young boy who, unlike other boys with blue shadows, has a pink shadow that loves princesses and all things traditionally ‘girly’. The boy feels out of place and afraid of not fitting in. With the support of his father, he learns to embrace his uniqueness and express himself freely.

My Shadow is Pink reinforces that acceptance and understanding can surpass societal pressures, biases, self-expression, and personal growth.

Nasreddine by Odile Weulersse

Local people criticise Nasreddine and his father because of how they travel to the market. When they change their ways, the locals still disapprove. They understand that people will always judge, but they will always have love and support for each other.

Nasreddine explores wisdom, individuality, the pressures to conform to what others think is correct, and the value of our judgments and beliefs.