Every year on Father’s Day, I gift my husband a “daddy” book to read to our toddler daughter at bedtime. I love how it helps build a special relationship between them. Plus, it creates important bonding-time. This simple tradition is inexpensive and easy to start. I recommend beginning early though, while your child is still a baby, so you can watch his or her little library grow. Here are some of the best “first” books I’ve found to give new Dads on Father’s Day so you can kick-off this cute tradition in your home.
Since my daughter is still young (2 years old), my book search is currently limited to board books. I will expand this list to regular books as my daughter grows. Right now, I buy books that are thick and durable. They also need to draw my toddler in with their colorful images or rhyming words. While my daughter loves books, she also has a limited attention span so I look for books that keep her interest and thus max out the daddy/daughter reading time. All the books listed below meet this criteria.
11 Cute Board Books Perfect for New Dads on Father’s Day
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All the books listed below can be found on Amazon for $10 or less!! They will help you kick-off your Father’s Day gift giving traditions.
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney (This is our current favorite.)
Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli (This book is very simple, but it shows the joy a kid feels riding on his or her daddy’s back. The author also wrote a similar story called Higher! Higher! about a little girl on a swing.)
My Dad Loves Me! by Marianne Richmond (I love how each page shows a different animal.)
You’re Baby’s First Word will be Dada by Jimmy Fallon (A bestseller!)
I Love you Daddy by Jilian Harker, Kristina Stephenson
My Daddy is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell (Shh! This is the book my husband will be getting this year as a special gift from my daughter.)
Ladybug Girl and her Papa by Jacky Davis, David Soman (A new release! We love this series.)
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss (A classic! This book is also great for teaching reading skills)
Mighty Dads by Joan Holub (A perfect book for your construction loving kids.)
There are also lots of great books for grandpa, like this one, that would make Father’s Day extra special for the “other” parents in your baby’s life.
And don’t forget to use a sharpie to sign and date the inside cover of the books! This will help you keep track of which books were bought when – a beautiful keepsake for your child later in life.
Do you give books on Father’s Day?
If so, what are some of your favorites? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.
It makes me happy seeing my daughter’s love for reading (and her little library) grow and grow. I can’t wait for the day when she climbs up into her daddy’s lap and reads him a story. That will make a great picture!
Happy Father’s Day!
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