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Books for Father's Day

30th May 2019

Books for Father's Day

Father's Day 2019 falls on Sunday 16th June and we've picked out our favourite children's books to help you celebrate the special Dad in your child's life.

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1. Raj and the Best Holiday Ever

Raj and his dad are going camping. They've packed everything they need and Raj knows they are going to have an amazing time. Once they get there, however, they find they have to contend with wind, rain and a family of very noisy bears.

In this sequel to Raj and the Best Day Ever, Sebastien Braun continues his warm, observant exploration of the relationship between a little tiger and his dad.

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2. Hair Love

It's up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this story of self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters.

Zuri knows her hair is beautiful, but it has a mind of its own!

It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Mum always does Zuri's hair just the way she likes it - so when Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn.

But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her - and her hair - happy.

Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair - and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

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3. Superdad's Day Off by Phil Earle

Stanley is a normal little boy, whose dad just happens to be the greatest superhero on the planet. Six days a week, Dad saves the world from disasters, aliens, and bad guys. Friday is his day off and he always spends it with Stan

"Levi started reading this as soon as it arrived , he loved it. He especially loved the built in bookmark meaning he wouldn't lose his place. Levi's favourite character was Super Stan because he has a cousin called Stan so he related Super Stan to cousin Stan. The pictures are lovely and the writing is just the right size." (Batman read it aged 7)

"This book arrived today and I loved it! I liked the part where Super Stan was playing strings with the panther. I loved the part when it says Dynamo Dan and Super Stan, I thought it was catchy. I liked the drawings because they were cool! And I liked the title of the book Superdad's Day Off." (Chunkerflunker read it aged 8)

"This is an absolutely brilliant little book. I read it in one go to my son at bedtime last night. It has the feel of a quality book, with thick, smooth paper. The illustrations are humorous and colourful. Laugh out moments were plentiful: picture of a disgruntled Queen being kidnapped, an old lady upset about her last cat, which is found out to be a cowardly panther, sharks in a flooded bathroom...... I enjoyed it reading it as much as my son enjoyed listening to it." (I read it to rsa aged 7)


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4. Your Baby's First Word Will be Dada by Jimmy Fallon

Everyone knows that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies' first word is "Dada!" But how does it work? Jimmy Fallon, one of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC's The Tonight Show host, shows you how.

"My 3 year old son loved reading this book. He really enjoyed being able to read the words and was given so much confidence in knowing what the pages said when the animals made their noises. This book is perfect for children who are learning to read and are learning the relation between words and pictures in a book." (I read it to Dylanloves aged 3)

"This book is great for babies and toddlers. The illustrations are bold and bright. On each page there is an animal, my 2.5 year old son loved to do each animal noise. There are not a lot of words but the illustrations are wonderful." (I read it to JackSmith aged 2)

"I thought this was a really cute book with interesting illustrations and quite a funny concept. My daughter (2) really likes this book and likes to make the noises for each animal and talks about the 'grumpy' and 'cross' animals." (I read it to LittleMissDalloway aged 2)


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5. The Dictionary of Dads: Poems by

He's my Abracadabra dad

He wows me with his wizardry

Slips secrets up his sleeve

To magic away misery

Look out for Big Bad Dad and Caveman Dad, laugh at Daddy Disaster and Donkey Dad, feel sorry for Faraway Dad and look forward to Homecoming Dad. Then raise a cheer for Mum-Dad!

There are more than fifty different dads in The Dictionary of Dads. Find your favourite - but watch out for Exploding Dad!

This is a brilliant and funny debut collection from a poet who performs his work in schools and theatres across the UK, with witty illustrations by Steve Wells.

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6. Alfie and Dad

Join Alfie and Dad as they spend time together in this wonderful collection of stories from the award-winning Shirley Hughes.

Alfie's dad is always there for Alfie and Annie Rose. He's there to reassure Alfie during a restless night; he's there to find Alfie's favourite toy Flumbo when he gets left on the bus; and most of all he loves spending time with his children and they love spending time with him!

Celebrating that special relationship between children and their dads.

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7. Just Like Daddy by Lucy Freegard

This debut picture book from Lucy Freegard is funny, charming and heartwarming - a delightful read.

"Beautifully illustrated. Really easy to read and such a lovely little daddy daughter story! I'm sure this will become a favourite for bed times." (I read it to Lilypops aged 2)

"This is a lovely book which looks at the close bond between a child and their daddy. The page with pictures of 'best memories' is full of wonderful illustrations to talk about - the seaside, playing football, learning to ride a bike...I like the fact that the book acknowledges that Daddys love their children even when they are grumpy or naughty - the idea of unconditional love which is so important." (Read to Tommyd aged 2 & to LJ aged 1)

"A great read, liked by everyone, especially daddy! It got lots of laughs from my daughter as the daddy in the story gets up to all sorts of silly things. I liked that it's not just about how great daddy is, but also explains that no one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes and daddys love you no matter what." (Read to Squirt aged 3)

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8. The Incredible Dadventure by Dave Lowe

Holly's Dad is on a new expedition and he's going to miss her tenth birthday so Holly isn't happy, until she finds out that he's planned a special treasure hunt, just for her!

"I really enjoyed every single moment reading this book. I extremely loved it. My favourite bit was when Holly was visiting Harold's Peak. It is the most exciting part of the story." (Read by Bamboo6 aged 6)

"This book is full of excitement, surprises & adventures. Most of the characters were enthusiastic- I especially liked the dog. It was a bit like a Jeremy Strong book so if you like those try this. It was quite hard to read because it had lots of made-up words but I still enjoyed it." (Read by TomatoBoy20 aged 7)

"I simply adore this book! The characters are memorable and credible and the plot was fascinating and fast paced. It's great that the author shows that you don't need to travel to have adventures I like the fact that Holly gets closer with her mum and 'scary neighbour through her adventures. It's one of the most beautiful books I've read lately and I highly encourage you all to do the same. It was a real pleasure." (Read to Suzanne aged 8)

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9. Party for Dads

Get ready to do your best dad dancing and celebrate Father's Day with this joyful rhyming picture book.

Children and adults swap places in this hilarious follow up to School for Dads. Full of fun and silliness, this is the perfect picture book gift for Father's Day celebrating all kinds of different dads. With bouncy rhyming text, this story is great for reading aloud with children aged 3 years and up and perfect for encouraging them to join in the story.

One morning, Anna cried, "Whoopee!
Today's your special day!"
She gave her dad a card and said,
"Come on - it's time to play!"

Poor Anna's dad has to go to work on his birthday, so she decides to throw him a surprise party and teach him how to really have some fun. She invites her friends and all of their dads to join in the best birthday party of all time, full of games, cake, fancy-dress costumes and awkward dad dancing!

Can her dad learn to embrace his inner child and have some fun?

Collect them all!
Find out what happens when children take their dads to school . . .

Has your dad started getting a bit slack? Always late to pick you up, looking at his phone too much? Then you need to get him down to School for Dads right away! And you might learn that he's a really brilliant dad after all . . .

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10. Mr Men: My Daddy

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.


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11. Peppa Pig: My Daddy


Peppa and George love their Daddy Pig with all their hearts!

What do you think makes Daddy Pig so special to Peppa and George? Find out why they love him so much in this delightful board book.

Everybody loves their Daddy Pig!

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