I’ve shared picture books about Mother’s Day and even a list of family books. Now, it’s time for Father’s Day! It’s important that we share books with our students that represent a wide range of family structures. We want them to be able to see their own families reflected in books! Here are some Father’s Day picture books that celebrate Dads of all kinds!
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Father’s Day Picture Books
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
In Stella Brings the Family, Stella’s class is having a class party for Mother’s Day, but she has two dads. Her Papa and Daddy take good care of her and make her feel special. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem. A sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
In Hair Love, Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When mommy does Zuri’s hair, she feels like a superhero. But when mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to step in! And even though daddy has a lot to learn, he LOVES his Zuri. And he’ll do anything to make her—and her hair—happy.
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Jabari Jumps is a book about overcoming challenges and the people who help support us. He really wants to jump off the high-dive, but he is really nervous. His dad is there to support him as he tries something new!
I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott
I Talk Like a River is a powerful and poetic story about a young boy who stutters. He feels isolated, alone and struggles with communicating the way he’d like. His father takes him for a walk by the river to help him find his voice. The love and the encouragement from his father to persevere, help the boy become confident and accept himself.
She’s My Dad by Sarah Savage
When Mini’s cousin accidentally misgenders her dad Haley, Mini explains why misgendering is hurtful and why we need to treat trans people with respect. Mini speaks with confidence about transitioning and gender identity, and helps educate and empower others with trans relatives or friends.
She’s My Dad! passes on an important message about acceptance and respect. It also covers pronouns, dysphoria, family diversity and misgendering.
Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
In Fly Away Home, we get an honest view of a hard-working father and his son, trying to create a better life for themselves. A homeless boy lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal trying not to be noticed. He leaves us with the hope that someday he, like a trapped bird in the window, can flee his current living situation and return home.
Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee
In Tell Me a Tattoo Story, a father tells his son the story behind each of his tattoos. Together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There’s a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all.
After reading a Father’s Day book, make this fun craft for dad (or grandpa or uncle or even mom!).
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