Need more inspiration for Father’s Day activities? Make this year’s “Dad’s Day” weekend extra special by adding a relevant reading session to your agenda of festivities. Reading with your little one increases comprehension and proficiency, and simultaneously strengthens the bond you share. This holiday is the perfect chance to turn fun quality time into a rewarding educational experience between father and child. Check out some of our top picks for books that children and their dads can read together!
My Dad at the Zoo
Coralie Saudo and Kris Di Giacomo. Enchanted Lion Books, 2016.
Age range: 3-6 years
Role reversals take place in this wacky story in which a father behaves in a wild, childlike manner at the zoo, and must be reined in by his young son.
What Dads Can’t Do
Douglas Wood and Doug Cushman. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2000.
Age range: 3-8 years
A dinosaur’s comical observations of his father fill the pages of this tongue-in-cheek book that highlights the innocent perspective of a child and the selfless actions of a parent.
Timothy Knapman and Joe Berger. Candlewick Press, 2016.
Age range: 3-7 years
A lively and playful story that demonstrates the classic case of children viewing their fathers as larger than life, even when it comes to life’s mundane activities.
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny
Katrina Germein, Tom Jellett. Candlewick Press, 2013.
Age range: 5-8 years
A sweet look at a boy’s fond relationship with his father, who without fail delivers a silly, cringeworthy joke on each page.
Peter Bently, Russell Ayto. Simon and Schuster UK, 2013.
Age range: 3-8
A father who eats anything and everything he comes across soon receives a humorous lesson that not quite everything is edible.
To make the holiday even more exciting, we are doing an Instagram giveaway! Simply take a photo of your child reading with his or her father or another loved one this weekend, tag us in the photo, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Barnes & Noble Booksellers gift card.
*All books available at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.