“Dads are so in,” Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl said in the latest episode of Pratfalls of Parenting. I laughed when I heard that, but I think it’s true. At least when it comes to picture books. Prove it, you say? Here are a few new picture books that come to mind:
Dad’s First Day by Mike Wohnoutka is about a little boy’s first day of school. The little boy is completely ready for school, but the dad isn’t quite there yet. This is exactly how I felt when my daughter started preschool. Very cute story for parents, especially dads.
Ask Me by Bernard Waber follows a father and daughter as they walk and talk on a fall day. The little girl’s loquacious inquisitiveness will be familiar to many parents, and the lovely art by one of my favorite illustrators adds to the sweet father-daughter story.
Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein is a bedtime book about a little tadpole and his very patient dad who just wants to sleep. We’ve all been there, right?
Want more? Try these links:
- 30 Excellent Children’s Books Featuring Dads from ThirtyMag
- Hoppy for Poppy from Horn Book
- 6 Great Read-Together Books for Dads and Daughters from Brightly
- A Dad’s Perspective from this blog about Elisha Cooper’s dad-memoir
- Father’s Day, Observed is also from this blog, and in it I share picture books where the dads are called “Papa.”