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Sure, you could give dad a tie. Or some golf balls, or grilling utensils, or whatever else dads seem to like.
But why not give him the joy of celebrating fatherhood with his children? Picture books singing dad’s praises are plentiful, and give him an intimate moment with his child, a love song across generations. (Or, some burp jokes. There are lots of those, too.)
Here are 18 books that are the perfect gift ideas for Father's Day.
“Pet Dad,” by Elanna Allen, $16, Amazon
Dad does not want a pet, so Plum gets the only pet she can: Dad. He’s lots of fun, but the training is more complicated than she expected.
“Dad By My Side,” by Soosh, $12 (originally $17), Amazon
With Dad by her side, this little girl can do anything. Tender illustrations show the special relationship between father and daughter.
“Because I’m Your Dad,” by Ahmet Zappa, illustrated by Dan Santat, $8, Amazon
A great choice for the “cool Dad” — this monster from rocker Ahmet Zappa and rock star illustrator Dan Santat is a fan of drum sets, burping and spaghetti for breakfast.
“Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada,” by Jimmy Fallon, $6 (originally 8), Amazon
Join the whole animal kingdom in trying to get baby to say Dada in this follow up to "The Tonight Show" host's “Everything Is Mama.”
"My Dad Is Amazing,” by Sabrina Moyle, illustrated by Eunice Moyle, $8, Amazon
Dad is tougher than a rhino wrestler and cuddlier than a ton of bunnies in this Technicolor board book for your littlest ones.
“With My Daddy: A Book of Love and Family,” by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey, $12 (originally $17), Amazon
This whimsical book from the creators of “In My Heart” takes a tour of emotions felt with dad, from excitement and adventure through calm reassurance. Chew-resistant pages make it good for little ones.
“Wish,” by Matthew Cordell, $14 (originally $17), Amazon
An elephant family starts with an “us” wishing you were here, and staying steadfast no matter what storms come. This is an especially poignant choice for anyone who struggled to start a family.
“My Dad Used to Be So Cool,” by Keith Negley, $13 (originally $18), Amazon
What could possibly have made dad give up rock bands and motorcycles? Don’t worry, Dad’s still cool to his son.
“Daddy, Papa and Me,” by Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson, $7, Amazon
Two dads means double the fun in this rhyming board book. Or check out these picture books that celebrate LGBTQ pride.
“Drawn Together,” by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat, $15 (originally $18), Amazon
This one is for grandpas. A boy and his grandfather have trouble bridging their language gap, until they find a new way to communicate beyond words.
"Heroes for My Daughter," by Brad Meltzer, $13 (originally $18), Amazon
Meltzer was inspired by the birth of his daughter to put together this compilation of mini-biographies. There's also "Heroes for My Son," though each book features both men and women.
“My Dad Is the Best Playground,” by Luciana Navarro Powell, $8, Amazon
Dad is the highest swing and a great climbing wall in this celebration of playful dads.
“If I Didn’t Have You,” by Alan Katz, illustrated by Chris Robertson, $18, Amazon
What could a father and child do without each other? They entertain ideas of staying up late and using the child’s room for a personal butler, but each knows they’d rather have each other.
"Daddy Depot," by Chana Stiefel, $9 (originally $18), Amazon
When Lizzie sees an ad for Daddy Depot, she thinks she can find the dad of her dreams, but discovers the model she has isn't so bad.
“Daddy Dreams,” by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben, $4 (originally $6), Amazon
How do animal daddies sleep? With little ones by their side in the latest of the series that includes “Daddy Kisses” and “Daddy Cuddles.”
“Tell Me a Tattoo Story,” by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, $14 (originally $17), Amazon
This tattooed dad has touching stories behind his ink, indelible illustrations of his love.
“Be Glad Your Dad… Is Not an Octopus,” by Matthew Logelin and Sara Jensen, Jared Chapman, $14 (originally $17), Amazon
Your dad might be perfect, but at least he’s not a dung beetle (who would pile poop in your room). This funny take on animal dads has fun animal facts for kids.
“I Love My Pirate Papa,” by Laura Leuck, Kyle M. Stone, $7, Amazon
A pirate papa is there for swashbuckling adventure, but prizes nothing more than his son.