I ♥ Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle
The vibrant, dynamic art of Eric Carle combined with a simple message of “ I love you dad” makes this small book big on feels. My fifteen-year-old son saw this in my library pile and immediately ordered it for Father’s Day so I can imagine how much little ones will enjoy reading it with their own dads.
Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
Is Dad a mega Star Wars fan? Have I got a book for you to share with him? Brown, best known to Star Wars fans for his Jedi Academy graphic novels, asks the question, “What if Vader was just a typical father trying to raise his kids?”. His wonderful illustrations bring everyday dad situations, like soccer, ice cream, and ‘Bring your son to work day’, to our favorite Sith Lord. Full of fun memories and snappy one-liners. This isn’t canon, it is what if and it is beyond hilarious. For dads and daughters, there is a companion book ” Vader’s Little Princess.” The books also come in a set.
The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing
Art by Amy Wummer
I was first introduced to the author’s ‘Night Before’ series in a book for Easter. As cliche as it sounds to adapt the famous Christmas poem to various holidays and life events, I have to admit that once again the concept works. In this book, Mom and kids clean the garage, wash dad’s car and plan a great breakfast in bed for Dad. It is full of playful and colorful art, in which the family dog is the true star. What I love most about this story is the idea that gifts don’t have to be expensive. A nice gesture or a little help and maybe a homemade card make holidays like this perfect and perfectly doable by even the youngest kids.