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Check out these charming, lively, and touching tales that celebrate fathers.
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Dad's Dinosaur Day
by Diane Dawson Hearn Illustrated by Diane Dawson Hearn

At last! A good dinosaur title to use in preschool story time!" ("School Library Journal"). Dad isn't himself today. In fact, he's become a dinosaur!

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The Daddy Book
by Todd Parr
With his trademark childlike art, Todd Parr celebrates fathers and all the different varieties they come in.
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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers
Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

In this intergenerational collection of poetry by new and established African American writers, fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor, and grace. Folami Abiade, Dinah Johnson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Dakari Hru, Michael Burgess, E. Ethelbert Miller, Lenard D.

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Daddy Is a Doodlebug
by Bruce Degen Illustrated by Bruce Degen

While Daddy and his doodlebug snack on potoodle chips, padoodle their canoe, and count firefloodles, they have even more fun because they're doing things they love together.

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Daddy Will Be There
by Lois G. Grambling Illustrated by Walter Gaffney-Kessell
The young narrator of this heartfelt picture book can do many things on her own. She can play in her backyard, attend a friend's birthday party, and go to kindergarten. Each activity leads her farther away from home, but faith in her father's presence at the end of the day never wavers.
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I Love My Daddy Because
by Laurel Porter-Gaylord Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Familiar phrases from a pre-schooler's world give a child's-eye view of being an animal baby. Many different animal fathers are shown caring for their young.

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If My Dad Were a Dog
by Annabel Tellis

With refreshingly direct, unfussy photos of a black Lab set against cheerful, simple, primary-colored backgrounds, this fun book playfully explores, in rhyming text, just what would happen a young child's wish came true.

Full color.

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Just the Two of Us
by Will Smith Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

"Just the two of us, building castles in the sky; just the two of us, you and I."

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Kevin and His Dad
by Irene Smalls Illustrated by Michael Hays

A simple, graceful text and illustrations infused with warmth and love make this story of a day a boy and his dad spend together a special reading experience. Young boys and their fathers will relish this book that celebrates the ordinary things dads and kids can do together. Full color.

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My Daddy
by Susan Paradis

As the boy in "My Daddy" watches his father leave and eagerly awaits his return, his anxiety and fear are transformed into comfort, security, and finally a joyful reunion. Full color.

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My Daddy and Me
by Amy E. Sklansky
A new board book version of Amy Sklansky and Ard Hoyt's colorful 8x8 celebrates dads everywhere!

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Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen Illustrated by John Schoenherr

A young girl and her father take a nighttime stroll near the farm where they live to look for owls. It is a beautiful night, a moonlit winter night.

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Hardcover Picturebooks : $13.59

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What Dads Can't Do
by Douglas Wood Illustrated by Doug Cushman

There are lots of things that regular people can do but dads can't.

Dads can't cross the street without holding hands. They can push, but can't swing. When dads play hide-and-seek they always get found, but they have a hard time finding you.

Dads really need to be kissed good night at bedtime.

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When I Grow Up
by Leonid Gore Illustrated by Leonid Gore

What will you be when you grow up? Leonid Gore's imaginative text and art offer an original response to a universal question.

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Mighty Dads
by Joan Holub Illustrated by James Dean

Mighty dads, strong and tall,
help their children, young and small.

They keep them safe and bolted tight
and show them how to build things right.

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Hardcover Picturebooks : $11.89

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A Father's Day Thank You
by Janet Nolan Illustrated by Kathi Ember

Harvey doesn’t know what to get his father for Father’s Day. It’s especially hard when his older sisters and brother seem so sure that their presents are his favorites.

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A Perfect Father's Day
by Eve Bunting Illustrated by Susan Meddaugh

When four-year-old Susie treats her father to a series of special activities for Father's Day, they just happen to be all of her own favorite things.

Praise for A Perfect Father's Day

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Clifford's Day with Dad
by Norman Bridwell Illustrated by Norman Bridwell

Watching Emily Elizabeth with her father makes Clifford want to spend time with his own dad in the country. During their visit, Clifford's dad makes sure Clifford knows everything a good dog should. They spend a fun day fetching, digging and playing together.

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Hey, Daddy!: Animal Fathers and Their Babies
by Mary Batten Illustrated by Higgins Bond

In the vast animal kingdom, mommies are often solely responsible for the birth and upbringing of their young. But daddies can, and do, help in a variety of surprising ways.

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Just My Dad & Me
by Leah Komaiko Illustrated by Jeffrey Greene
Under the Sea For this little girl, there's nothing like swimming at the shore with "just" her dad. But when too many people tag along, she escapes the crowd--and her dad--to be by herself. With a splash into the sea, she discovers a fascinating new world.
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Mister Seahorse
by Eric Carle Illustrated by Eric Carle
When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse's belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets some other underwater fathers caring for their babies: Mr. Tilapia, who carries his babies in his mouth; Mr.
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Night Shift Daddy
by Eileen Spinelli Illustrated by Melissa Iwai

When the sun sets, night shift Daddy eats dinner with his little girl, reads a story, and tucks her snugly into bed.

When the sun rises he comes home and shares her breakfast. Then it's time for night shift Daddy to be tucked snugly into bed before his daughter goes out to play.

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Just Me and My Dad
Series: Little Critter
by Mercer Mayer Illustrated by Mercer Meyer

Find out how much trouble Little Critter and his father have pitching the tent, fishing, and cooking dinner when they go on a camping trip.

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Froggy's Day with Dad
Series: Froggy
by Jonathan London Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

It's Father's Day at last, and Froggy is so-o-o excited. "We're going to play golf!" he tells his dad. Oh no. Dad says Froggy's too little for golf. "But you're just the right size to play miniature golf!" he explains.

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My Dad
by Anthony Browne Illustrated by Anthony Browne
From the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Medalist In an endearing homage to dads everywhere, a boy describes -- and exaggerates -- the many accomplishments and feats of his father.
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My Daddy Snores
by Nancy Rothstein Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

Each night when daddy snores, the walls rattle, the floor shakes, and no one gets any rest! How will this family ever get a good night's sleep? Also included is helpful information about snoring and sleep apnea.

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