There's no one "type" when it comes to an amazing dad. Some might spend Father's Day barbecuing with their kids, while others might prefer to take the family to that new art show downtown. But no matter what your kids' dad is like, the one father-child activity most dads can agree on is reading.
Yet, when you think about it, fathers aren't exactly the focus of many books. That's why surpising him with a few books that celebrate him as the hero of the day can be the most touching Father's Day gift (and for you dads reading this: treat yourself to the praise, you deserve it!). Not only will your kids be reminded of how lucky they are to have a dad like theirs, but he'll end the day feeling extra special and appreciated. As a bonus, these picture books are perfect for kids of different ages, so there's no need for siblings to take turns reading with him on Father's Day.
In this sweet book, Peppa shares what she loves about her flat-out fantastic daddy: He's a big person with a serious job, but he always makes time to play with Peppa and her brother, George. From jumping in mud puddles to reading bedtime stories, Peppa lists every single thing that makes Daddy Pig the best around.
2. Mighty Dads
Calling all builders, even the little ones still training with the sandbox crane! This book takes dads and their kids to a construction site to show how fathers build things full of love, with their little ones learning right beside them. Your kids' dad might secretly swell with a bit of pride while reading this tribute to the many ways fathers set positive examples for their kids.
3. Big Choo
Choo's biggest dream is to be a brave, fast train just like his dad, Papa Pufferbelly. (Just try to say that name without smiling.) But becoming a Big Choo comes with unexpected challenges, and Little Choo will need all the bravery and strength he can muster to chugga-chugga-chug on the main line. Along the way, he learns a valuable lesson about never giving up on your dreams, even when everything goes off track.
Little ones with a dad who is the master of games will relate to this read. Walt the Walrus plays a game of hide-and-seek with his father, who turns out to be pretty good at it. Walt ends up exploring every inch of the zoo, and asking all of the animals he encounters the same question: "Are you my daddy?" He gets thrown for a loop a few times — say, when a penguin's bushy eyebrows resemble his dad's mustache! Your youngest ones will be excited about the pull-tabs, flaps, and touch-and-feel animals, while toddlers and early readers will love learning all about animal daddies, from Daddy Penguin to Daddy Monkey.
When Suzy's father has to go thousands of miles away to join the war in Vietnam, Suzy's head is buzzing with questions: Why does daddy have to leave? How long will he be away? Will he be okay? In this picture book memoir by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, little readers see Suzy's relationship with her father in the midst of the Vietnam War. A moving tale, this book may particularly speak to military kids who are dealing with being separated from their dads on Father's Day.