A Mighty Girl's Father's Day tribute showcases our favorite books celebrating the special father-daughter bond.
A father is a special presence in a girl’s life: he supports, encourages, and loves his daughter, even as he models to her what a man can be. Father’s Day provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this unique and important relationship in the lives of many Mighty Girls. Whether they’re dancing with their babies, walking in the dark and snow with their little girls, or teaching their tweens and teens to be self-sufficient, the fathers in these books know a thing or two about raising Mighty Girls!
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For many daughters, story time with Daddy is a treasured ritual at the end of a busy day — the perfect time to reconnect and enjoy some quiet time together. We’ve put together a selection of books perfect for father-daughter reading. Whether he’s cuddling with his newborn girl or laughing with his tween, the father in your life will love these books.
"Dance, little baby, / move to and fro / Coo and crow, baby, / there you go." Who would have thought a nineteenth-century poem would capture the joy of moving with baby so perfectly? When Mama falls asleep on the sofa, it's an opportunity for Dad and his little girl to have a swooping, twirling dance, just the two of them. This energetic book is perfect for reading aloud... or dancing to!
Moms everywhere have suspected for years that fathers are secretly working to ensure babies say "Dada" first — and this book proves it! Jimmy Fallon, comedian and host of The Tonight Show, introduces a series of animal dads who repeat "Dada" to their baby, only to get a "moo," a "baa," or a "quack" back! The dads start to get discouraged — but these babies love their dads, and as a result, the final page is a triumphant chorus of "Dada!" (Well, mostly.) Hilarious illustrations and simple text make this charming board book is the perfect gift for a new (or soon-to-be) dad! Fans of this book will also love Mudpuppy's Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada Puzzle that's perfect for toddlers.
Does your Daddy wear a business suit or mismatched socks? Have lots of hair or none? Work at home or work away? Todd Parr’s distinctive illustrations show a fun, brightly-colored, diverse bunch of Daddies. His depictions of the wide variety of fathers out there is sure to hint at some of the father in your family — and, he reminds you, there are some things all Daddies do: they all want to be with you, and they all love you!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar helps kids celebrate their love for their dads in this charming book from The World of Eric Carle! As the caterpillar crawls through the book, he sees a variety of animal father-child pairs, as they talk, play, be silly together, and more. Even when they get on the other's nerves, they still love one another more than words can say! Eric Carle's distinctive artwork and lively animal characters ensure that every child (and dad) can see themselves in this book, making it perfect to share with any Dad to let him know how much you care. For the companion book for mothers, check out I Love Mom with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
A ride on Daddy's back turns into an adventure as his little girl urges him, "Faster! Faster!" Is Daddy as fast as a dog? A horse? A cheetah? An energetic Daddy-daughter pair discover that Daddy's only limitation might be his daughter's imagination! Both dads and daughters will laugh out loud at this exuberant game. Fans of this book can revisit this charming Daddy-daughter pair in Higher! Higher!, in which Daddy's diligent pushing on the swings leads to an imaginative adventure!
The girl in this book proudly declares, "I love my daddy, yes I do!" Together, this father-daughter pair enjoy playtime outside and inside, fun making pancakes, and all sorts of other activities. He makes her laugh, he teaches her new things, he even makes up stories just for her. Most importantly, he always lets her know just how much he loves her! This charming rhyming story, which is available in both picture book and board book format, is sure to become a treasured part of storytime.
The yeti dad in this book is simply amazing! His child proudly declares that Dad is "cooler than a million popsicles" — and that's not all; he's also "tougher than a rhino wrestler" and "cuddlier than a ton of bunnies." And best of all, Dad is always ready to remind his little ones that they're pretty amazing too! This board book by the creators of the Hello!Lucky greeting card and design studio has exuberant illustrations and simple but expressive text that's perfect for the youngest father-daughter pairs to share.
Daddy loves to give his baby plenty of hugs — there's no better to say "I love you!" Dad and Baby can count along with this sweet, colorful board book, just the right size for little hands. It's a great way to celebrate cuddly times between a father and a daughter. Full of Karen Katz's vivid, appealing illustrations, this is sure to be a favorite.
It's a perfect day for Lulu — aka Ladybug Girl — to spend with her father! Everything is an adventure when they're together, from hiking a trail and skipping rocks to hanging up laundry to dry. And as the pair make pancakes and build a birdhouse, they're also creating special memories of father-daughter time together. This sweet board book is perfect for fans of Ladybug Girl to read over and over with their fathers. Lulu also appeared in a book celebrating grandfathers this year, Ladybug Girl's Day Out With Grandpa. For more books starring this popular character, visit our Ladybug Girl Collection.
In Lola at the Library, we got to see Lola's special time with Mommy; now it's Daddy's turn! Every night, Daddy reads to Lola, and she spends the next day acting out the story — from princesses to pilots, tigers to farmers, there's nothing she won't explore! This celebration of imagination and the power of books to help grow young minds pays tribute to an often treasured father-daughter ritual: storytime.
Daddy, Trixie, and her beloved stuffed Knuffle Bunny go on an adventure to the laundromat together... but when they head home, Trixie suddenly realizes that somebunny has been left behind! When you can't say any words, it's awfully hard to let people know exactly why you're so upset. Fortunately, once Mommy and Daddy realize that Knuffle Bunny is missing, Daddy is ready to run to the rescue and get him back... resulting in a very special story about Trixie's first word. Mo Willems' expressive illustrations are the perfect foil to this hilarious story of communication gone awry.
Nothing is better than spending time with dad, as far as this spunky girl is concerned! They ride bikes and swim, they imagine amazing games, and they relax and take it easy. Being around Dad makes her feel powerful and strong — brave enough to challenge herself by getting thrown high up in the air or facing a nearby dog — but when her feelings overwhelm her, he's also there to make her feel safe and calm. This sweet companion to In My Heart is a celebration of the way that dads support, nurture, and encourage their Mighty Girls.
Pets are part of the family too — which means for dog-loving Daddies and daughters, the family puppy might be part of the fun! In this lift-the-flap book, Biscuit and his girl with the purple sneakers make sure that the day is full of special activities to honor and celebrate Dad. Dads will smile at the careful thoughtfulness devoted to making sure that Dad's day is extra special.
Father's Day is tomorrow, and while Dad is out on a bike ride, Mom and the kids work on an extra special surprise! Together, they tidy up everything in the garage and then scrub the car until it's sparkling clean. And when Dad wakes up the next day, the natural reaction is to decide take a Father's Day drive -- with his family. This charming story, based on the poem "The Night Before Christmas," is a great way to celebrate how the whole family loves their Dad.
Plum really wants a pet, but her dad says no way... so Plum improvises and decides to turn her dad into her pet! Obliging Dad is happy to be called Schnitzel, get tummy rubs, and accept scratches on the ears... but he's not so cooperative when Plum tries to get him to fetch, eat yard waste, or do his business on a newspaper. Fortunately, Plum realizes that a little mutual respect — and a lot of love — are the most important parts of her relationship with Pet Dad. This book, equal parts charming and tongue-in-cheek, is sure to make father-daughter pairs giggle.
From the author of the popular Llama, Llama series comes a delightful story starring a loving daughter and daddy duo! Nelly Gnu loves painting, building, and drawing — but everything is better with Daddy Gnu! Over the course of a special day, Nelly and her daddy plan an exciting project to build together. Daddy listens carefully to Nelly’s ideas, but Nelly also learns to listen to Daddy’s thoughts, too. Filled with fun rhyming text, this charming story is sure to delight your Mighty Girl! Vivid illustrations perfectly capture the special day of a loving and attentive father and his doting daughter.
A dad can be many things — a teacher, a protector, a nurturer, a partner in adventures... or even all of the above, changing from moment to moment to suit what his little girl needs! Instagram artist Soosh went viral when she introduced her charming father-daughter pair, and now her debut picture book celebrates the many special roles that a father plays in a child's life. This charming picture book is the perfect way to celebrate a special dad!
"A father toad dives quick, unseen/ beneath a creekside evergreen./ While he glides,/ his babies gleam./ This father’s love/ flows like a stream." This book is a tribute the love a father has for his children! Through the behavior of a wide variety of animals, from a penguin in the snow to a seahorse in the ocean to a lion in a field of yellow grass, each of these dads finds a way to protect, care for, and love their babies. The final dad this book celebrates? Human dads, of course, who appear snuggling their own beloved babies! This heartwarming book is perfect for kids and dads to enjoy together.
It's a special day for this little girl: Mommy is off to work, which means she's daddy-sitting! Daddies need lots of attention, and it's a good idea to spend time doing things like biking to the playground (or rather, letting him pedal while you ride in the trailer); grabbing groceries; and a some jobs around the house, like a tea party (while Daddy folds laundry and does other chores.) This charming role reversal will make kids giggle and snuggle up close as they enjoy this sweet and cozy story celebrating a loving father and daughter making an ordinary day special.
Little Flo the duck is a bit of a rebel: she would rather splash in muddy puddles than preen herself clean, and instead of seeds, she'd prefer ice cream! When she and Daddy Duck go to visit Auntie Jenna's new nest, he's worried she'll get distracted and stop following, so he invents a song to remind her. But Flo likes her own words to the song better, and before long, she's separated from Daddy... and being followed by a hungry fox! Fortunately, Daddy Duck's song sticks with her, and she's able to find her way back to him. Author/illustrator Jarvis' sing-song text and busy illustrations make this a delightful read aloud, perfect for reminding kids that Daddy will always be there to help them find their way.
Fans of The Gruffalo will love this sequel featuring the Gruffalo's daughter. The Gruffalo's child heads out into the woods in search of the (mythical?) Big Bad Mouse that her father has told her so much about. Fortunately, when she gets spooked in the middle of her search, she knows just who to run to! This sweet story is a great way for dads to remind their daughters that they'll always be ready with open arms.
As they go for a walk through their neighborhood, a patient father encourages his daughter to ask him all of the questions she is brimming with as they explore the world. This wise dad knows that there’s much beauty and love to share in this idle walk and rambling talk. And with each new sight prompting another train of thought comes something else: the confidence and joy that comes from knowing that your father is really listening. This poetic and gentle picture book is sure to prompt your own sessions of “ask me.”
Even a day at the beach can be filled with challenges for a little girl: starting with a bad dream in the middle of the night, and then moving on with a missing shoe, a ball floating away on the ocean, a dripping ice cream cone... Fortunately, there’s a patient, loving Daddy there to help fix every problem! This book is perfect for reminding the little girl in your life of all the little ways that her father shows his love.
Susie has special plans for her father this Father’s Day, beginning with lunch (“May I drive?” asks Daddy; “Certainly,” Susie replies) then the duck pond and the park... and finally home, where Mom has the perfect ending ready for the day. This warm depiction of the four-year-old mind at work — and the perfect father necessary to make that perfect Father’s Day — is sure to be a favorite.
This little girl and her father are going on a listening walk: a silent walk where they will discover all the sounds of the world around them. As they move through the neighborhood, they hear everything from buses to bees, from woodpeckers to lawn mowers, and on the way, the girl develops a new appreciation for all the activity of her community in spring. Paul Showers' quiet, contemplative story has been updated with full-color illustrations by Aliki, ready to introduce a new generation to this charming book which celebrates quiet time with Dad.
"I loved you before I saw you...But before I'd finished imagining who you'd be, you were here. And you were perfect." In this touching celebration of fatherhood, the close bond between parent and child comes to life with heartwarming resonance. Simple moments, like listening to a child's stories or gazing at the stars, become shimmering moments to treasure. The tranquil text paired with tender watercolor illustrations creates a warm look at the joys, fears, and responsibilities of being a dad over the years, making it the perfect picture book for expectant fathers and already-fathers everywhere.
How much does Daddy love his children? Well, if he was a pilot, he'd fly them to school; if he was a baseball player, he'd hit the home run right into their hands; if he was an inventor, he'd build them the most high-tech tree house ever! This charming story features a Daddy who lets his daughter know that he loves her enough to do just about anything he can. With North's sweet rhyme accented by Hall's elegant watercolor images, this book will have your Mighty Girl planning the things her own Daddy might do.
Bundled in warm clothes on a cold winter night, a girl and her father go out walking and looking for owls. As Pa calls softly into the night, the pair hope that they will see an owl, but even if they don't, they'll have the pleasure of quiet time together. This winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal takes a simple activity, offered as a special treat — staying up past bedtime! — and turns it into a moment of magic. Quiet, contemplative text from author Jane Yolen and rich, soft illustrations from John Schoenherr combine to bring a sense of majesty and joy to this father-daughter adventure.
This dad has lots of hopes for his relationship with his very special little monster! From eating rocky road ice cream in the bathtub to giggly tickle attacks, this pair enjoy time together that's silly, sweet, and full of love. And the ending provides a moving tribute to the power of a positive relationship with a dad: "Because I'm your dad, I will do all of these things for you and more... because that's what my dad did for me."
This dad may be big and burly, but his heart completely melts when he sees his child for the first time! He dives into all aspects of parenthood: baby giggles, changing diapers, first steps, and trips to the beach. And throughout, he realizes that "of all of the children that could ever be, you are the one made just for me." This national best-seller adorably captures a loving father-child relationship, making it a perfect gift for fathers of girls, boys, or both.
This father and daughter have a backyard that needs a shed — so it's time to build one! Daddy takes his girl along with him to the lumberyard, where she learns to find straight boards (and gets to choose the shed's latch all by herself.) Then, they get started on the building, with occasional interludes for turning the plywood into a dance floor and choosing not one, not two, but three colors of paint. And many years later, the now-grown daughter smiles as she fixes up the now-peeling shed — with the help of her own son. This charming story, which includes helpful real-life tips for building, is a warm-hearted depiction of a father-daughter bond that grows along with their project.
Mina lives "in her own little world" and is usually happy to let her idiosyncratic father do the same... until the day he brings home a "really big surprise" and presents her with a pet. "I don't think it's a squirrel," Mina says, eyeing the very large black and white cat! But her father insists: "There’s nothing to worry about!" But Mina is sure this plan is bad news, especially when she catches the cat extending clawed paws her way. She wants to trust her instincts... but she wants to trust her father too. Fortunately, help does arrive, and Mina recognizes that even though her father can be careless, he's also very kind. Part humor, part suspense, this unique picture book from the creator of the acclaimed and beloved Pokko and the Drum captures the relatable moment when a child feels like their concerns are being dismissed by the adults around them.
The morning starts early for this father and child as they prepare for a special hike — just the two of them. Out of town and into the wilderness they go, ready to explore the trail. Along the way they see many of nature's simple wonders: beautiful views, lush forests, and bubbling rivers. The hike isn't always easy, but they make it to the summit, where they plant a tree together to do their part for the forest. And when they finally head for home, the pair know they've been part of something special — not just for the forest, but for one another. This elegant, nearly wordless picture book, with a child drawn so they can be interpreted as either male or female, is a gentle tribute to the beauties of the great outdoors, the importance of stewardship, and the love between father and child.
In this poetic picture book, Muslim and Latino poet Mark Gonzales writes an affirming letter to his daughter, encouraging her to celebrate her multiple identities: Muslim, Hispanic, and Indigenous. At the same time, he urges her to see the beauty in the diversity of her community, and to seek unity and understanding wherever she goes. Inspirational text with vibrant, jewel-toned illustrations make this a beautiful choice for any family.
A young girl and her dad love spending time together... but sometimes, he regrets how much he can't do. He uses a wheelchair to get around, and that means he can't join her on the ice when she skates, or splash in puddles with her when it rains. But she reminds him that they still spend plenty of time together, ice fishing, making sandcastles, or drinking hot cocoa — and even if he can't skate with her, he's always there to lace up her skates when she needs him! This sweet autobiographical story is a lovely reminder that there are many ways to spend time together.
It’s bedtime for an excited little Chicken, who just can’t sleep without a story. But no matter how often her exasperated Papa tells her not to interrupt, she can’t bear to see her favorite characters make a silly mistake! So when they run out of stories, tired Papa invites Chicken to write her own bedtime story — but can he make it to the end without interrupting? Vivid illustrations and a vibrant, energetic main characters make this classic bedtime challenge funny for both little ones and patient Papas.
A little girl named Stone lives with her loving father in a prehistoric landscape, surrounded by mastodons, bison, and other more mysterious, dangerous beasts. But when her father falls sick, the only cure is a healing flower far in the wilderness, in a cave guarded by ferocious bears — and no one else is willing to risk the journey. Stone sets off alone, but she's not sure if she can be strong enough to succeed. Fortunately, it turns out that there are many kinds of strength — including the knowledge of when to be kind — and Stone's sense of empathy is what helps her reach her goal and save her father. This tender story, with its vibrant illustrations of the creatures Stone must face, is a sweet father-daughter tale about the power of compassion.
Zuri's full head of naturally textured hair has a mind of its own, but today is a very special occasion and she needs it to look just right! At first, she tries to do it herself, but when Daddy wakes up to see her searching for hairstyles on her tablet, he says he'll help. It's not quite as simple as he expects it to be, but for his little girl, he's determined to do better — and with a little help from a tutorial, Zuri and Daddy style the perfect "funky puff buns" just in time for Mommy's return home! This tender and loving book empowers girls to love their hair — and dads to believe that they can handle whatever their daughters need.
Etty loves to play pretend and write stories about fairies. Her father, Charles Darwin — THE Charles Darwin — is a firm believer in science and evidence. So on a walk, as they wander down a "thinking path," father and daughter talk and think together. In this imagined conversation, Etty and her father explore science, life, evidence, and fairies, all while enjoying special time together. Inspired by the real life Henrietta Darwin, who wrote fantasy stories on the backs of her father's manuscripts and grew up to be a thoughtful woman who even edited her father's work, this is a charming picture book that celebrates the father-daughter relationship and the importance of balancing scientific rigor with open mindedness and creativity.
Lucy loves to tinker and fix things, from broken watches to Dad's old binoculars, and that's even more important now that it's just the two of them and he could use the extra help. When she finds a sparrow with a broken wing, she names him Flap and sets her sights on helping him fly again — even though Dad warns her gently that not everything broken can be fixed. Lucy's attempts at inventing a sparrow-powered airplane are ambitious but unsuccessful, and that's when she realizes the painful truth... but also learns that she can rely on the people around her to support her as she grieves. A quiet story, with subtle hints in the illustrations about how Lucy and Dad are still mourning for her mother, make this a powerful book about loss and love.
"From the first time I held you, so perfect and new, / I promised to do everything that I could do / To help you become your most wonderful YOU, / My darling, my daughter, my girl." The relationship between a father and daughter can be a special bond — and you can celebrate it with this touching book based on the bestselling work of Gregory E. Lang! This lovely book includes touching rhymes about the ways that fathers and daughters learn, grow, and explore together, alongside cheerful images of animal fathers and daughters. It's the perfect cozy and comforting book for fathers and daughters to read together. For the companion book about mothers, check out Why A Daughter Needs A Mom.
If you want to learn to be a super dad surpriser, then this book is for you! The author / illustrator team behind How to Babysit A Grandma provide a step-by-step guide to surprising your beloved dad, including tips on choosing the perfect treats and presents; concealing your activities if he gets suspicious; and practicing for the big moment! Charming and funny, this book is an excellent celebration of the dads we love — and how we can show our appreciation for everything they do.
A father and a daughter meet to build together. Although she is much smaller than him, he knows she is up to the task! They start with a house, "a place to stay when all is lost,/ to keep the things we love the most." Then they build more fantastical things: a road to the moon, a fortress to repel "enemies," and then, when they see their fortress is keeping out potential friends, too, gates to open wide to welcome them in. Most importantly, they are building a future together. World-renowned author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers created this companion to his best-selling book Here We Are as a tribute to the love between parent and child and the endless possibilities of our lives.
Some girls go home to two daddies! In this charming book, a little girl answers a friend’s curious questions about having two daddies — who bandages her scraped knees? Who cooks her breakfast? She responds confidently to each question, telling her friend whether it’s Daddy or Poppa who handles that situation. Of course, there’s an easy answer to which father to turn to if she needs love: both! Whether your Mighty Girl lives in a house with two daddies or not, this book is a great way to teach her that a family with two fathers is just another family, full of love. For another picture book starring a two dad family, for ages 4 to 8, check out Stella Brings the Family.
4-year-old Kalia has never known life outside the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in Thailand, where she and thousands of other Hmong people live after escaping Laos' Secret War. Although Kalia and her cousins play like any children, she recognizes the hardship her family faces in the camp, and the fear everyone has of moving beyond it: "They are scared to return to the old country. They are scared to go to a new country." Finally, when she asks her father what things are like outside the camp, he helps her climb the tallest tree, so she can see the world beyond — and imagine the potential for a better life. Based on the author's real experience as a child, this stunning and poignant story is a celebration of resilience, hope, and a father's love.
Every night, when papi gets home, Daisy Ramona comes running out with their helmets: it's time for a motorcycle ride! Together, they ride through her vibrant immigrant community. The neighborhood is changing — from new construction being built by her papi and his friends, to empty stores they used to love, like the shaved ice shop. But one thing will never change: the love between father and daughter. Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña create a touching tribute to Mexican-American culture and the memories that stick with us throughout our lives — particularly about people we love.
A young girl in a medieval castle joins her father, the castle's falconer, as he takes his bird on a daramtic flight. Short quatrains in rhyming verse introduce the falcon, his perch, and important elements of the sport, like the falconer's gloves and bells, while sidebars on each page provide additional information for curious readers. Finally, the girl gets to witness the falcon's remarkable hunting skill as it wheels and dives. An endnote lets readers know more about both ancient and modern falconry for those inspired by this tale of a curious girl and a beautiful bird.
Ramona desperately wants to make her father smile again, but after he’s lost his job and the household is struggling, it’s hard for anyone in the Quimby family to feel happy. Ramona is never one to decline a challenge, though: she’s sure she can figure it out! If only she could do it without making everyone — her parents, her sister, even her teacher — upset with her. Fortunately, Mr. Quimby knows just what Ramona needs to hear: that he wouldn’t trade her for a million dollars. This Newbery Honor book that shows the beloved Quimby family rallying to face new obstacles is sure to be a hit with both fans of Cleary’s work and new readers.
Ronia is the celebrated daughter of Matt, leader of a ferocious band of robbers, but she’s happiest alone, exploring the deep forest. There, she meets Birk, the son of Matt’s greatest rival, Borka, and the two become unexpected friends. But when new hostilities break out between two bands, Ronia is faced with conflicting loyalties when her father wants to use Birk as a hostage to force his rival’s surrender. Can Ronia and Birk find a way to reconcile the two robber barons, or will they have to choose between friendship and family? This book by Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, is a much-loved coming-of-age story in which it's the daughter who has wisdom to offer her father.
In 1920s Alaska, a little girl being taken to an orphanage captures the hearts of the most unlikely adoptive fathers — two tough-as-nails gold miners. In her new home at Ballard Creek, Bo's new fathers raise her with the help of kind people from a nearby Inuit village. Hill, who spent her first six years in a modern mining camp just like Ballard Creek, brings a voice of authenticity to Bo's adventures, while Pham's exuberant illustrations perfectly capture the energy and enthusiasm of this busy little girl! It's a charming story of what truly makes a family: love.
Young Nim is comfortable handling life in her island home on her own: her mother died when she was young, and her father often has to leave for days at a time on scientific expeditions. But she knows how to climb a tree, chop down bananas with a machete, and even start a fire with a piece of glass — and she has a sea lion and an iguana to keep her company. She even has a new email friendship with adventure novelist Alex Rover. But when her father's ship is damaged — and then his cell phone calls stop coming altogether — Nim starts to worry... and when she injures her knee, things start looking grim. Nim's reaches out to Alex, who isn't nearly as capable as her novels' protagonists, to help her make it through, but in the end, it’s Nim who rescues herself, her father, and Alex. This delightful novel has also been adapted into a live action feature film.
Mildred dreams of growing a thousand-pound pumpkin to take to the fair. She’s been trying for four years, since her mother died, struggling through bad weather, accidental damage to the seedlings — and the skepticism of her aunt Arlene, who thinks Mildred should be focused on boys and clothes, not pumpkins. But her Daddy believes in her, and with his support, she knows this will be her year. The loving bond between Mildred and her veterinarian father, who understands that this is about much more than a pumpkin, ensures that this will be a favorite book to read together.
Maggie doesn't understand why her cool-dude dad isn't working any more, or why he suddenly needs a wheelchair...until she learns that he has multiple sclerosis, a disease with no cure. The news may be scary — and her fights with her older sisters spectacular — but Maggie is determined that she can find a cure; after all, she's defending Science Fair champion! But Maggie's dad has something else he wants her to learn: that whatever is going on in your life, the most important thing is to live it. This heartfelt story of coming of age through a parent's illness is both sensitive and funny, and is sure to be a favorite for Daddy-daughter reading.
Ever since Coyote Sunrise's mother and sisters were killed in a car accident, she and her father have been on the road in an old school bus; the only place they'll never go is their old hometown. But then she learns that a park in her old neighborhood is being destroyed — the park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a memory box. So Coyote decides to trick her father into driving 3,600 miles in four days... without him realizing the destination. Along the way, they'll meet new friends, each of whom help Coyote as she struggles to find a home and a happy ending. This poignant story which celebrates the power of reclaiming the past also features a powerful father-daughter relationship that helps both parties overcome grief.
Of course, Dad and daughters can do much more than just read together! Your Mighty Girl will love having the chance to try new things with her father. The following books provide all sorts of activities that dads and girls can try together.
Create a one-of-a-kind keepsake all about Dad with this book full of prompts, ideas, and stickers! Start out with the basics: "Your name is ______. But I like to call you ______." Then, get into some details: "Your favorite animal is ______" and "You are terrified of ______." Soon, you'll be getting into intergalactic space adventures, what kind of pizza topping you'd like to be, and even more giggle-inducing fun! With spaces to draw, sentences to finish, and stickers to add, this is sure to be a hit with both Dads and kids... especially when it ends with the best page of all: "This is us, doing what we do best. I love you, Dad!" There is also a companion book for moms, A Book about Mom with Words and Pictures by Me.
For dads and daughters seeking a fun, thoughtful, and creative way to connect, this shared father-daughter journal is the perfect choice! With thoughtful prompts, coloring pages, interactive lists, challenges, letters, and free creative space, dads and daughters can record memories, swap stories, compare perspectives, and explore common and unique interests. The journal's 144 pages will help dads and daughters learn more about one another and connect in a whole new way, and don't be surprised if you want to keep this connection going long after you've filled out the last page!
After creating best-selling journals to support relationships between moms and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, and sisters, Sofie Jacobs, partners with her father, Jonathan Jacobs, to offer advice and prompts for fathers and daughters to express anything and everything! This no-stress, no-rules journal is designed to cultivate shared stories, engaging activities, and a new understanding on both sides. Full of advice from this devoted pair, writing prompts to start and extend conversations, and pages for lists, drawing, and much more, this journal is a terrific way to strengthen the father-daughter bond.
Combine science and bonding time with this book that lets fathers explore the answers to "but why?" alongside their kids! Full of fascinating, exciting, and thought-provoking experiments that can be put together with inexpensive items from the grocery store and household items, and featuring full-colour illustrations that are simple enough for everyone to follow along, this book provides a great way for dads to have fun with their daughters while also encouraging an inquisitive mind and a love for science.
Your relationship with your daughter doesn't have to fade during adolescence — and your role in her life can influence your daughter in profound ways. In this book Joe Kelly tackles how to maintain a presence in your daughter’s life during her tween and teen years, when many fathers feel uncertain about how to handle the changing dynamic. Dads and Daughters tackles tough issues like dating, body image, media culture, alcohol and drugs, and more; however, it is always positive, full of the promise that fathers can have a strong impact on their growing girls. A companion book, The Dads and Daughters Togetherness Guide, provides suggestions for activities you can try together.
This partner book to the one above provides plenty of suggestions for the fun stuff! Kelly provides ideas for fathers of daughters of all ages for activities they can explore together. Kelly’s suggestions are varied and interesting, everything from designing secret codes to visiting factories to going for a driving trip with the daughter deciding the route, meaning that dads and daughters of all stripes are sure to find things they’ll enjoy doing. Kelly also includes everything from “fast fun” ideas you can do before breakfast to activities you can do through a week-long vacation. They’ll love finding just the right adventure to take together!
It's equally important to build a strong bond if you're a single dad, whether full-time or sharing custody, but single dads have some additional challenges, especially as their daughters enter the tween and teen years. This book covers everything, from what to expect — and prepare her for — as she develops both physically and emotionally, to how to coach her through everything from friendship troubles to rough spots at school to her first steps into dating. It's the definitive guide to get dads and daughters from "survive" to "thrive" — together.
Finally, to all of the dads out there, thanks for all that you do to support your Mighty Girls! A very happy Father's Day to you from A Mighty Girl!
Additional Recommended Resources
- For more books about fathers, check out our collection of books about fathers and daughters.
- For parenting books about the importance of fathers, visit our Father / Daughter Relationships section.
- You can find some great father-daughter songs in the parent-child section of our music selection.
- If you'd like to celebrate a grandfather as well as a father this Father's Day, check our out Grandparents section for books featuring loving grandpas.