Recommended Readings in Children’s Literature for Men

Recommended Readings:  The following list of recommended readings is courtesy of a father involvement project of the Long Beach Community Action Partnership from a chapter by Gregory Uba (2010) with some additional titles suggested by colleagues:


Some of the best loved books for Fathers to read to children that feature Dads/Father Figures (alphabetical order by author):

  • The Night Worker, Kate Banks
  • My Dad, Anthony Browne
  • Voices in the Park, Anthony Browne
  • Fred Stays with Me, Nancy Coffelt and Tricia Tusa
  • Horton Hatches the Egg, Dr Seuss
  • Tough Boris, Mem Fox
  • Daddy Make the Best Spaghetti, Anna Grossnickle Hines
  • Daddy Hugs, Karen Katz
  • Dad and Me in the Morning, Patricia Lakin and Robert G.  Steele
  • How I Became a Pirate, Melinda Long and David Shannon
  • I Like it When…/Me gusta cuando…, Mary Murphy
  • Enemy Pie, Derek Munson and Tara Calahan King
  • And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  • Kevin and His Dad, Irene Smalls
  • Night Shift Daddy, Eileen Spinelli and Melissa Iwai
  • Knuffle Bunny, Mo Willems


Some of the books Dads love to read to young children that don’t feature Dads, but are still way fun!

  • Go Away Big Green Monster, Ed Emberley
  • Not a Box, Antoinette Portis
  • Not a Stick, Antoinette Portis
  • What Do Wheels Do All Day?, April Jones Prince and Giles Laroche
  • Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  • David Goes to School, David Shannon
  • David Gets In Trouble, David Shannon
  • No David, David Shannon

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