Father’s Day is June 21, and we would like to send out a note of thanks and appreciation to fathers everywhere. Listed below are a few of our favorite fictional books about dads, ideas and instructions for making a gift for Father’s Day, and nonfiction titles describing a few hardworking fathers of the animal kingdom.
Abigail Takes the Wheel. 1999.
When the first mate of the freight boat Neptune falls ill, it is up to Abigail, the captain’s daughter, to steer the ship up the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York City.
[Education Storage: S. Av51a]
Ramona and Her Father. 1977.
The family routine is upset during Ramona’s year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job.
[Education Storage: S. C581rf]
The Best Man for the Job. 1993.
Mitzi’s father, heavy and clumsy and not her image of the ideal father, wreaks havoc in his attempts to be a good dad until the true meaning of Father’s Day becomes clear.
[Education Storage: Q. S.M3126B]
A Father’s Day Thank You. 2007.
Harvey the Bear searches for the perfect Father’s Day present and decides that thanking his dad is the best gift of all.
[Education S Collection: SE. N7115f]
(Middle/High School Readers)
I am Rembrandt’s Daughter. 2008.
In Amsterdam in the mid-1600s, Cornelia’s life as the child, born out of wedlock, of renowned painter Rembrandt is marked by plague, poverty, and despair at ever earning her father’s love, until she sees hope for a better future in the eyes of a wealthy suitor.
[University High Library: Fiction C897i]
The Barefoot Book of Father and Son Tales. 1999.
Folktales collected from various cultures illuminate the father-son relationship.
[Education Storage: S.398.27 Ev29bf]
All Shook Up. 2008.
When thirteen-year-old Josh goes to stay with his father in Chicago for a few months, he discovers–to his horror–that his dad has become an Elvis impersonator.
[Education S Collection: S. P316a]
When her mother plans to move to Australia with her new husband and baby, Floss must decide whether her loyalties lie with her mother or her father, while at the same time, her best friend begins to make fun of her and reject her.
[Center for Children’s Books: S. W6942c]
Home Made Gifts for Dad
Making Presents. 1998.
Gives instructions for making ten simple items that can be given as presents, including an egg cup, a decorated mirror, and candle holders.
[Education Storage: S.745.5 K586M]
All New Crafts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. 2007.
A necktie book mark, #1 Dad door hanger, and eraser magnets are just a few of the gifts you can make with stuff you have at home.
[Education S Collection: S.745.594 R733all]
Gifts to Make For Your Favorite Grownup. 1996.
Provides instructions for making fifty crafts suitable as gifts for adults.
[Center for Children’s Books: Q. S.745.5 R733g]
Step by Step Crafts for Gifts. 2007.
Kathy Ross offers more hand made gift ideas, with instructions and drawings.
[Education S Collection: Q. S.745.5 R733sg]
Fathers of the Animal Kingdom
Animal Dads. 1997.
Illustrations and simple text describe how the males of different species help take care of their young.
[Center for Children’s Books: S.591.563 C684A]
Cutchins, Judy and Ginny Johnston
Parenting Papas: Unusual Parenting Fathers. 1994.
Describes animal fathers that take care of their offspring.
[Education Storage: S.591.56 C971P]
Animal Fathers. 1977.
Discusses the child care behavior of fifteen animal fathers including the seahorse, Darwin’s frog, emperor penguin, and gray wolf.
[Education Oak St. Facility: S.590 F875A]