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Father’s Day Gift Books

In Australia it is Father’s Day this Sunday. All celebrations in our house call for a new book, and for Father’s Day this year, it’s ‘What’s Dad Doing?’ which is new title from The National Library of Australia. There is a plethora of books out there for dads, but my absolute favourites are below. Each and every one of the books below would make a perfect Father’s Day gift!

All families are different:  some have a dad and some don’t; some have two dads; some have a dad that no longer lives with them; and some are grieving a dad. Whatever your family situation there is a book out there which reflects your family, and over the coming months I will be featuring books for all families! But today it’s all about dads!

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‘Kisses for Daddy’ written by Frances Watts. Illustrated by David Legge. Published by Little Hare Books, an imprint of Hardie Grant Books.

Virtually every single night in our house you’ll hear The Wild Thing (two years old) reciting a line from this book in a sing songy voice, ‘NO! No kisses for daddy!’, and then giggling hysterically. I could recite the entire book for you I’ve read it that many times. I have adored the work of illustrator David Legge for many years now, probably starting with ‘Bamboozled’ which I poured over for months on end when mum purchased it for one of my siblings. The David Legge/Frances Watts pairing is a match made in book heaven. Another of their books, ‘Parsely Rabbit’s Book about Books’ is one of my all-time favourite books; you can read about it here. One day I am going to own a piece of his artwork – I mean seriously…look at this cover!


‘What’s Dad Doing?’ written by Susan Hall. Illustrated by Cheryl Westenberg. Published by National Library of Australia.

This is the book The Chief Book Reader is getting for Father’s Day this year. Did you know that ringtail possum dad help the possum mum take care of the baby? Pat the possum and Wesley Wombat trek around the house and garden finding out what’s Pat’s dad is doing – and it’s most often dishes, cooking and washing. Love it! ‘What’s Dad Doing?’ shows young readers, via lift-the-flaps, how possum families live, from their nocturnal habits to their favourite bush tucker. I love a book for young children which combines fact and fiction and the National Library of Australia are producing some great books in this style using images from the NLA collections – a fabulous way to showcase the collection to a huge audience!


‘I Love my Dad’ written and illustraed by Anna Walker. Published by Scholastic Australia.

What can I say? It’s Anna Walker; the woman can do no wrong. Most households will have an Ollie book or three or five and this one is just perfect for Father’s Day. You can also purchase it as an app here; it’s just a little bit gorgeous. I’m following the Snappyant apps with interest as all they have done so far are brilliant; their apps add to the experience of reading a children’s book, they don’t replace the book.  The add for the app is below. The ‘My Mum’s the Best’ app by Snappyant is The Wild Things favourite – you should see her twirling like that hippo mum – it’s quite a sight. Balance out the genders and download both – mum and dad!


‘My Dad Thinks he’s Funny’ and ‘My Dad Still Thinks he’s Funny’ written by Katrina Germein. Illustrated by Tom Jellett. Published by Walker Books.

Bestselling author Katrina Germein has two fabulous ‘dad’ books. ‘My Dad Thinks he’s Funny’ is possibly in every house already (it should be!), but the sequel, ‘My Dad Still Thinks he’s Funny’ is newly published and is as laugh out loud funny as the first. Both combine super funny dad jokes and one liners with brilliant illustrations by Tom Jellett. Highly recommended for adults and children – love a book that is written on two levels!



‘My Dad’ by Anthony Browne. Published by Macmillan.

What’s not to love about an Anthony Browne book? Okay some are kind of dark – but they are always brilliant and stay with you long after you’ve finished reading them. This one is funny and touching and an utterly lovely tribute to the relationship between a father and his son. Perfect for young boys to give to their much loved dad this Father’s Day.


‘My Dad’s the Coolest’ written by Rosie Smith. Illustrated by Bruce Whatley. Published by Scholastic.

Beautifully illustrated with delightful animals, My Dad’s the Coolest captures the fun-loving bond between father and child – from a feathery tickle and playing in the mud, to dancing with the coolest polar bear. Whether big or small, feathered or furry, dads always know how to make us laugh! This book is just delightful, as is the companion title ‘My Mum’s the Best’. Love them both to bits.



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  1. David Legge on Aug 27, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Dear Megan,

    Thank you so much for all your kind words! Seeing this has made my day. Please say a BIG hello to ‘The Wild Thing’ for me. David x

  2. Cathy on Aug 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Wonderful ❤

  3. Charlie Sedanayasa on Aug 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Happy happy fathers day to all the dads out there!!

  4. Nadette on Aug 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks 🙂 this is a great list. I will be adding some more to our wish list. We have a collection of ‘daddy’ books which get pulled out when my hubby goes away for work, and they were a great way to talk about him everyday when he was deployed!

    • Anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      That’s a lovely thing to do Nadette!

  5. Mel Kroeger on Aug 27, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Beautiful Father’s Day books Megan! I didn’t realise that some of them existed… Love the title ‘My Dad Thinks He’s Funny’! I’m sure we could all relate to that!

    • Anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      ‘My Dad Thinks he’s Funny’ is so great Mel!

  6. Karen Wallace Freeman on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I was thinking I’d like the ‘ I love my dad’ as we have both the Frances Watts & Anthony Browne titles, but then I saw in your blog ‘my dad thinks he’s funny’ by Katrina Germein and I now will ref to track this down!!! Somewhere in the past 6.5 years my spunky Fred has morphed into a “dad joke” man? This book is a must for the girls this Sunday!
    Thanks yet again Megan 🙂

  7. Corena on Aug 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    What a wonderful list. You’ve captured some of our favourites – I Love My Dad & My Dad – plus the new one bought for this Fathers Day, My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny. You’ve now given me a list of more to buy. Thanks!

  8. Jacinta on Aug 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I love that there are so many books to celebrate the very special daddy’s in our lives. We started our collection of books with the father theme last year (our first Father’s Day) and plan to extend our collection this year; any excuse for a book! Thank you for helping out with our book shopping list. Happy Fathers Day!

  9. Sarah Monkley on Aug 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I’m guessing the next best thing to a pile of great books is a great list of great books 🙂 thank you! I always love your recommendations.

  10. Melissa on Aug 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Ollie and Fred are favourites in our house but ‘my dad thinks he’s funny’ sounds true for both my kids and MY Dad. Great choices Megan!!

  11. Kim on Aug 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Love these recommendation. Thanks!!!

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