Children's Books for Father's Day

By The Children's Bookshop

Children's Books for Father's Day

By The Children's Bookshop

'I am sure the secrets of childcare, dark and mysterious though they no doubt are, are not impenetrable.' 

Charles, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell


We have put together this list of all of our favourite dads in children's fiction. From classics to contemporary stories, there is a dad here for all. In celebration of brilliant dads everywhere, just in time for Father's Day!

Time Travelling with a Hamster

Ross Welford

£7.99 £7.59

Al Chaudhury is desperate to bring his dad back but it isn’t going to be easy. First he must figure how to use his dad’s time travel machine and go back 1984. Filled with love, adventure, and a really great dad.

Dear Scarlett

Fleur Hitchcock

£6.99 £6.64

Scarlett has grown up thinking of her dad as a burglar and a criminal – but when a mysterious box arrives, she finds herself solving clues and learning more about her father than she ever dreamed.

My Dad

Susan Quinn and Marina Ruiz

£7.99 £7.59

A simple celebration of everything fathers do, from the cooking, shopping, gardening, and all the ways they make this exciting!

Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow: The most joyful book you'll read this year!

Benjamin Dean and Sandhya Prabhat

£7.99 £7.59

Archie is determined to fix his family -- and the answer lies at the end of the rainbow. Heartfelt and life-affirming.

The Way to Treasure Island

Lizzy Stewart


Matilda and her dad are opposites, but they always have fun together. When they set sail for treasure island, who will find the treasure first? Delightfully expressive illustrations from the award-winning Lizzy Stewart.

Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon

Sally Gardner

£7.99 £7.59

Betsy Glory lives a splendid life. Her mother is a mermaid and lives in the ocean. She goes on frequent adventures with Mr Tiger. And she comes home to where she lives with her father, above their cafe. Alphonso Glory, with his ice creams and cakes and inventions, is a wonderful source of safety through the whimsical capers.

Fortunately, the Milk . . .

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

£7.99 £7.59

Dad's in charge and there's no milk, so Dad goes to buy some. But along the way he's waylaid by aliens, intergalactic police, and pirates! Probably. The perfect readaloud novel to share at bedtime.

My Dad Used to Be So Cool

Keith Negley

£7.99 £7.59

A playful picture book about a boy imagining all the cool things his dad used to do -- one for nostalgic adults as well as curious children!

Luna Loves Library Day

Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers

£7.99 £7.59

Luna loves settling down and reading with her dad. We love this because it has a book inside a book -- and celebrates the power of storytelling. Warm and whimsical illustrations.

My Dad

Anthony Browne

£6.99 £6.64

A classic picture book in celebration of dads everywhere -- and with illustrations that are bursting with unusual details. Filled with love.

Tom's Magnificent Machines

Linda Sarah and Ben Mantle

£7.99 £7.59

Tom and his dad overcome difficulty by creating a wondrous museum of vehicular inventions. A picture book to tug on the heartstrings and then make you soar.

Ethel & Ernest

Raymond Briggs

£12.99 £12.34

A heartfelt tribute by Raymond Brigg to his parents, in a graphic novel form. Milkman Ernest, with his unbridled optimism, staunchly leftish politics, and mischievous affection – is an intimate portrait of a truly loving father.

Echo Mountain

Lauren Wolk

£7.99 £7.59

Ellie is desperate for a cure for her father. While he remains unconscious she and her family struggle to look after themselves and they miss their strong protective Father more and more. Ellie is sure she can bring him back, but how? This loving family tale will stay with you for a long time.

High-Rise Mystery

Sharna Jackson

£7.99 £7.59

When their dad is accused of murder, Nik and Norva must conduct their own investigation and get answers their very own way!

Rooftoppers: 10th Anniversary Edition

Katherine Rundell

£7.99 £7.59

'I am sure the secrets of childcare, dark and mysterious though they no doubt are, are not impenetrable'. Thus begins Charles' guardianship of Sophie, who has come floating down the river in a cello case. Sophie's hunt for her mother may take over the rooftops of Paris, but Charles makes for a wonderful adoptive father throughout her journey, and he's with her through to the end.

Daddy Long Legs

Nadine Brun-Cosme and Aurelie Guillerey


What if Daddy’s car breaks down and he can’t collect Matty from nursery? Never fear! Daddy will make boats, cajole hares, and ride dragons to arrive in time! The reassuring tone is matched with quixotic illustrations and makes for a true comfort read.

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