With Father's Day just around the corner, we wanted to spend some time selecting children's books with positive father-figures in them.
Whether you'd like to celebrate the father figure in your child's life or you would like to give your child positive examples of male role models and positive father-child relationships, there's bound to be something in this list that will suit you.
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Here are five beautiful books with positive father figures.
LUNA LOVES LIBRARY DAY written by JOSEPH COELHO illustrated by FIONA LUMBERS
Finding a hobby that you and your child mutually enjoy has to be one of the best feelings in the world. For a lot of people, that hobby happens to be reading books together. This beautiful book celebrates the love Luna and her father share for reading and for each other, as well as gently exploring the topic of families, separation and divorce.
THE WAY TO TREASURE ISLAND by LIZZY STEWART
This is a fun read about a girl and her father who don't quite see eye to eye - while Matilda is fast, Dad is slow. When she is tidy, he is messy. When she's quiet, he is loud - you get the picture. When they set off on an adventure to find Treasure Island one day, Dad keeps getting distracted and Matilda is beginning to lose her patience. This is a great one for showing children that even though we can be different, we can still love each other and have fun together.
ASTRO GIRL by KEN WILSON-MAX
Astrid certainly dreams big - so big she wants to leave planet earth and become an astronaut! Most importantly, perhaps, she also has a loving and supportive father who believes she can do it, as well as whatever else she'd like to do. When Astrid's mum goes away, she and her dad think of all the things astronauts have to do while in space and begin practicing for when Astrid grows up and fulfils her dream. This is a great choice for young readers.
THE GARDEN OF HOPE written by ISABEL OTTER illustrated by KATIE REWSE
This is a beautiful, heartwarming tale about a little girl who, with the help of her dad, transform an overgrown, neglected garden into something beautiful, learning courage and purpose along the way. We absolutely love this one.
MY DAD USED TO BE SO COOL by KEITH NEGLEY
Lastly, this book is a fun, quirky read for fathers and their children who might be feeling a little less cool as they get older. When a new father looks back wistfully at the life he once had, he begins to realize he's not as cool before. But does all of that really matter when his son thinks he is the coolest person on earth?
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