Read-Alouds about Rad Dads

Read aloud these sweet and sentimental stories to celebrate your favorite dad, granddad, or father figure.

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by spending quality time together? Read-alouds not only give us the gift of being present and making memories together but open up our households to important discussions. Snuggle up with a collection of heartwarming read-alouds about dads from all walks of life.

Together, you and your little learner will explore themes of unconditional love, acceptance, and parenthood – and may even see your special bond portrayed in these books!

6 Read-Alouds about Dads for Father’s Day

1. Made for Me by Zach Bush

Recounting each heart-touching moment of early parenthood, Made for Me explores the bond fathers build with their babies. This warm soundscape is sure to bring parents back to all the wonderful firsts.

2. My Dad is Amazing by Sabrina Moyle

How amazing is your dad? Sweeter than a pile of pancakes? Cooler than a million popsicles? In hilarious sound effects and hyperbole, you can find exactly the right words to describe how awesome your pop can be.

3. Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

This classic Caldecott medalist shares the journey author and illustrator Allen Say’s grandfather took from Japan to North America. A compelling and enduring biography of immigration, exploration, and family, Say’s story reminds us to honor those that came before us.

4. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBrantney

Guess how much I love you? Little Nutbrown Hare asks Big Nutbrown Hare again and again throughout this ear-resistibly sweet story. For fans of The Runaway Bunny, the little rabbit in this tale shows his father his love is as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop – and then some.

5. My Dad Used to Be Cool by Keith Negley

Reflecting on his father’s past of tattoos, playing in a band, and riding a motorcycle, a boy wonders why his father left his exciting pursuits behind. For all the parents who have left “cool” behind for the joys of parenthood, this one is for you.

6. My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuard

A father’s fear for how others might react to his son transforms into a story about courage, self-acceptance, and growth. When everyone expects your shadow to be blue, but you’re pink through and through, it can be difficult to accept that different is best. But with Dad on your side, it’s easier to stand tall and shine.

Check out our free activities for My Shadow is Pink! 

Visit the Novel Effect app to access our Rad Dads collection for even more recommended titles for your Father’s Day celebrations!

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