If you’re looking for a great Father’s Day gift idea for your father, or any father in your life, check out the books in this list. Read them with your dad or give them to a new dad and you can be sure that you’re giving the best Father’s Day gift of the year.
Lamentations of the Father by Ian Frazier
Written by one of the wittiest writers of this generation, Lamentations of the Father is a collection of thirty-three essays about Fatherhood. Frazier’s previous books, Dating Your Mom (1985) and Coyote v. Acme (1996) established Frazier as a funny and engaging author that is sure to entertain literary dads and mad magazine lovers alike. With essays like “A Cursing Mommy Christmas”, “Come Back, Suckers!” and “How to Operate the Shower Curtain”, this book will be a Father’s Day gift your dad is sure to read over and over again.
Guide to Fatherhood by Dadlabs
The hilarious Guide to Fatherhood makes a great father’s day gift for new dads. For the particularly clueless, it includes information on “How to keep the baby alive until the wife gets home” and “Top-secret delivery room tips” like being sure to bring change for the vending machine. Written by other dads in a guy-friendly way, it is sure to both entertain and reassure the new dad in your life.
Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts Jr.
This Father’s Day, why not get your dad a book that you can read together? Before I Forget is a powerful novel about three generations of a family, bound not only by blood, but by love, fear and frustrations. The narrative focuses on the tumultuous and complicated relationship between the Main character Mo Johnson, a 50-something father hiding his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s and his teenage son Trey, an unwed father himself. The book follows them on their journey to re-connect with Mo’s father and Trey’s grandfather before he dies. Before I Forget has been called a major new voice in American fiction and is a must read for any father and son (or daughter).
Reading with Dad, Richard Jorgensen
If the Dad in your life is the father of a young child, Reading with Dad, will make a beautiful Father’s Day gift. Artfully illustrated and written, this book celebrates the love between a father and daughter and the central role that reading has played in their lives. It begins in the daughter’s childhood, when her father would read to her every night, and follows their relationship as the daughter grows and has children of her own. And at the book’s end, the daughter reminisces that the best times that she can remember are those spent reading with her father. Reading with Dad is a heart-touching book that the father in your life will cherish.
Be the Coolest Dad on the Block by Simon Rose and Steve Caplin
For the dad on your life that aspires to be a little cooler, this book makes the ideal Father’s Day gift. It’s style is entertaining, and the book is full of information, puzzles, factoids and games that are sure to entertain kids. It teaches dads how to build rope swings, identify wildlife and tell entertaining jokes and puzzling riddles. When he’s done reading it, dad will be equipped with all the tools that will keep his kids thinking that he’s a super hero for the rest of their lives.