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Fatherhood Fever: Seven Children's Books That Celebrate Doting Dads

We showcase seven superb kids-lit titles that celebrate father (and grandfather) figures!

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

In this sweet story, Jabari has to face his fears and make a giant splash! He's finished his swimming lessons and he's ready to jump off the diving board – but as the moment approaches, his fears kick in. Thankfully, Jabari's father is right by his son's side, displaying patience and encouragement – just what Jabari needs as he prepares to make his dive.


Daddy Do My Hair: Beth's Twists by Tola Okogwu

Beth and Daddy embark on a wonderful adventure, as Daddy undertakes the task of doing his daughter's hair. In this beautiful rhyming picture book, readers are taken on a unique hair adventure as they explore the special bond between father and daughter.


Dominic Grows Sweetcorn by Mandy Ross

Upon visiting his Grandpa, Dominic gets a lesson in how to grow sweetcorn – just like Grandpa used to grow it back in Jamaica. While they work, Grandpa shares tales with his young grandson about his life in Jamaica; how he met Dominic's Grandma; and what happened when they came to Britain. A delightful tale about the bond between a grandfather and his grandson.


Zeki Can Swim! by Anna McQuinn

It's an exciting day for Zeki – it's the day of his baby swimming class! Zeki's Dad will be taking him for a day of water fun, so it's on with Zeki's swim nappy and shorts, before father and son take to the pool and join Zeki's friends some splashing and singing fun!


My Daddy Does by Casey Elisha

In this sweet story, a young boy shares all the things he loves about his fantastic father. A truly touching tale, My Daddy Does celebrates the admiration young boys have for their fathers, and the special bond they share.


Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse

When a Masai father in Africa answers his son's questions, the boy learns that his father's love for him is unconditional. Oozing emotion and tenderness, this enduring story explores the wonderful relationship between a father and son.


My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads by Hope Anita Smith

Told through the voice of a child, this wonderful collection of poems celebrates everyday displays of fatherly love, from guitar lessons and wrestling matches, to bedtime stories and haircuts in the kitchen. A heartwarming set of poems that celebrate doting dads.

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