Books for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 20!

June 14, 2021

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 20! We’ve gathered together a HUGE list of books celebrating dads! ?

Included in this list: fiction, non-fiction and humor, biography and memoir.


The daddy diaries

The Daddy Diaries

Joshua Braff

Jay and Jackie uproot their family from San Francisco after Jackie loses her job but finds a lucrative new one in St. Petersburg, Florida. Jay, a one-time copywriter and aspiring author, now plays househusband, caring for his troubled 13-year-old son and precocious daughter as they adjust to their new life. As his children begin to assert their independence, Jay realizes that the challenges of child rearing are only going to grow more difficult in the teen years. Through a series of misadventures and run-ins with his narcissistic older brother, his lunatic childhood friend, and his increasingly estranged but beloved son, Jay learns that he must tap his own vulnerabilities if he is to be the rock of stability his family so desperately needs.

Daddy's girls

Daddy’s Girls

Danielle Steel

Inheriting a California ranch upon their single father’s sudden death, three sisters evaluate their very different childhoods while uncovering paradigm-shifting secrets about their father’s identity that strengthen their bond with each other.

Father's day

Father’s Day

Simon Van Booy

Weaves together the story of Harvey’s childhood with her Uncle Jason, a disabled felon who took her in after her parents died, and as a young woman in Paris as she awaits his arrival for a Father’s Day visit.

Father's Day murder

Father’s Day Murder

Leslie Meier

Leaving Tinker’s Cove to attend a conference in Boston, Lucy Stone’s thoughts are focused on being away from her family on Father’s Day, but the murder of newspaper magnate Luther Read turns her thoughts to Luther’s children as possible suspects.

Last night in twisted river

Last Night in Twisted River

John Irving

In a story spanning five decades, a twelve-year-old boy in New Hampshire mistakes the constable’s girlfriend for a bear, leading to an unfortunate accident that forces the boy and his father to become fugitives pursued by the constable.

One last thing before I go

One Last Thing Before I Go

Jonathan Tropper

Struggling with his ex-wife’s imminent marriage to a nice guy and his Princeton-bound daughter’s unplanned pregnancy, a bewildered Drew Silver tackles difficult family dynamics and refuses to undergo a life-saving operation.

Raising the dad

Raising the Dad

Tom Matthews

Navigating the challenges of a stale marriage, a hostile teen daughter, his washed-up heavy-metal singer brother’s recent prison release and his mother’s progressive dementia, an overwhelmed family man stumbles on an incredible secret that changes his relationships in dramatic and profound ways.

The road

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.



Paul Harding

On his deathbed, surrounded by his family, George Washington Crosby’s thoughts drift back to his childhood and the father who abandoned him when he was twelve.

The twelve lives of Samuel Hawley

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Hannah Tinti

A once-professional killer protects his daughter from the legacy of his criminal past, an effort that is challenged by his daughter’s struggles with the death of her mother and the reckoning of old enemies


Non-Fiction And Humor

All pro dad

All Pro Dad
Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids

Mark Merrill

All Pro Dad lays out a game plan built on seven essential fathering truths and ultra-practical insights for the questions every dad needs answered. Like football, fatherhood is about winning. But it’s more than just scoring points. It’s about winning the hearts and minds of your children and leaving a rich legacy of love for future generations.

The awkward thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian

W. Kamau Bell

A memoir and manifesto by the comedian, podcast host, and star of “United Shades of America” shares progressive views on issues ranging from race relations and law enforcement to right-wing politics and parenthood.


A Sports-Obsessed Memoir of Fatherhood

Josh Wilker

A sportswriter humorously compares his experiences as a first time father to famous sports collapses, simultaneously creating an A-to-Z reference of sports failures and a guide to newly-minted fatherhood.

Chicken soup for the father's soul

Chicken Soup for the Father’s Soul
Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Fathers

Jack Canfield

Presents a collection of stories, anecdotes, reminiscences, and observations about the triumphs and trials of fatherhood.

Dad is fat

Dad is Fat

Jim Gaffigan

The popular comedian and actor shares his misadventures as an unlikely father of five, presenting full-length accounts of the experiences referenced in his popular tweets, from his formative years in a large Irish-Catholic family, to his middle-of-the-night diaper-changing foibles, to his struggles to lull tyrannical tots to sleep.

Does this baby make me look straight?

Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?
Confessions of a Gay Dad

Dan Bucatinsky

The co-star of Web Therapy recounts many of the uproarious parenting adventures he has shared with his partner, discussing such topics as the loss of his own father, potty-training antics and the ways in which becoming a parent has impacted every aspect of his life.


Rising to the Ultimate Challenge

Etan Thomas

An NBA player for the Atlanta Hawks who serves as an advocate for President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative draws upon other luminaries from the worlds of sports, performing arts, politics and faith leaders to discuss the importance of being a father.

Father's day

Father’s Day

Matthew Zapruder

The poems in Matthew Zapruder’s fifth collection ask, how can one be a good father, partner, and citizen in the early twenty-first century?

The geek dad book for aspiring mad scientists

The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists
The Coolest Experiments and Projects for Science Fairs and Family Fun

Ken Denmead

Provides a collection of ideas for science fair projects and family activities, including making topsoil, understanding calories, and building a MacGyver radio.

Good talk, dad

Good Talk, Dad
The Birds and the Bees… and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have

Bill Geist, Willie Geist

The popular father and son television hosts exchange entertaining and humorous banter about their lives, touching upon topics like music, sports, summer camp and driving lessons and discuss the parenting legacy they will leave their families.

Handy dad

Handy Dad
25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids

Todd Davis

In this super fun book, Todd Davis, star of HGTV’s “Design Star”, offers up 25 awesome projects for dads to build with their kids. Skate ramps, zip lines, go-carts, and more!

Lamentations of the father

Lamentations of the Father

Ian Frazier

A companion to previous humor collections including Dating Your Mom and Coyote v. Acme contains thirty-three works written during the past thirteen years, in a volume by the Thurber Prize-winning author of Great Plains.

Maker dad

Maker Dad
Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter Diy Projects

Mark Frauenfelder

Presents crafts and gadgets that fathers can build with their daughters, from an ice cream sandwich necklace to an arcade-style video game.


Fatherhood in Pieces

Michael Chabon

Essays inspired by Chabon’s interactions with his four children and his own father illuminate the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood.

Raising men

Raising Men
Lessons Navy Seals Learned From Their Training and Taught to Their Sons

Eric Davis

Draws on the stories and lessons from former U.S. Navy SEALs on fatherhood, discussing how to use the spirit of adventure to forge connections and raise strong, moral gentlemen.

Sh*t my dad says

Sh*T My Dad Says

Justin Halpern

Tuesdays with Morrie meets F My Life in this hilarious coming-of-age book about a son’s relationship with his foul-mouthed father by the 29-year-old comedy writer who created the massively popular Twitter feed of the same name.

Things my son needs to know about the world

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World

Fredrik Backman

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove shares an irresistible and moving collection of heartfelt, humorous essays about fatherhood, providing his newborn son with the perspective and tools he’ll need to make his way in the world.

Your dad stole my rake and other family dilemmas

Your Dad Stole My Rake and Other Family Dilemmas

Tom Papa

Stand-up comedian and family man Tom Papa explores how we deal with our inescapable relatives and their bizarre behavior. A warm, hilarious book that saws deep into every branch of the family tree and uncovers the most hysterical and surprisingly meaningful aspects of our lives.


Biography And Memoir

Big Russ and me

Big Russ and Me
Father and Son: Lessons of Life

Tim Russert

The author offers a memoir of life with his father, a proud World War II veteran, describing growing up in 1950s Buffalo, the influence of his Catholic upbringing, and the importance of hard work, responsibility, and patriotism.

Dad's maybe book

Dad’s Maybe Book

Tim O’Brien

The best-selling author of The Things They Carried shares wisdom from a life in letters; lessons learned in wartime; and the challenges, humor and rewards of raising two sons.

Dreams from my father

Dreams From My Father
A Story of Race and Inheritance

Barack Obama

The son of an African father and white American mother discusses his childhood in Hawaii, his struggle to find his identity as an African American, and his life accomplishments.

Father's day

Father’s Day
A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son

Buzz Bissinger

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Night Lights recounts a father-son road trip during which he gained insights into the worldviews, challenges and talents of his socially challenged savant son, Zach

A good man

A Good Man
Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver

Mark K. Shriver

In an intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, the author discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father–the man who founded the Peace Corps and designed President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty–and applies them to his own life.

Hockey dad

Hockey Dad
True Confessions of a (Crazy?) Hockey Parent

Bob McKenzie

A revealing look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of minor hockey culture Known as TSN’s “Hockey Insider,” Canada’s Bob McKenzie is synonymous with the sport and one of its most respected analysts. In Hockey Dad, McKenzie describes firsthand the joys and heartbreak of raising two sons, with entirely diverging athletic futures.

Let her fly

Let Her Fly
A Father’s Journey

Ziauddin Yousafzai

The father of Malala Yousafzai traces his journey from an unconfident, stammering little boy living in a mud hut in Pakistan to a man who has broken with tradition and proven there are many faces of feminism.

Manhood for amateurs

Manhood for Amateurs
The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

Michael Chabon

The author questions what it means to be a man today in a series of interlinked autobiographical reflections, regrets, and reexaminations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past.

Miracle in Shreveport

Miracle in Shreveport
A Memoir of Baseball, Fatherhood, and the Stadium That Launched a Dream

David Benham, Jason Benham

Two twin brothers recount the large influence that local minor-league baseball had on their childhood in Shreveport, Louisiana.

My father left me Ireland

My Father Left Me Ireland
An American Son’s Search for Home

Michael Brendan Dougherty

The senior editor at National Review and son of an absent Irishman describes his urge for a sense of cultural belonging after his daughter was born and chronicles his quest to study Gaelic and bury himself in Irish history.

My year of running dangerously

My Year of Running Dangerously
A Dad, a Daughter, and a Ridiculous Plan

Tom Foreman

The author recounts his journey from a half-hearted couch potato to an ultra-marathon runner at the side of his teenaged daughter, describing his training and participation in ambitious races and how his effort strengthened family bonds.

The new one

The New One
Painfully True Stories From a Reluctant Dad

Mike Birbiglia

With humorous parenting observations, a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.

The voluntourist

The Voluntourist
A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem

Ken Budd

After the sudden death of his father, the author, the executive editor of AARP The Magazine, embarks on a journey of voluntourism, part do-gooder manifesto, part personal journey, around the world where he decides to make a difference and live a life that matters.

Why my wife thinks I'm an idiot

Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot
The Life and Times of a Sportscaster Dad

Mike Greenberg

A humorous collection of journal entries recounts the everyday adventures and misadventures of one of America’ most popular sportscasters, sharing his thoughts on such topics as marriage, fatherhood, manhood, and the significance of sports.

The wine lover's daughter

The Wine Lover’s Daughter
A Memoir

Anne Fadiman

An award-winning author and essayist delves into her relationship with her father, a wine lover, by tracing his infatuation with the potent potable, from a glass he drank in Paris in 1927 to the one he had on his 80th birthday.