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Father’s Day
What Dads Can't Do

What Dads Can’t Do

By: Douglas Wood
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Level: 8-9

There are lots of things that regular people can do but dads can’t.  Dads can’t cross the street without holding hands. They can push, but can’t swing.  When dads play hide-and-seek they always get found, but they have a hard time finding you.  Dads really need to be kissed good night at bedtime. It’s a wonder they make it through life at all!

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It's the Best Day Ever, Dad!

It’s the Best Day Ever, Dad!

By: Brooke Shields
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 8-9

Wake up, Dad! We’ve got a big day ahead!  Frankie and her little sister, Violet, are excited to be out and about with Dad! From pancakes to puppies to a super-duper surprise, the order of the day is F-U-N.

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I Love My Daddy

I Love My Daddy

By: Sebastien Braun
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

Sometimes daddies are loud and playful. Other times they are quiet and compassionate. And they are always loving. Sebastien Braun’s appealing text and charming illustrations follow a day in the life of a bear and his bear cub in this celebration of the bond between father and child.

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Biscuit Loves Father's Day

Biscuit Loves Father’s Day

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

Father’s Day is a great time to show Dad how much we love him. Unfold the big flaps and join Biscuit for fun times with Dad — exploring, playing, and sharing.

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The Perfect Father's Day

The Perfect Father’s Day

By: Eve Bunting
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Level: 0-5

“I’m taking you out for Father’s Day,” Susie tells Dad. “First we’ll go for lunch.” “Good,” Dad says. “May I drive?” “Certainly,” Susie says. She chooses the restaurant, and pretty soon Dad can see that she’s filled this special day with treats—treats for both of them! When they get back home, Mom’s final surprise (that isn’t really a surprise at all) is a perfect ending for the perfect day.

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Father's Day

Father’s Day

By: Anne Rockwell
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

What’s the perfectgift for Dad? In Mrs. Madoff’s class, it’s a book made just for him. First the kids think about their special moments with their fathers. Sam’s dad is so strong, he can carry Sam on his shoulders. Eveline’s dad sings to her when Maman has to work at night. Jessica writes about her father in Texas … and her stepfather at home. And when it’s time to celebrate at school, both of her fathers give Jessica the best surprise of all.

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The 10 Best Things About My Dad

The 10 Best Things About My Dad

By: Christine Loomis
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 8-9

There are lots of wonderful things about Dad, as told by a young narrator in this rhyming 8 x 8 paperback. The father plays games, gives hugs, teaches right from wrong, cheers on his child, goes for rides in the car, reads bedtime stories over and over, scares monsters away, listens to problems, and tells jokes.

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My Little Girl

My Little Girl

By: Tim McGraw
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Level: 8-9

Dad and his little girl, along with their very large bloodhound, set off on an ordinary day and turn it into a wonderful adventure. From dancing by a duck pond to swinging on a tire swing, lots of laughs and love are shared in time spent together. The day ends with a sweet “Goodnight, I love you” from Dad. And a whisper, “I love you more” from his little girl.  This book is a delightful reminder that spending time together really matters. Simple moments, laughter and knowing you are loved …

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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

By: Javaka Steptoe
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Level: 8-9

Fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor, and grace in this intergenerational collection of poetry by new and established African-American writers. The book testifies to the powerful bond between father and child, with a profound message to people everywhere that family is the greatest gift and that fathers are among the most influential heroes. Twelve outstanding poems come to life through the spirited artwork of Javaka Steptoe.

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Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day

By: Mercer Mayer
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and Little Critter and Little Sister have decided to plan a big surprise for Dad and Grandpa. Join them as they make cards, cook a special breakfast together, and put on a magic show. Lift the flaps and find out what Father’s Day surprises are in store!

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