In honor of Father’s Day, pick up a good book that celebrates dad and share it as a family. You might even want to delve into this amazing journey a little deeper by exploring what makes fatherhood such an incredible, and sometimes, humorously challenging journey. Or maybe this would be a great day to be inspired by other fathers or perhaps gain a few pearls of wisdom to help you better navigate this mysterious path. Even if you’re indulging just for fun. No matter your reason, there are plenty of books that celebrate the fabulous journey of fatherhood.
Here are six that you should definitely read:
Daditude by Chris Erskine. Every week nationally syndicated columnist Erskine highlights the absurdities of suburban fatherhood. Life is never peaceful with four kids, 300-pound beagle, chronically leaky roof, and long-suffering wife, Posh. And that’s exactly the way he likes it, except when he doesn’t. And now, he’s gathered the very best of these witty and wise essays in a book that sizzles with humor and honesty that dads everywhere will relate to.
From Fatherless to Fatherhood by Omar Epps. Who doesn’t love a story of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Author and world renowned actor Omar Epps chronicles his journey from humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, to the bright lights of Hollywood. Having grown up without his biological father, then becoming a father himself, Epps shares his story of pain and triumph in a uniquely visceral way. It’s an intimate, unapologetic, and emotional conversation about childhood, manhood, and parenting.
Man Vs. Child: One Dad’s Guide to the Weirdness of Parenting by Doug Moe. Author and Upright Citizens Brigade performer, Doug Moe addresses parenting challenges from the other half of the equation—fatherhood. With an honest and uplifting approach, he uses wit, personal stories and hard-won lessons to help first-time dads navigate this journey.
Made for Me by Zach Bush and illustrated by Gregorio De Lauretis. From a child’s first uttered “Dada” to his or her first unsteady steps, nothing can adequately convey the joy and awe of watching the birth and growth of a new child. This is an adorable picture book that captures the heart and soul with story and pictures. Now releasing as a board book filled with adorable illustrations and the refrain, “You are the one made just for me,” Made for Me is a winning presentation of tender moments that tie a father and his new child together–forever.
Father for Life: A Journey of Joy, Challenge, and Change by Armin A. Brott. This book showcases the stages of fatherhood with the same thoroughness, accessibility, and humor that have made Brott’s critically acclaimed New Father series of books the most popular fatherhood guides in the country. He offers a wealth of information and practical tips, incorporating the wisdom of experts, studies about parental development, and his own extensive interviews with hundreds of fathers.
Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time by Tom Limbert. Empowering fathers to be the best leaders, role models, and life coaches is what Limbert sets out to do in Dad’s Playbook. After all, dads do what the best coaches do—they motivate, mentor, discipline, and love. Author and parenting expert Tom Limbert takes wisdom from John Madden, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda, Phil Jackson, and many more, and applies it to fatherhood.
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