One of the most beautiful titles God ever gives himself—along with Defender of Widows—is Father to the Fatherless. Isn’t that wonderful? And he loves us not because we do it right. Not because we do anything.
He loves us just because he loves us.
It’s the best news for each of us this Father’s Day.
As you celebrate Father’s Day, I thought you might like some books to help you along…
Ten Books to Celebrate Dads
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Popup Edition
When Big and Little Nutbrown Hare show off how much they love each other, don’t you wish you could watch them stretch out their arms, hop as high as they can, and tumble upside down with their feet in the air? Well, now you can! Beautifully designed flaps, tabs, and pop-ups respect the integrity of the original story and illustrations while adding a delightfully kinetic 3D element that is truly irresistible. Featuring a beautiful cover, this treasured tale is the ideal gift for anyone who loves someone more than they can measure.
HERE WE ARE by Oliver Jeffers
“Moments of human intimacy jostle with scenes that inspire cosmic awe, and the broad diversity of Jeffers’s candy-colored humans…underscores the twin messages that ‘You’re never alone on Earth’ and that we’re all in this together.”–Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE Collector’s Edition
The multiple award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible now comes alive with audio and animation! This beautifully crafted collector’s edition invites children to discover—through vibrant illustrations, read-along CDs, and the entire book animated on DVD—that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation … and at the center of their story, too. Narration by the one and only David Suchet!
GRANPA by John Burningham
Adorable Granpa gamely nurses his granddaughter’s dolls, eats her pretend strawberry-flavored ice cream, takes her tobogganing in the snow, and falls in step with her imaginary plans to captain a ship to Africa—like all good grandfathers should. Winner of the Kate Maschler Award, this poignant tale of friendship and loss is one children will long remember.
JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE
Little Red Squirrel tries to guess the reason that his daddy loves him—is it because he is a good High Climber, and Brave, and Fast, and Completely Handsome? Could it be because he’s so Friendly? Or maybe it’s because he’s so good at finding Top Secret Berries? The answer is a heartwarming testament to a parent’s love for a child.
GOLDFISH ON VACATION
KNUFFLE BUNNY by Mo Willems
Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind. Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy’s in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.
DADDY KISSES by Anne Gutman
What could be sweeter than adorable baby animals snuggling with their daddies? This simple board book with warm illustrations feature a variety of animals and celebrate the affection between fathers and children. Cuddles and kisses will surely abound when reading this aloud!
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
One of the best-loved stories of all time, a gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
LAY DOWN DADDY GAMES
Being a dad isn’t easy – between work, spending time with the kids, the gym that you clearly always go to, and keeping your wife happy, a guy can barely find the time to have a little lie-down now and again. Never fear. The following pages present what I like to think of as one of the most revolutionary advancements in fathering technology: the floor. You walk on it, you put furniture on it, you pay to keep the pipes underneath it running… but have you ever gone swimming in it? Climbed it? Fished in it? Of course you haven’t – and that’s why you’re missing out on a world of mutual enjoyment for you and your kids: one where they experience fun and games they’ve never seen… and daddy gets a precious few minutes of horizontal time. Use with caution; these may improve your life greatly. You’re welcome.
Happy Father’s Day!