Together We Ride by author Valerie Bolling and illustrator Kaylani Juanita

Reading Age: 3 – 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten:

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

A mother and baby watch from the window as dad and daughter go outside. Dad teaches her to ride a bike. She learns to try again when she falls. Dad is very supportive. Many verbs in this children’s rhyming picture book will expand vocabularies. The story ends on a sweet note with the family enjoying a bike ride together. Illustrations show the struggles and triumphs of this momentous occasion in a child’s life.

The Dressing-Up Dad by author Maudie Smith and illustrator Paul Howard

Publisher: Oxford Children’s Books

Publication Date: May 4, 2017

In this picture book, a son named Danny relishes dressing up in costumes with his dad. The father-son pair go many places in their community as rockets, sea creatures, wizards, superheroes to name a few. Danny notices that other dads do not dress-up. He wants his dad to be like them. Danny’s dad does not wear a costume at Danny’s birthday party. The children enjoy the party but want to be chased around by the man who wears the costumes. Danny realizes that he likes his dad in costume and the party fun begins! Illustrations are adorable and capture the close relationship between the two. Diverse characters are shown. A book about a father, a son and fun that can be read anytime of the year.

The Bench by author Meghan The Duchess of Sussex and illustrator Christian Robinson

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: June 8, 2021

A mother looks out her window and views a dad and young son near a bench in the yard. She tells her story in rhyme about experiences both males will share over time. The illustrator creates diverse dyads of fathers and sons throughout the book with a variety of benches to fit the scenes. Stability, comfort, rest, joy, victory and many other of life’s variations are shared in this beautifully written and illustrated picture book.

My Dad Is A Grizzly Bear by author Swapna Haddow and illustrator Dapo Adeola

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Date: April 29, 2021

A youngster discusses why his dad is a grizzly bear which includes dad’s eating and napping habits, rough fur, love of long walks, climbing and camping which all seem to bother the child until someone else in the family tops dad! This is a funny story and one to read all year as different seasons are seen in illustration settings. Illustrations will keep readers laughing and feeling good about the relationship between a father and son in this picture book.

I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Age Range: 3 years – 5 years

Publisher: World of Eric Carle

Publication Date: February 27, 2018

The Very Hungry Caterpillar journeys from one father child pair to another in this picture book. The audience learns why dads are loved. The words are sparse but well chosen. Only one to six words appear on two page spreads which makes this a great read for young audiences. Mr. Carle’s vivid collage designs on white background are eye-catching.

My Book Eyes remembers seeing Mr. Carle at a book signing at Barnes and Noble in New York City. He drew such a large and diverse crowd. The book signing line seemed never ending. He will be missed.

Daddy On Duty by Arnelle Collins

Publisher: Acollinsbooks

Publication Date: June 15, 2020

A hardworking dad is briefly in charge…or is he? Mom left a list of tasks to complete but do they get done her way or at all? The daughter, Arnellia, a private school student, has alternative plans. Can Arnellia persuade dad to do things her way? A comical read with a message about parenting styles. Adults will also find humor and wisdom in this picture book. For children reading independently, My Book Eyes recommends it for readers to 10 years of age however it can be read to all ages. Illustrations are clear and colorful.