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Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ve got you covered when it comes to celebrating all the dads out there. Whether you want to give your dad a unique gift or send a book to a special dad in your life, this round-up has got it all. From funny to serious and everything in between, this list will lead you in the right direction.
Look Big by Rachel Levin
For the dad who loves to take camping trips, this backpack-friendly guide to the great outdoors is the perfect Father’s Day gift. This book was made for the man who would rather be outside exploring than inside reading the newspaper. Author Rachel Levin did extensive research on how to deal with unexpected large guests like bears, coyotes and moose, as well as smaller uninvited friends, such as skunks or bees. Additionally, she provides information on how to navigate wildlife with useful charts and fun photos along the way.
Being a Dad Is Weird by Ben Falcone
As the husband to comedienne and actor Melissa McCarthy, and resident funny man himself, Ben Falcone knows a thing or two about being a cool dad. On the outside, these two may seem like an extraordinary Hollywood couple, but inside the house, they’re just living the ordinary life of mom and dad. This hilarious collection of stories and adventures is both relatable and heartwarming. From stories about his childhood, along with the fear of turning into his own father, this realistic look at parenting is the perfect pick for any dad this Father’s Day.
The New Dad’s Playbook by Benjamin Watson
The New Dad’s Playbook is every man’s game plan to being the best partner and the best father, from pre-season (preparing for fatherhood) to Super Bowl (birth) to post-season (after baby is home). It helps men understand what their wives are going through physically and emotionally during and after pregnancy, allowing them to support their most important teammate. It tells men what to expect when their baby is home–and what to do when the unexpected happens. This tell-it-like-it-is book will take men from just winging it to winning it.
Shame Proof Parenting by Mercedes Samudio
How do you know if you’re doing this parenting thing right? When your preschooler throws a tantrum, when your tween receives a crushing text message from her friend, when your teenager starts to act out in rebellion, what do you do? You worry your reaction is just going to make everything worse and drive a wedge between you and your child. And then your mother will call to say, “I told you so.” With judgemental stares, off-hand comments, and outright intervention, our society shames parents, who are simply trying their best to raise children. In bearing that burden, parents pass the shame on to their own children. It’s time to stop shaming each other. As you find your own parenting voice in the pages of this book, let’s work together to #endparentshaming and to turn to each other for support in this difficult journey of raising beautiful, complicated children.
The Ultimate Dad Joke Book by Hugh Murmie
Who doesn’t love a good joke? For the man who has everything, The Ultimate Dad Joke Book will make the perfect present this Father’s Day. The best part about this book is that all the jokes are clean and family friendly, so you don’t have to worry about it ending up in the wrong hands at your family dinner. It also makes the ultimate coffee table book so anyone can pick it up and indulge in a laugh or two. With over 500 jokes, both old and new, there truly is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. You’ll be sure to keep your dad entertained well beyond the holiday with this one.
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant
Basketball legend, father of four, and hero to many, Kobe Bryant continues to remain a household name. Before his untimely passing, he penned this beautiful book about how to play the game with “The Mamba Mentality.” He felt that it was important to mentor others and teach them how to play “the right way” instead of just to win. He shares his strategies, approach and innermost thoughts in this incredibly illustrated tell-all. This bestseller is sure to inspire the reader to tap into their own unique talents while living each day to the fullest.
A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
What guy doesn’t love a good spy novel? This poignant World War II story will have the reader hooked from the start. Socialite Virginia Hall was the first Allied woman behind enemy lines—and also known as the most dangerous spy around. She was fearless in her missions and used her intelligence to create extensive spy networks all over France. She refused to give up and managed to be on the battlefield with an intensity that nobody could match. This incredible tale of one woman’s journey who was determined to help save the lives of others, even at the risk of her own, is a page-turner until the very end.
Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room by Melissa Cookston
For the guy who loves to grill, this Southern twist on barbeque will have him hooked. With a name like Cookston, Melissa was destined to design delicious delicacies and wanted to create this one-of-a-kind cookbook. Beyond just being a book full of recipes, she shares her stories from how she got started to where she is now. Whether you’re looking to make the most flavorful fish or pair your poultry with a tangy new sauce, Melissa has got you covered. From her award-winning recipes to her crowded restaurants, you can rest assured she knows a thing or two about making a tasty dish.
The Greatness of Dads by Kirsten Matthew
The Greatness of Dads is a collection of sentimental stories that are sure to be a hit for any and all dads this Father’s Day. Packed with inspiring photos, heartfelt quotes, and a variety of literary excerpts, this book is bursting at the seams with love. Included are the adventures of dads sharing precious moments with their families – from fun to not-so-fun and everything in between. Featuring famous fathers with their children and hometown heroes with their kids, this narrative flawlessly illustrates that special bond that dads share with their sons and daughters.
Dude Crafts by Mike Warren
For the man who doesn’t like to throw anything out, this pick will make the perfect Father’s Day gift. Dude Crafts will take the reader on an adventure showing how to turn trash into treasure with just a few simple instructions. Complete with photos and parts list, this do-it-yourself manual makes it easy to convert junk into art in no time. Whether you want to re-purpose an old book into an iPad cover or add an air horn to an old chair, this guidebook will get you there. So before taking that pile of trash to the dump, take a peek at what this text has to offer.
Hero: Being the Strong Father Your Children Need by Meg Meeker
Pediatrician Meg Meeker’s inspirational book is a great gift for any man that is navigating the challenges of fatherhood. Her philosophy is that all fathers are heroes and have to ability to be a superhero for their children. She touches on several different scenarios, including strained relationships, divorced dads, stepfathers and much more. Combining her education and experience with the NFL’s Fatherhood initiative, her motivational words will move any man to make changes toward becoming the best father he can be.
The Dad Law by Joel Willis & Ally Probst
We all know that there’s a list of unwritten rules, mysteriously created by the ghosts of dads past. Nobody seems to know when or where that secret meeting took place, but it’s very apparent that this tradition has been passed down from one fatherhood fraternity to another. For example, when a kid leaves a door open, the father must ask, “Were you born in a barn?” Or when a child says they’re hungry, the only appropriate response is for the dad to say, “Hi, Hungry, I’m Dad.” Finally, fathers across the world can rejoice in finding all the rules right here in one place.