The best books for every kind of dad

Dads come in all shapes and sizes with all sorts of likes and hobbies. With Father’s Day coming up, we compiled a list of eclectic and unique books that should suit every type of father there is. From new dads, sports-loving dads and outdoor enthusiasts to foodies, music lovers or car connoisseurs, consider one of these selections for the dads in your life this Father’s Day!

Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars by Gregory Zuckerman, Elijah Zuckerman and Gabriel Zuckerman

This inspirational book showcases stories of persistence and success by some of the best-known athletes in the world who have overcome great obstacles. Features include stories about Tim Howard, Stephen Curry, Jim Abbott and more great players of our time. These 11 athlete’s stories will inspire, encourage and entertain your sports-loving dad.

Classic Car: The Definitive Visual History by DK

If the dad in your life is a car connoisseur, he’ll appreciate this visual guide to classic cars. Classic Car: The Definitive Visual History showcases more than 1,300 photographs of some of the best-loved cars from the 1940s to the 1980s, and also shares profiles of some of the best car manufacturers and designers.

Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds by Rachel Levin

This humorous take on surviving all things camping is a must-have for the outdoorsman in your life. Expert tips, animal facts and true tales about camping will entertain and inform. Never fear that unexpected grizzly bear again while out in the woods!

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker, M.D.

Fathers are an integral part of raising strong and confident women. Author and doctor Meg Meeker shares 10 secrets to create the life-long bonds a daughter needs with her father. Topics including self-respect, drugs, alcohol and sex to communication strategies and creating ground rules. This is a great read for dads looking to build stronger relationships with their daughters.

Man Food: Good Food for a Good Time by Billy Law

What dad doesn’t love a great meal? In Man Food, Billy Law shares recipes and dishes that will please all the dads in your life. From burgers, wings, roasts, and even lobster mac-n-cheese, this book will satiate the hunger of any man. It’s dude food exemplified!

The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life by Benjamin Watson

New dads need a playbook for parenting too, and we’ve found one that will take their parenting game to a whole new level. The New Dad’s Playbook helps dads become better partners and parents, and explains what their moms-to-be are going through so they can be supportive. It takes a team to raise a baby, and this book shares all the important rules to new fatherhood.

1000 Record Covers by Michael Ochs

Do you have a dad who still likes to get out the vinyl? Then he’ll love 1000 Record Covers which showcases some of the best album covers from the ‘60s through the ‘90s. Both artistic and nostalgic, the musically-inclined dads in your life with love this one.

Pet Dad by Elanna Allen

This new children’s book from Elanna Allen is perfect for new fathers or dads with young children. Plum wants a pet but her father doesn’t want animals in the house so Plum decides to treat her father as a pet instead. Trying to train her dad to sit on command is difficult but Plum is determined to teach him new things. This heartwarming book takes a new twist on a father-daughter relationship, full of laugh out loud moments and sweet illustrations.

Stephanie Elliot

Stephanie Elliot writes for a variety of websites and magazines on topics such as parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. She is an editor and book reviewer. Stephanie is also the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their three children. For more info, visit

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