The best books for every kind of dad

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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!


For the dad who loves to laugh:

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

From comedian and father of five, Jim Gaffigan, Dad is Fat is a sharp and humorous autobiography that relates to large families. If your dad is the father of a large family and/or loves to laugh out loud, Dad is Fat is a perfect choice.


For the dad who loves classics:

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

For the true outdoorsman dad, The Call of the Wild is a classic written about surviving in Alaska and chasing the American dream. Jack London portrays the banality of human nature and the relation to survival of the fittest.


For the dad who loves to entertain:

Life is a Party by David Burtka

Husband to Neil Patrick Harris and father of two kids, David Burtka shares tips and recipes that are perfect for any event. This is the perfect gift for any dad who loves to entertain.


For the DIY dad:

Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage

For the handyman dad in your life, Adam Savage of Mythbusters shares his techniques, tools and materials for handiwork, as well as his own stories and experiences in building a variety of contraptions. Every Tool’s a Hammer is a unique read brimming with construction hacks.


For the know-it-all dad:

The Smartest Book in the World by Greg Proops

If your dad is the intellectual type, this book might be the match for him. The Smartest Book in the World is a reference guide to all things essential, whether it be historically important names or baseball. Written by Greg Proops of Who’s Line is it Anyway, this book combines humor and knowledge to create a useful source for any dad.


For the motivational dad:

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.


For the dad who loves cars:

Classic Car: The Definitive Visual History

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.


For the dad who loves the great outdoors:

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!


For the girl dad:

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.


For the grillmaster dad:

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!


For the new dad:

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.


For the music-loving dad:

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.

She Reads Editors

The She Reads Editors are always scouting the best books for all your #TBR piles. We’re offering up our favorite books, from classics to debuts, bestselling to the next big thing. Read along with us on social, too!

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