Daddy Books For Baby

I’m the proud dad of a one-year-old girl and boy. I love reading to them, but it can be tough to find books that are actually about dads. Luckily, there are some great options out there!


  • Dada: This book is a classic and it’s no wonder why. It’s a fun, rhyming story about a baby who likes to watch his dad dance in the mirror. It also introduces the idea of different animals and colors so it’s great for teaching your little one about the world around them!
  • Dada Book: In this book, you get to see your baby’s face as he explores all of these things with you! As you read through the pages together, he will learn more about what makes him unique while also learning how much love he can give back to his family and friends too!

Goodnight, Daddy! (Tadpoles)

Tadpoles is the classic bedtime book. Toby, a young boy, tries to get his dad to stay awake so they can play one last game before lights out. But Dad is tired and wants to go to sleep!

Eventually, after some back-and-forth arguing and negotiating, Toby convinces his dad that it’s okay for him (Dad) to go downstairs for a few minutes after tucking in Toby’s little brother. Dad has some milk and cookies there—and then returns upstairs just in time for bedtime prayers together with all three children.

This book has been around since the 1940s (originally published as Goodnight Moon). It was written by Margaret Wise Brown, who also wrote The Runaway Bunny (another favorite of mine).

One Dad Two Dads Brown Dad Blue Dads

One Dad Two Dads Brown Dad Blue Dads is a book about a family with two dads. The story is about a boy and his two dads, who are married to each other. When they meet, they fall in love, get married and have kids together. In the book, the boy’s parents are different from him because one of them wears brown clothes and the other wears blue clothes (like most dads). But despite their differences—and because of them—their family works!

The Daddy Book

This book is a collection of poems, short stories, illustrations and quotes. It’s also a place where you can write your own thoughts and share them with your child.

The Daddy Book is divided into sections that cover all aspects of being a father: the joys, worries and everything in between. Each section has questions to answer so those difficult topics are easy to tackle together.

I Am a Big Brother

I Am a Big Brother is a great choice for your older child who has just learned that they will be getting a new sibling. The book goes through the process of how babies are born, and how big sisters and brothers can help their mommy and daddy prepare for the new baby’s arrival. If you’re looking for something upbeat, this book is perfect!

I Am A Big Brother tells the story of two siblings named Sarah and Adam (ages 5 & 7). They are both excited about becoming big sister and brother when their parents decide to have another baby. In fact, Sarah even offers her brother some advice on what he should expect from being an older sibling: “It’ll be fun!” She also reminds him not to let his other little brother or sister cry too much because he might get cranky himself!

If your child already knows about this exciting news then this book will be perfect for them as well! This book teaches children about what it means to be part of a family unit where there are different ages represented by its members – just like when there’s an older sibling in the mix too 🙂

Daddy Kisses

This book is about a dad who loves his daughter. The story is fun and funny, and the illustrations are cute. It will make you feel good to read it! You can read this book over and over again because it’s so good. This is a book that will help your child understand what love means from a father’s point of view.

A Busy Day for Stegosaurus (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

  • For kids ages 3-5 years old.
  • This book is about a busy day for Stegosaurus as he goes on an adventure around town to do some errands and pick up supplies. He stops in a library, a grocery store, the post office, and even a bakery before heading home again.
  • This book is great because it teaches kids about how to interact with others in public places while also teaching them vocabulary they might not be familiar with otherwise! It’s ideal if you want to introduce your child (or yourself) to some new words or concepts such as “checkout” or “bakery.”

A Day in the Life of Mommy

If you’re looking for a book that’s fun and interactive, this one is for you. It’s about a day in the life of a mommy and it’s perfect for introducing children to the concept of time. The pictures are colorful and interesting, there’s something new on every page—and best of all, there are many opportunities to talk about what happens during your baby’s day.

Sleep Tight Farm – Night Night on the Farm (Sleepytime Rhymes)

Night Night on the Farm is a goodnight story for babies, with a fun twist: there are farm animals that go to sleep! In this book, you’ll find all sorts of animals snuggling up and getting ready to call it a day. With charming illustrations and a pleasant rhyming text, your baby will love this bedtime book!

Sleepytime Rhymes is an excellent title by Margaret Wise Brown (author of Goodnight Moon) which contains 23 short poems about various things going to bed. For example, in “Goodnight Stars,” she writes: “The stars are out tonight/And so am I!” It’s perfect for babies who love hearing rhymes as well as older children who enjoy reading them aloud.

My Dad Is Amazing! (Cool Dads Book 5)

This book is about the day of a father.

This book is about the things that happen in a day for fathers.

This book tells you about how to be a good dad, or what makes a good dad.

It also shows you what it’s like to be a dad and how fun being one can be!

daddy books for baby

Daddy books are a great way to show your baby that you love them and want them to be happy. You can read together, or simply let the child listen as you read on your own. It’s important to remember that every book is different, so make sure not to confuse your little one by reading a story about how babies should sleep with their mommies on a full moon night when you’re trying to get them into bed early so they’ll be well-rested for school tomorrow morning!

The following list will help narrow down your choices:


These are some of the best daddy books for baby, we hope you found one that suits your needs. If not, don’t worry there are lots more out there!

Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity

Whether you’re looking for stories with characters your child can easily relate to or ones that encourage your kids to empathize with those who are different, we’ve put together a list of some of the top children’s books that feature characters of all different ethnicities, races, religions and gender identities.

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The Colors of Us

One of the best children’s books about diversity, The Colors of Us is about a little girl named Lena who wants to paint a self-portrait using brown paint for her skin. When Lena and her mom take a walk through their neighborhood, she notices that there are many different shades of brown skin, and she begins to see her familiar world in a new way. The author wrote the book for her daughter, Lena, who she and her husband adopted from Guatemala.

For ages: 4 to 8
Buy it: The Colors of Us by Karen Katz, $8,

Image: Courtesy Chicago Children’s Museum

The Skin You Live In

Another great pick for children’s books about race is The Skin You Live In, written specifically for little kids. A rhyming book that celebrates all different skin colors—from “butterscotch gold” to “cookie dough rolled”—it makes a point to reinforce the message that the person within is what matters, not how someone looks on the outside. An ideal read-aloud book, the illustrations are brightly colored and absolutely charming and will keep your little reader engaged ‘til the end.

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For ages: 4 to 6
Buy it: The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler, $16,

It’s Okay to Be Different

If you’re searching for children’s books about diversity for toddlers, this is a must-have. Author Todd Parr always fills his books with whimsical characters, and It’s Okay to Be Different is no exception. Featuring lots of characters with different traits, including braces, glasses, funny noses and wheelchairs, this book celebrates the things that make everyone unique. Kids will get a kick out of the bright colors and silly illustrations while simultaneously learning to celebrate themselves for who they are.

For ages: 3 to 6
Buy it: It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr, $9,

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Mommy, Mama, and Me; Daddy, Papa, and Me

“Traditional” families feature heavily in children’s literature, but if you’re looking for the best children’s books with same-sex parents, Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy, Papa, and Me are two classic board books featuring two moms and two dads. They have charming illustrations, gentle rhymes and a simple plot that shows a day in the life of a child with same-sex parents. A positive look at LGBTQ families, these are great books for kids with two moms or two dads, as well as for kids who could benefit from seeing a different kind of family structure.

For ages: 3 to 7
Buy it: Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman, $8, Amazon.comDaddy, Dada, and Me by Lesléa Newman, $8,

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Pink Is for Boys

Walk into a children’s clothing section of any large retailer, and you’ll notice how gendered the boys and girls departments can be, despite the fact that lots of boys love pink and many girls love trucks and tools. Pink Is for Boys is a beautiful picture book that empowers kids to express themselves in every color. It includes characters of different races, genders and abilities and helps kids learn about all the incredible colors that fill their world.


For ages: 4 to 7
Buy it: Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman, $15,

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Julián is a Mermaid

Julián is a Mermaid is another excellent children’s book about gender identity. The illustrations really set this book apart, and the story about Julián, a little boy who loves mermaids, focuses on self-expression and acceptance.

For ages: 4 to 8
Buy it: Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, $10,

Image: Courtesy Random House Children’s Books

Families, Families, Families

Families, Families, Families is one of the best children’s books about diversity for preschoolers. A charming rhyming book that shows many different combinations of families, the book depicts silly animals in framed pictures of “families.” A celebration of family, no matter what form it takes, Families, Families, Families mentions adoption, step-siblings, kids being raised by grandparents and animals of all shapes, sizes and colors. The overarching theme—that if you love one another, you’re family—will resonate with kids and adults alike.

For ages: 3 to 7
Buy it: Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang, $12,

Image: Courtesy Lee and Low Books

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald No Combina

At the top of the list of children’s books for biracial kids is Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald No Combina. Titular character Marisol McDonald is a Peruvian-Scottish-American with red hair and brown skin who prefers mismatched outfits and peanut butter and jelly burritos. Everyone around Marisol wants her to “match,” but she’s perfectly happy being just who she is. This bilingual book (in English and Spanish) features a wonderful selection of illustrations that perfectly capture the beauty of Marisol’s mismatches.

For ages: 4 to 8
Buy it: Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald No Combina by Monica Brown, $16,

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This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World

Fascinating for both kids and adults alike, this story is our top pick among children’s books about culture. Follow a day in the life of seven kids from around the world and from very different cultures: Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda and Russia. The characters in the gorgeously illustrated book are based on real kids from each of the countries, and the story follows them throughout their days from morning until bedtime. Kids will be fascinated to see how their contemporaries in other countries play, eat and spend time with families and will gain a new appreciation for different cultures around the world.


For ages: 4 to 6
Buy it: This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt Lamothe, $13,

Image: Courtesy Random House

We’re Different, We’re the Same

When Elmo’s involved, preschoolers have a tendency to perk up and pay attention. Perhaps that’s why Sesame Street’s We’re Different, We’re the Same story is one of the most beloved children’s books about diversity. Featuring the classic Sesame Street cast, this book drives home the message that while we all look different, we have plenty in common—and that at the end of the day, it’s our differences that make this world a special place.

For ages: 3 to 7
Buy it: We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates, $10,

Image: Courtesy Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

If you’re looking for a more diverse selection of nursery rhymes, pick up a copy of Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. It’s a spectacular book that includes 150 nursery rhymes from 23 countries, accompanied by beautiful illustrations created by 76 different artists. Featuring rhymes from countries as different as Jamaica and China, Over the Hills and Far Away is a unique look at the similarities and differences in folk songs, stories and rhymes across the globe.

For ages: 3 to 7
Buy it: Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes, edited by Elizabeth Hammill, $25,

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Say Hello!

Encourage little kids to celebrate diversity with Say Hello! Protagonist Carmelita enjoys greeting everyone in her neighborhood while walking her dog, Manny. On her walks she sees neighbors of varying races and cultures and learns how to say hello in many different languages. Illustrated with colorful collages, the book captures the vibrance of Carmelita’s neighborhood and the people she greets along the way. Say Hello! Is a must-have addition to any preschooler’s bookshelf.


For ages: 3 to 5
Buy it: Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora, $8,

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Everybody Cooks Rice

Everybody Cooks Rice, another one of the best multicultural children’s books around, celebrates food and the role it plays in different cultures. A little girl named Carrie canvases her San Francisco neighborhood in search of her little brother, who’s late for dinner. Every house she visits contains families with different ethnic heritages, including a Puerto Rican grandmother, a neighbor from Haiti and emigrés from China. Everywhere she goes, the family is eating (or preparing) rice for their dinner, showing that no matter how different we may seem, there are plenty of similarities too. The illustrations are simple and colorful and the book even includes recipes for the rice dishes.

For ages: 5 to 9 (but skews younger)
Buy it: Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley, $7,

Image: Courtesy Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Thunder Boy Jr.

Another children’s book about respect, Thunder Boy Jr. tells the story of a little boy who doesn’t want to be named after his dad. One of the few children’s books that features modern Native American characters, Thunder Boy Jr. is a sweet and funny tale that explores identity, culture and the relationship between a boy and his dad.

For ages: 5 to 6
Buy it: Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, $14,

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A Mother for Choco

A Mother for Choco has a sweet plot that explains adoption in an age-appropriate way for preschoolers. Protagonist Choco wishes he had a mother of his own, so he sets out to find one. He eventually meets Mrs. Bear, who takes him home to join her brood of other animals, none of whom look anything alike, but who form a loving family nonetheless.

For ages: 2 to 5
Buy it: A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza, $8,


Mommy’s Khimar

Mommy’s Khimar is a beautifully illustrated book about a little Muslim girl who dresses up in her mother’s headscarves. As she drapes herself in all of the many colorful scarves, her imagination takes flight. Young kids will relate to the thrill of dressing up in mommy’s glamorous clothing, and the story of the love between mother and child is universal.

For ages: 4 to 8
Buy it: Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, $12,

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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this children’s book offers a look into modern Native American life, following a year of celebrations and experiences as the Cherokee community expresses gratitude for the blessings and challenges that each season brings. It’s racked up a number of accolades; it was named among the School Library Journal Best Books of 2018 and included in NPR’s Guide to 2018’s Great Reads, to name a couple.

For ages: 3-7
Buy it: We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorrell, $9,

Image: Courtesy Macmillan Publishing Group

Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas

As interfaith marriages become more common, so too has the selection of children’s books featuring kids from two-faith families. One of our favorite children’s books about interfaith families is Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas. In this story, the father is Jewish and the mother is Indian, so they celebrate Hanukkah not with the traditional latkes, but rather by frying dosas. When the family gets accidentally locked out of their house, it’s little sister Sadie who saves the day.

For ages: 4 to 7
Buy it: Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg, $15,

Image: Courtesy Knopf Books for Young Readers

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama

For families that celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, a perfect book come December is Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama. Sadie (yes, another one) celebrates both holidays at her house, where they leave gelt under the Christmas tree and sing carols about the Maccabees. It’s silly and sweet and sure to become a favorite in other interfaith homes.


For ages: 5 to 8
Buy it: Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko, $16,

Image: Courtesy HMH Books for Young Readers

Everywhere Babies

Everywhere Babies is a fantastic diversity book for toddlers. The rhymes are catchy, but the best thing about this story is that it’s full of babies (and their parents) of all different races and creeds. The underlying theme is that no matter what babies look like, they’re all loved “for being so wonderful just as they are!”

For ages: 2 to 3
Buy it: Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, $12,

Image: Courtesy Greenwillow Books

Red: A Crayon’s Story

In this children’s book about finding the courage to be true to yourself, a blue crayon suffers an identity crisis after mistakenly being labeled as red. His teachers and family try to help him be red (let’s draw strawberries!), but no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t be red. It’s not until a friend offers a new perspective that the crayon discovers he’s actually blue. Funny and heartwarming, it’s an engaging read for youngsters but can be read on multiple levels, making it one of the best children’s books about gender identity.

For ages: 4-8
Buy it: Red: a Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall, $13,

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