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17 Father’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers

Need a little help with Father’s Day? Check out our gift guide for dear old Dad, and browse even more picks on our website.


Perhaps you want to give him something he can read with the kids…

Father's Day Gift Guide: Books

Papasaurus by Stephan Lomp, You And Me, Me and You by Miguel Tanco, and Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby

In the tender story of Papasaurus, Babysaurus is looking for his dad and turns to his prehistoric friends to help find him; You and Me, Me and You touches upon the lessons that a child teaches a father—a lifetime of learning and love. Forever or a Day is a conversation between parent and child across the course of a single day, ultimately reflecting on and celebrating the time you with the ones you love.


…or something that taps into his hobbies.

Father's Day Gift Guide: Books

How to Swear: An Illustrated Guide by Stephen Wildish, A Brief History of Surfing by Matt Warshaw, and Mastering Homebrew by Randy Mosher

Whether it’s fine-tuning his swearing techniquessurfing, or brewing an IPA, these books will have your dad both reading and doing the damn thing.


Maybe something for him to write his thoughts down…

Unique notebooks for Dad

The Box by Brian McMullen and Pad of Butter

Let your dad relish in thinking inside the box for once, or enjoy the punny Pad of Butter notepad.


…or for you to pen your thoughts to him.

Father's Day Gift Guide: Books

Letters to My Dad by Lea Redmond

This book of twelve letters (ten prompted, two blank) makes it easy to show Dad how much you care. Once filled out, sealed, and postdated, the letters become handwritten time capsules.


Something he can use for cooking…

Father's Day Gift Guide: Books

Sharp by Josh Donald and Bäco by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock

Sharp is the definitive guide to knives—both sharpening and cutting techniques—as well as a collection of recipes from talented chefs. With a good knife, Dad can get right into Bäco: a visually stunning and conceptually fresh cookbook from Josef Centeno, the chef credited with capturing the myriad tastes of Los Angeles on the plate.


Something to laugh about at home…

Father's Day book gift guide

The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish is the work of Marvel Comics artist Scott Koblish (Deadpool, Spider-Man), who has been illustrating his own demise for many years in morbidly funny comics. The Complete What’s Your Poo Telling You is the #1 book about going #2, complete with descriptions of two dozen types of poo, plus sidebars, medical explanations, and loads of engrossing fun facts.


…or something that stretches to lands faraway.

Father's Day Gift Guide: Books

The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps by Edward Brooke-Hitching and Explorers’ Sketchbooks by Kari Herbert and Huw Lewis-Jones

Get a peek inside the sketchbooks kept by legendary men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments, or discover the mistakes, misunderstanding, fantasies, and outright lies throughout cartography—The Phantom Atlas collects and explores the colorful real histories behind a striking range of antique maps.



Or maybe you just want to let him know how great he is.

Father's Day Gift Guide: Books

Most Valuable Dad: Inspiring Words on Fatherhood from Sports Superstars by Tom Limbert and The Greatness of Dads by Kirsten Matthew

Most Valuable Dadsfrom parenting expert Tom Limbert, gathers inspiration from some of the biggest names in sports about the lessons they learned from their dads in order to triumph and thrive. The Greatness of Dads celebrates the unique bond between dads and their children in an unforgettable book that showcases the universal threads of fatherhood: love, discipline, responsibility, fun, embarrassment, sadness, and joy.

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You can browse more picks here. Happy Father’s Day!

Featured image from Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby

Jenna Homen

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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