Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Books for Father's Day

Looking ahead to Father's Day, I thought it would be nice to feature a few books that would make a nice gift for your father. There is everything from humor, to inspirational, to fiction available and books always make a good gift. Maybe Dad would like that better than a tie.  I know my father did.

There isn't room to list all the wonderful books out there, so I picked just a few.

The Life Of Dad
Jon Finkel
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Adams Media (May 7, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1721400303
ISBN-13: 978-1721400300
Kindle $10.99 Hardcover $11.72

ABOUT THE BOOK A heartwarming and enlightening collection of advice, wisdom, and practical skills featuring an all-star cast of fathers from the popular online community Life of Dad.

Becoming a dad gives men a VIP pass into the greatest club on earth: fatherhood. Its rewards are unmatched, its challenges, uncharted. The experience can reach euphoric highs and gut-punching lows. For those moments (and everything in between), The Life of Dad has your back.

The Life of Dad is an all-encompassing, entertaining distillation of the full dad experience, through a collection of interviews, podcasts, online chats, Facebook Lives, and more, dispensing collective wisdom from dads who have been in the trenches.

From Shaquille O’Neal explaining how he’s taught his kids to be grateful, or Michael Strahan highlighting the importance of accountability, or Jim Gaffigan discussing the challenges of having a house full of kids, The Life of Dad has it all. Including thoughts from Ice Cube, Henry Winkler, Chris Jericho, Denis Leary, Freddie Prinze Jr, Charles Tillman, Mark Feuerstein, and many, many more, you’ll find plenty of camaraderie in the hardest—but most rewarding—job of your life!

Dad I Love You Because
River Breeze Press
Series: I Love You Because Book (Book 10)
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 10, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1983681415
ISBN-13: 978-1983681417
Paperback $7.29

ABOUT THE BOOK -  Give Dad a Personalized Gift he'll Love!
Dad will treasure this fill in the blank book.  Prompts on the right side are easy to fill in for kids and are also perfect for adult children. Pages on the left can be remain blank or can be used for photos, stickers, magazine cut-outs, or drawings. Your Dad will appreciate that you spent the time to make him a loving gift!

The write up about the book indicates that it doesn't take long to fill in the information using the prompts, and this kind of personalized gift is always one that is treasured.

For fathers with new babies, there are quite a few charming books for reading to babies and children. It was interesting to see so many categories when I typed in "Books for dads" on the Amazon search bar: books for fathers to read to daughters, books for fathers to read to young children, dad joke books, and several more.

It was hard to pick just one to feature, but I finally decided on the Mercer Mayer book. I've enjoyed the stories featuring Little Critter since he first started writing them in 1966, and this one highlights the special relationship of children and fathers.

Just Me And My Dad
Mercer Mayer
Age Range: 3 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Lexile Measure: AD480L (What's this?)
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 17913th edition (March 2, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307118398
ISBN-13: 978-0307118394
Library Binding $13.24 Paperback $3.51

ABOUT THE BOOK--- Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is going on a camping trip with his dad in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he and his dad are canoeing, fishing, or building a campfire, parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect gift for Father’s Day . . . or any day!

For Christian spiritual reading, there are quite a few books available including Homilies From the Heart, a book I recently released that is a compilation of some of the homilies my husband preached. He was a Deacon in the Catholic church, serving for over 30 years in large and small parishes where his words were always well received. Many of his homilies were lost as he had deleted them from my computer after he retired, and I didn't know that until a few years after he died. I did, however, find a number of the handwritten ones and used those to make this little book.

Maryann Miller - novelist, editor and sometimes actress. She won her first writing award at age twelve with a short story in the Detroit News Scholastic Writing Awards Contest and continues to garner recognition for her short stories, books, and screenplays. You can find out more about Maryann, her books, and her editing services on her Website and her Amazon Author Pageread her Blogand follow her on Facebook and TwitterHer online workshop on self-editing, part of a series of online writing workshops from Short And Helpful, can be found HERE


  1. What a lovely post for the month of June, Maryann! I didn't realize so many books relating to fatherhood and the special connection between dads and their children had been published. Thank you for sharing. :-)

  2. I didn't know about the sheer number of books relating to "dad" that are available either until I started the search. Then I had to decide which ones to feature on the blog. There are a lot and all would appeal to a father in one way or another.

  3. Love Mercer Mayer. Gave away all my copies two years ago thinking we were done with little ones, then a new grandbaby was born last year. Trying to get copies of my top favorites but they are very expensive now. Should have kept them.

    1. Oh, I hate when I do something similar. It's so hard to decide what to keep and what not to keep as things pile up, and we want to de-clutter a bit. My daughter bought a lot of the Mercer Mayer books when her kids were young, which is when I was first introduced to them. I will probably buy one for my new great-granddaughter. :-)


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