Happy Father’s Day! Discover our favourite dads in fiction

To celebrate and inspire your reading this Mother’s Day, we asked some of our colleagues at Scholastic to tell us their favourite mums, or grandmas, from children’s books. Happy reading!


Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You? is one of the first books I remember reading with my parents, and it’s still just as sweet and joyful today. The father-child bond between Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare is so heart-warming, making it the perfect book to share with little ones this Father’s Day and every Father’s Day. It’s a modern classic for very good reason!

– Ellen
A Gangster Stole My Trunks

A Gangster Stole My Trunks by Tom Vaughan

My favourite fictional fatherly relationship has to be the bond between Jesse and his granddad in ‘A Gangster Stole My Trunks’ by Tom Vaughan. Jesse has always felt misunderstood by his parents, and thinks his Granddad is a pretty average, boring dishcloth salesman. What Jesse soon discovers is that his Granddad is a lot more exciting than he gave him credit for! What really shines in this book is the bond that grows between the pair, as Jesse feels like his Granddad appreciates his mischievous side and believes in him entirely. Jesse finally recognises himself in one of his family members when he gets to know his Granddad and realises it’s a relationship he’s been missing all along!

– Eleanor
Duck, Duck, Dad? (PB)

Duck, Duck, Dad?, by Lorna Scobie

This is a funny and heart-warming picture book, celebrating families that come in all shapes and sizes! When Ralph the dog finds himself becoming Dad to a flock of ducklings, the mix-up leads to some lovely moments. Despite being a different species to the ducklings, Ralph makes such a wonderful dad. It’s a cute and hilarious story!

– Beth
Happy Father's Day (PB)

Happy Father’s Day, written by real kids, illustrated by David Creighton-Pester

I love this brand new picture book because it’s written by real children about their dads. It’s such a lovely celebration of fathers everywhere – the illustrations are joyful and it feels like the perfect book to snuggle up with and share this month.

– Hannah
A Quite Night In

A Quiet Night In, by Jill Murphy

My favourite dad is the loveable Mr Large from the Large Family. I particularly enjoy the story A Quiet Night In as it is just so funny! It is Mr Large’s birthday and the children have helped Mrs Large to prepare the dinner table for their special ‘quiet night in’. But Mr Large is far too tired to sit at the table and, even though he is exhausted, he still ends up reading the children a lovely bedtime story – which is very kind of him. My favourite part is when he falls asleep on the sofa because it reminds me of my own dad!

– Olivia
Britain's Biggest Star.. is Dad?

Britain’s Biggest Star … Is Dad?, by Ivor Baddiel

This is a hilarious whodunnit about two kids, twins Harry and Abby, trying to save the UK’s top TV talent show from a mysterious saboteur! Although he may not be a secret super-spy like his children, the twins’ dad Gus is such a lovable character. The story is mostly a spy mystery, but it’s also a heart-warming book, full of joy and family values.

– Michelle

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