The Best Books for Dads to Make His Father’s Day Memorable

Father’s Day Books for Dads

The Best Books for Dads to Make His Father’s Day Memorable

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For all the talk about people not reading enough anymore, book sales continue to be on the rise – and not just in digital format. While people, of course, buy books for themselves, books also make for great gifts. After all, unless you’re sending someone on the trip of a lifetime, what bauble or gadget can match the kind of enjoyment derived from a great read?

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That goes doubly so for dads. Your Dad will always be older than you, and if you think about it, the only way you’re going to be able to impart any wisdom on him is by sharing someone else’s. This Father’s Day, instead of giving Pops another tie or BBQ apron, get him a gift that he can enjoy, again and again, something that leaves a lasting impact.

Below we’ve shared some of the best books to gift Dad for Father’s Day to give you a headstart.

Note: If Dad prefers tuning into audiobooks, all the options shared below can also be accessed via Audible, too. You can sign Dad up for a free 30-day trial and his first audiobook will be on the house.

The First World War  – Hew Strachan

It’s been said that once men become fathers, they take an amateur interest in one of the World Wars, learning more than they need to know about the battles, armaments and strategies. If your father has expressed an interest in the First World War, this is the book to get him.

$18.99 at

The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe

The crowning achievement of 20th century science and technology is still, arguably, the space race, culminating in the landing of human beings on the moon. If that period interests your pops, you’re in luck, because prose wizard Tom Wolfe immortalized the people behind that glorious moment, the men and women who had “the right stuff” necessary to shatter our gravitational shackles and literally take us to the moon.

$24 at

I Love Dad – Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

Shopping for the new dad or dad-to-be this Father’s Day? Give him a book to add to his bedtime story repertoire. This dad-themed take on The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be a hit with him and the little ones alike.

$7.64 at

1,000 Record Covers – Michael Ochs

Is Dad the one who fostered your love of great music? Repay the favor this Father’s Day with this beautiful music-inspired coffee-table book. Highlighting some of the best record covers from the ‘60s to the ‘90s, this gift will let the two of you take a walk down music memory lane.

$22.50 at

American Whiskey – Richard Thomas

Bring some reading material to Dad’s nightcap with this coffee-table book. Looking at more than 300 whiskeys and 30 distillers, this book takes a deep dive into the history of whiskey in America, and it’s filled with whiskey flavor details and recommendations as well.

$19.55 at

The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia – Stephen J. Sansweet

The ultimate Father’s Day gift for the Star Wars fan. This encyclopedia set covers everything he needs to know about a galaxy far, far away, including the comic books, the video games, the original film, Clone Wars, and more.

$89.25 at

Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ –  Rodney Scott, Lolis Eric Elie

James Beard Award-winning chef Rodney Scott is ready to take Dad’s BBQ game to the next level. Featuring everything from the beloved BBQ side dish, macaroni and cheese, to BBQ bacon burgers, there are plenty of mouth-watering recipes to try out and enjoy.

$15.67 at

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Yearbook – Seth Rogen

If the dad you’re shopping for is a fan of Seth Rogen’s movies, then he’s sure to enjoy every page of this hilarious and heartwarming book. Comprised entirely of essays, Yearbook includes stories spanning from Rogen’s childhood to the present day.

$13.74 at

Trejo’s Tacos – Danny Trejo

Did you inherit your love of a great taco from Pops? Help him expand his recipe repertoire this Father’s Day with a little help from Hollywood star Danny Trejo. This cookbook, which features 75 recipes, includes everything from fried avocado tacos to donuts.

$17.29 at

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Whether Dad is crazy for science or astronomy or both, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will allow him to catch up on his favorite subject in short bursts. From the Big Bang to quantum mechanics, Tyson describes complex topics in a way that is relatable but never condescending.

$9.99 at

Game of Thrones Boxed Set – George R. R. Martin

HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series might be over, but Dad can still enjoy hanging with Jon Snow and the gang with this boxed set. Proven to be just as enticing and addictive as the show they inspired, this set of five novels will keep him entertained for many months to come.

$66.75 at

The Office: The Untold Story – Andy Greene

If Dad is a big fan of The Office he’ll love pouring through the pages of this read. Featuring stories from the creators, writers, and actors, this book covers everything from the series’ origins on the BBC to the making of fan-favorite episodes on the American-version like “The Dundies.”

$15.99 at

Hair Love – Matthew A. Cherry

Another great pick for the dad with young children or dad-to-be, this beautiful children’s book tells the story of a dad who steps in to help style his daughter’s hair. He’ll likely recognize the author’s name in this one, too. It’s written by Academy-Award-winning director and former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry.

$9.70 at

Stealing Home – Eric Nusbaum

Whether Dad is a Dodgers fan or not, he’s sure to be captivated by this non-fiction read. Touching on everything from the Brooklyn Dodgers MLB team’s move to Los Angeles to the construction of Dodgers Stadium and the Mexican American communities that used to live where it now sits, Stealing Home goes above and beyond the average “sports” book.

$17.99 at

Sh*t My Dad Says – Justin Halpern

Not a new release on the book market but a hit for Father’s Day gifting nonetheless. Written by comedy writer Justin Halpern, this book compiles the hysterical, heartwarming, and always relatable experiences Halpern shared with his foul-mouthed father.

$14.23 at

The Expanse Series – James S A Corey

If your dad loves science fiction, or has been a fan of the award-winning television adaptation, The Expanse series of novels is a perfect gift. Set in a futuristic world that’s eerily parallel to our own, these books showcase humans at our best and worst, with plenty of intrigue, political posturing and violence. Many critics have likened these books to “Game of Thrones in space,” and if that premise sounds exciting, your dad will probably love them.

$14.23 at

These Father’s Day books are sure to hit the gift jackpot. And if you’re lucky, he’ll let you have a read when he’s done.


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