9 Multicultural Children’s Books About Fathers

 9 Multicultural Books About Fathers-I'm Not the Nanny

Father’s Day is this weekend, but we don’t have to wait until Sunday to celebrate our dads! Here’s a selection of multicultural children’s books about fathers that you can add to your library. That way we can celebrate how amazing our fathers are everyday! (Book links are affiliate links.)

Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros

The Pura Belpre Honor Book Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros is a English-Spanish bilingual picture book that celebrates the love between a father and son with lush illustrations.

Kitchen Dance by Maurie J Manning

In Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning, a young girl and her brother wakes up in the middle of the night and catches their parents dancing and singing in the kitchen. After joining their parents in the revelry, the songs turn into a lullabies. A perfect bedtime book.

Grandfather Counts by Andrea Cheng

Featured on Reading Rainbow, Grandfather Counts  by Andrea Cheng is about a biracial girl who bonds with her Chinese grandfather as the two learn to count together. The book also includes a glossary so you and your child can learn too!

Let's Go See Papa by Lawrence Schimel

In Let’s Go See Papá!, a girl relishes her Sundays because that’s when her father calls home! He has left their family to work far away in the United States, but this Sunday, he has a huge surprise for the family!

Peek!: A Thai Hide and Seek by Minfong Ho

Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho is a fun book about a father and daughter playing “Jut-Ay” or hide-and-seek. Told in verse with bright illustrations, this will be a hit with your little ones.

Daddy Poems selected by John Micklos

In Daddy Poems, John Micklos, Jr. has gather a diverse collection of poems that celebrate dads and children. Selections include poems by Nikki Grimes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Karama Fufuka, and Micklos himself.

In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall

Celebrate African American fathers with intergenerational poems from In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers and its artful illustrations by Javaka Steptoe.

Ghosts For Breakfast by Stanley Todd Terasaki

Set in 1920s, Ghost for Breakfast by Stanley Todd Terasaki tells the story of how a father aims to teach his Japanese American son how to face his fears as they investigate the ghosts in a local farmer’s field.

Abuelo by Arthur Dorros

Grandfathers are dads too as Arthur Dorros reminds us in Abuelo where a young boy and his grandfather bond through their adventures in the countryside.

Visit your library to find these books or you can easily add them to your personal collection. Sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial for free 2 Day shipping (among other perks).

Whether you’re celebrating Father’s Day this Sunday or another day, make sure to tell dad (or granddad) how much we love them!


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