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Father’s Day Books for Kids & Adults

Celebrate the father figures in your life! This list includes books to read along with your child as well as thrillers and nonfiction reads for dad.

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    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture
    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture

    The Splendid and the Vile

    by Erik Larson

    The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis.

    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture
    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $32.00

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    Hair Love Book Cover Picture
    Hair Love Book Cover Picture

    Hair Love

    by Matthew A. Cherry

    It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters, from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison.
    Hair Love Book Cover Picture
    Hair Love Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    The Forgotten 500 Book Cover Picture
    The Forgotten 500 Book Cover Picture

    The Forgotten 500

    by Gregory A. Freeman

    Classified for over half a century, the full account of the unforgettable story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery is now being told for the first time ever. The Forgotten 500 is the gripping, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest rescue mission of World War II—when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia.

    The Forgotten 500 Book Cover Picture
    The Forgotten 500 Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    My Papi Has a Motorcycle Book Cover Picture
    My Papi Has a Motorcycle Book Cover Picture

    My Papi Has a Motorcycle

    by Isabel Quintero

    A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.
    My Papi Has a Motorcycle Book Cover Picture
    My Papi Has a Motorcycle Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Powershift Book Cover Picture
    Powershift Book Cover Picture

    Powershift

    by Daymond John and Daniel Paisner

    The bestselling author and star of ABC’s Shark Tank reveals how to master the three prongs of influence: reputation, negotiation, and relationships.

    Powershift Book Cover Picture
    Powershift Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Algebra of Happiness Book Cover Picture
    The Algebra of Happiness Book Cover Picture

    The Algebra of Happiness

    by Scott Galloway

    An unconventional book of wisdom and life advice from renowned business school professor and New York Times bestselling author of The Four Scott Galloway.
    The Algebra of Happiness Book Cover Picture
    The Algebra of Happiness Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $21.00

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    The Future of Humanity Book Cover Picture
    The Future of Humanity Book Cover Picture

    The Future of Humanity

    by Michio Kaku

    Michio Kaku traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man’s future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.
    The Future of Humanity Book Cover Picture
    The Future of Humanity Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Dad Is Fat Book Cover Picture
    Dad Is Fat Book Cover Picture

    Dad Is Fat

    by Jim Gaffigan

    Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

    Dad Is Fat Book Cover Picture
    Dad Is Fat Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    My Two Dads and Me Book Cover Picture
    My Two Dads and Me Book Cover Picture

    My Two Dads and Me

    by Michael Joosten

    An adorable board book for the babies and toddlers of gay fathers, featuring a variety of diverse, loving families with two dads.
    My Two Dads and Me Book Cover Picture
    My Two Dads and Me Book Cover Picture

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    A Little Devil in America Book Cover Picture
    A Little Devil in America Book Cover Picture

    A Little Devil in America

    by Hanif Abdurraqib

    Hanif Abdurraqib has written a profound and lasting reflection on how Black performance is inextricably woven into the fabric of American culture. With care and generosity, he explains the poignancy of performances big and small, each one feeling intensely familiar and vital, both timeless and desperately urgent.

    A Little Devil in America Book Cover Picture
    A Little Devil in America Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Spot Loves His Daddy Book Cover Picture
    Spot Loves His Daddy Book Cover Picture

    Spot Loves His Daddy

    by Eric Hill

    Spot Loves His Daddy Book Cover Picture
    Spot Loves His Daddy Book Cover Picture

    Board Book
    $6.99

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    Project Hail Mary Book Cover Picture
    Project Hail Mary Book Cover Picture

    Project Hail Mary

    by Andy Weir

    A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this “propulsive” (Entertainment Weekly) new science-based thriller from the bestselling author of The Martian.

    Project Hail Mary Book Cover Picture
    Project Hail Mary Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.99

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    Range Book Cover Picture
    Range Book Cover Picture

    Range

    by David Epstein

    A powerful argument for how to succeed in any field: develop broad interests and skills while everyone around you is rushing to specialize.
    Range Book Cover Picture
    Range Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety Book Cover Picture
    How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety Book Cover Picture

    How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety

    by Zachary Auburn

    The cats of America are under siege! Long gone are the good old days when a cat’s biggest worries were mean dogs or a bath. Modern cats must confront satanists, online predators, the possibility of needing to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and countless other threats to their nine lives.

    How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety Book Cover Picture
    How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $12.00

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    Recursion Book Cover Picture
    Recursion Book Cover Picture

    Recursion

    by Blake Crouch

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines trilogy comes a relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory—his most ambitious, mind-boggling, irresistible work to date.
    Recursion Book Cover Picture
    Recursion Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Beard on Bread Book Cover Picture
    Beard on Bread Book Cover Picture

    Beard on Bread

    by James Beard

    The bestselling, definitive cookbook on bread baking, Beard on Bread contains 100 recipes and variations for making delicious, fresh bread at home, from culinary icon James Beard.

    Beard on Bread Book Cover Picture
    Beard on Bread Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $21.00

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    Ballpark Book Cover Picture
    Ballpark Book Cover Picture

    Ballpark

    by Paul Goldberger

    An exhilarating, splendidly illustrated, entirely new look at the history of baseball: told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks where the game was and is staged, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic.
    Ballpark Book Cover Picture
    Ballpark Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $37.50

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    The Guide Book Cover Picture
    The Guide Book Cover Picture

    The Guide

    by Peter Heller

    The best-selling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man who, escaping his own grief, is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado, where amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests he uncovers a plot of shocking menace.

    The Guide Book Cover Picture
    The Guide Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Bad Blood Book Cover Picture
    Bad Blood Book Cover Picture

    Bad Blood

    by John Carreyrou

    Discover the full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes.
    Bad Blood Book Cover Picture
    Bad Blood Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    The Bullet Journal Method Book Cover Picture
    The Bullet Journal Method Book Cover Picture

    The Bullet Journal Method

    by Ryder Carroll

    There’s a reason this system for time management, goal setting, and intentional living has been adopted by millions around the globe: it works. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll get the right things done. All you need is a pen, paper, and five spare minutes a day.

    The Bullet Journal Method Book Cover Picture
    The Bullet Journal Method Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    How to Surprise a Dad Book Cover Picture
    How to Surprise a Dad Book Cover Picture

    How to Surprise a Dad

    by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish

    The pages of this book are full of tips on how to become a super dad surpriser, including tips for things you can make, do, or find—just for your dad.
    How to Surprise a Dad Book Cover Picture
    How to Surprise a Dad Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $7.99

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    The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition) Book Cover Picture
    The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition) Book Cover Picture

    The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition)

    by John Green

    John Green’s storytelling shines throughout this masterful and deeply moving collection of personal essays. The Anthropocene Reviewed is an open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world. 

    The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition) Book Cover Picture
    The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture
    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture

    The Paris Diversion

    by Chris Pavone

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats. Kate Moore is back in a pulse-pounding thriller to discover that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems—and that it involves her family.
    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture
    The Paris Diversion Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    National Audubon Society Trees of North America Book Cover Picture
    National Audubon Society Trees of North America Book Cover Picture

    National Audubon Society Trees of North America

    by National Audubon Society

    From the creators of the world’s most trusted field guides—a go-to source for millions of nature lovers—comes a completely new and unparalleled reference work: the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date guide to the trees of North America.

    National Audubon Society Trees of North America Book Cover Picture
    National Audubon Society Trees of North America Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $39.95

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    I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Cover Picture
    I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Cover Picture

    I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    by Eric Carle

    Celebrate Dad’s special day by saying “I Love You”–with a little help from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This bright and colorful book is the ideal way to tell the person you call “Dad” how much you appreciate him. It’s the perfect gift for Father’s Day, Dad’s birthday, or any day that you want to show Dad just how much you care.
    I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Cover Picture
    I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $8.99

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    Ghost Soldiers Book Cover Picture
    Ghost Soldiers Book Cover Picture

    Ghost Soldiers

    by Hampton Sides

    Ghost Soldiers is the enthralling account of the heroic mission to rescue the last survivors of the Bataan Death March. It is also a testament to the human spirit, an account of enormous bravery and self-sacrifice amid the most trying conditions.

    Ghost Soldiers Book Cover Picture
    Ghost Soldiers Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Hop on Pop Book Cover Picture
    Hop on Pop Book Cover Picture

    Hop on Pop

    by Dr. Seuss

    A condensed, board book version of the classic bestseller, perfect for babies and toddlers. Introduces the youngest readers to the wonderful world of Seussian word play.
    Hop on Pop Book Cover Picture
    Hop on Pop Book Cover Picture

    Board Book
    $6.99

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    The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes Book Cover Picture
    The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes Book Cover Picture

    The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes

    by Sam Sifton

    Sam Sifton, founding editor of New York Times Cooking, makes improvisational cooking easier than you think. In this handy book, Sifton delivers more than one hundred no-recipe recipes to make with the ingredients you have on hand. You’ll see how to make these meals as big or as small as you like, substituting ingredients as you go.

    The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes Book Cover Picture
    The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $28.00

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    The Flight Attendant (Television Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture
    The Flight Attendant (Television Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    The Flight Attendant (Television Tie-In Edition)

    by Chris Bohjalian

    From the author of The Guest Room, a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.
    The Flight Attendant (Television Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture
    The Flight Attendant (Television Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Antiracist Baby Picture Book Book Cover Picture
    Antiracist Baby Picture Book Book Cover Picture

    Antiracist Baby Picture Book

    by Ibram X. Kendi

    With bold art and thoughtful yet playful text, Antiracist Baby introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age, this book is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society.

    Antiracist Baby Picture Book Book Cover Picture
    Antiracist Baby Picture Book Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $8.99

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    While Justice Sleeps Book Cover Picture
    While Justice Sleeps Book Cover Picture

    While Justice Sleeps

    by Stacey Abrams

    While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics, but also a major new talent in suspense fiction.

    While Justice Sleeps Book Cover Picture
    While Justice Sleeps Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Nine Nasty Words Book Cover Picture
    Nine Nasty Words Book Cover Picture

    Nine Nasty Words

    by John McWhorter

    One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and taboo in order to understand what imbues curse words with such power—and why we love them so much.

    Nine Nasty Words Book Cover Picture
    Nine Nasty Words Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    How to Babysit a Grandpa Book Cover Picture
    How to Babysit a Grandpa Book Cover Picture

    How to Babysit a Grandpa

    by Jean Reagan

    Celebrate the special bond between grandpas and grandchildren in this delightful bestseller that puts the kids in charge! How to Babysit a Grandpa is a funny and heartwarming celebration of grandpas and all that they do!

    How to Babysit a Grandpa Book Cover Picture
    How to Babysit a Grandpa Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee Book Cover Picture
    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee Book Cover Picture

    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

    by David Treuer

    A sweeping history—and counter-narrative—of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.

    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee Book Cover Picture
    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Punderdome Book Cover Picture
    Punderdome Book Cover Picture

    Punderdome

    by Jo Firestone and Fred Firestone

    One part game, one part conversation starter, you don’t need to be a pun master to master Punderdome: the goal is to make bad jokes and have fun along the way. A stu-PUN-dous time for friends and families, in person or remotely over video chat.

    Punderdome Book Cover Picture
    Punderdome Book Cover Picture

    Game
    $20.00

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    The Spy and the Traitor Book Cover Picture
    The Spy and the Traitor Book Cover Picture

    The Spy and the Traitor

    by Ben Macintyre

    The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasted the end of the Cold War.

    The Spy and the Traitor Book Cover Picture
    The Spy and the Traitor Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Squeeze Me Book Cover Picture
    Squeeze Me Book Cover Picture

    Squeeze Me

    by Carl Hiaasen

    A hilarious novel of social and political intrigues, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida’s gold coast. Irreverent, ingenious, and uproariously entertaining, Squeeze Me perfectly captures the absurdity of our times.

    Squeeze Me Book Cover Picture
    Squeeze Me Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Tom Clancy Target Acquired Book Cover Picture
    Tom Clancy Target Acquired Book Cover Picture

    Tom Clancy Target Acquired

    by Don Bentley

    Jack Ryan, Jr., will do anything for a friend, but this favor will be paid for in blood in the latest electric entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

    Tom Clancy Target Acquired Book Cover Picture
    Tom Clancy Target Acquired Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $29.00

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    Experimenting with Babies Book Cover Picture
    Experimenting with Babies Book Cover Picture

    Experimenting with Babies

    by Shaun Gallagher

    This fascinating and hands-on guide shows you how to re-create landmark scientific studies on cognitive, motor, language, and behavioral development—using your own bundle of joy as the research subject. These simple, surprising projects will help you see the world through your baby’s eyes—and discover ways to strengthen newly acquired skills during your everyday interactions.

    Experimenting with Babies Book Cover Picture
    Experimenting with Babies Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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