Father's Day Books that Aren't Hop on Pop

Dads are complex. Here's some Father's Day literary fare that celebrates dads who are feminist, POC, queer, undocumented, and usually excluded from the mainstream narrative of fatherhood.

For Kids


Franny's father is a feminist by Rhonda Leet

Daddies who are feminist allies are just the best.

Oh, oh, baby boy! by Janine Macbeth

A loving celebration of brown dads and babies.

My daddy rules the world : poems about dads by Hope Anita Smith

Poems about all kinds of dads.

Harriet gets carried away by Jessie Sima

Harriet's daddies have lost her to a crew of penguins! Will she make it to her birthday party?

Two white rabbits, by Jairo Buitrago

The journey from Central America to the United States through the eyes of a child traveling with her father.

My dad used to be cool by Keith Negley

Dad used to be in a band, get tattoos... why did he stop being so cool?!

For Grownups


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What does it mean to be a Black man in America? A personal and historical exploration of race that takes the form of a letter from father to son.

Fairyland: A Memoir of my Father by Alysia Abbott

A tribute to Abbott’s father, who was a devoted single dad, creative force and gay man who raised her in 1970s and 80s San Francisco.

Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Ruth Young decides to move home to be with her father Howard, a history professor falling under the grip of Alzheimer’s disease. A novel that is tender, funny and poignant.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies: a novel by John Boyne

The story of Cyril Avery, born in post-World War II Dublin to an unmarried teenager and adopted by well-off but unusually aloof parents. Cyril comes of age and tries to come to terms with being gay in an extremely repressive society, finding love, family and unconventional fatherhood in a story that is loaded with both pain and humor.

Pops by Michael Chabon

A brand-spanking-new collection of essays from the local acclaimed author with reflections about his father and being a parent to four children.

Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood edited by Tomas Moniz and Jeremy Adam Smith

Essays by authors, musicians and other thinkers selected from among the best from Rad Dad Magazine and the Daddy Dialectic blog.