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And Baby Makes Three: the Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance after Baby Arrives. John Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman, $17.99

Having a baby is a joyous experience, but even the best relationships are strained during the transition from duo to trio. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework, and new fiscal concerns often lead to conflict, disappointment, and hurt feelings. John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman have written And Baby Makes Three to show partners how to avoid the pitfalls of parenthood. Complete with exercises and activities designed to help couples anticipate, confront and resolve conflicts, this encouraging guide helps new parents positively manage the relationship changes that come along with their bundle of joy.


The Baby Bonding Book for Dads: Building a Closer Connection with Your Baby. James di Properizio & Jennifer Margulis, $17.95

THE BABY BONDING BOOK FOR DADS is about practical, everyday things that fathers can do from the day they become a dad. Accompanied by lovely photos of fathers and their babies, this book offers timeless ideas for building the strong bonds that will last a lifetime.


Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More and Argue Less As Your Family Grows. Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill & Julia Stone, $16.25

BABYPROOFING YOUR MARRIAGE is the warts-and-all truth about how having children can affect your relationship. The authors' evenhanded approach to both sides of the marital equation allows partners to understand each other in a whole new way. With humor, compassion, and practical advice, the Babyproofers will guide first-time parents and veterans alike around the rocky shores of the early parenting years.

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Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood. Leonard Pitts Jr., $21.50

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. — who himself grew up with an abusive father whose absences came as a relief — interviewed dozens of men across the country. He found discouragement and hope, as well as deep insights into his own roles as son and father. BECOMING DAD is an unflinching investigation, both personal and journalistic, of black fatherhood in America. BECOMING DAD is a pivotal and profoundly moving book on this desperately important issue.


Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours. Ben Falcone, $31.99

Though he’s best known for his appearances in the movie Enough Said, as well as his hilarious role as Air Marshall Jon in Bridesmaids, Ben Falcone isn’t a big shot movie star director at home. There, he’s just dad. In this winning collection of stories, Ben shares his funny and poignant adventures as the husband of Melissa McCarthy, and the father of their two young daughters. He also shares tales from his own childhood in Southern Illinois, and life with his father — an outspoken, brilliant, but unconventional man with a big heart and a somewhat casual approach to employment named Steve Falcone.

Ben is just an ordinary dad who has his share of fights with other parents blocking his view with their expensive electronic devices at school performances. Navigating the complicated role of being the only male in a house full of women, he finds himself growing more and more concerned as he sounds more and more like his dad. While Steve Falcone may not have been the briefcase and gray flannel suit type, he taught Ben priceless lessons about what matters most in life. A supportive, creative, and downright funny dad, Steve made sure his sons’ lives were never dull — a sense of adventure that carries through this warm, sometimes hilarious, and poignant memoir.


The Birth Partner: a Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions, 4th Edition, Revised. Penny Simkin, $25.95

For the partner or support person who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this book is indispensable. This completely updated edition includes thorough information on:

  • Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begun
  • Normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way
  • Epidurals and other medications for labor
  • Non-drug techniques for easing labor pain
  • Caesarean birth and complications that may require it
  • Breastfeeding and newborn care
  • And much more

Fully revised in its fourth edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth and the essential manual to have at hand during the event.

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The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils and Humiliations of Being a Dad. Edited by Ben George, $18.50

A collection of twenty essays about the job no man can ever be truly prepared for – fatherhood. Some are funny, many are poignant but all are the rich with emotion and wisdom.


But Dad! A Survival Guide for Single Fathers of Tween and Teen Daughters. Gretchen Gross & Patricia Livingston, $22.95

This book is for any man raising a tween or teen daughter, but particularly the single man — with or without full custody.  This is the definitive guide to helping dads when it comes to issues their daughters may be facing like sex, friendships, alcohol and drugs, and personal hygiene. This book covers it all, from what to keep stocked in the bathroom to how to talk about sex without being blown off. The authors help dads gain a better sense of what their daughters are going through, how their bodies are changing, how their relationships are changing, and how best to handle the ups and downs of these challenging years.  


C’mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark. Ryan Knighton, $22.00

Becoming a father is a stressful, daunting rite of passage to be sure, but for a blind father, the fears are unimaginably heightened. But this is no pity party, and author Ryan Knighton has no time for sentimentality. Tackling these hurdles with grace and humour, Ryan is determined to do his part — and this is where the fun starts. From holding his daughter as she wails into the night to their first nerve-wracking walk to the cafe, no activity between father and daughter is without its pitfalls. In his struggle to "see" Tess, Ryan re-imagines the relationship between father and child during that first chaotic year.

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The Connected Father: Understanding Your Unique Role and Responsibilities During Your Child’s Adolescence. Carl Pickhardt, $17.00

Psychologist Carl Pickhardt believes that fathers need to become informed about the changes and challenges that come with their child’s adolescence. To help caring fathers navigate the often perplexing stages of adolescence, THE CONNECTED FATHER describes:

  • how fathers can learn to be better listeners
  • different emotional changes between mid- and late-adolescence
  • how to encourage independence while setting limits
  • how fathers can talk to teens about drugs, sex, the internet and relationships

Cooking for Gracie: the Making of a Parent from Scratch. Keith Dixon, $17.00

A memoir of his daughter’s first year, COOKING FOR GRACIE is Keith Dixon’s irresistible look at what it means to be a father — while holding on to who he was before Gracie came along. Planning and cooking lavish recipes had been a huge part of his life before he became a parent. With the birth of his daughter, life becomes more complex — and his recipes become simpler. Funny and delightful, COOKING FOR GRACIE blends time-honored truths with mouthwatering recipes, to create a memorable tale of life after baby.


Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro. David Hill, $16.95

All fathers have heard it before — having a baby really changes your life. Dr. David is a dad and a pediatrician. Inside this practical book, dads and dads-to-be will find helpful information on topics such as:

  • Infant and child development
  • Baby basics — crying, sleeping, pooping, and eating
  • Everyday illnesses and what to look for — fevers, ear infections, colds, stomach bugs, and sore throats
  • A guide to vaccines, when to get them, and just what they're for
  • Sound advice to cope with toddlerhood and beyond

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The Dad Difference: Volume 1, Baby Basics. The Dad Difference: Volume 2, Involved from the Start. (2 Volume DVD Set) InJoy Videos. $74.99 Note: InJoy DVDs are for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Motivate dads to be an integral part of their children's lives from pregnancy on! Made specifically for fathers, this new research-based series will give dads the confidence and skills to parent in their own unique "dad" way, benefiting the child's healthy development as well as the parents' relationship. Featuring real dads, candid comments and practical tips, THE DAD DIFFERENCEwill inspire all fathers to become more connected with their children.

Volume 1 (35 minutes) BABY BASICS is divided into five easy to view sections: why dads are essential, the pregnant father, labor and birth, emotions and baby care.

Volume 2 (30 minutes) INVOLVED FROM THE START is divided into six easy to view sections: child development, positive discipline, taking care of yourself, relating, work and family and single fatherhood.


The Dad Factor: How Father-Baby Bonding Helps a Child for Life. Richard Fletcher, $27.95

This stimulating book explores many fascinating new understandings of the importance of a father in a child’s development. Richard Fletcher, a pioneer researcher in the area of men’s health and family issues, examines how a father’s close bond with his baby is vital for the development of the child’s healthy brain structure and their cognitive and emotional development.

The Dad Factor presents explanations of why a father’s involvement with his child, right from birth, is vitally important to the development of a child’s brain and emotional stability. Additionally, Richard Fletcher addresses some contentious issues of child development, examines the evolution of a father’s role, and uses feedback from men in his parenting classes to answer many questions a new father-to-be might have.


Daddy Is a Cozy Hug. Rhonda Gowler Greene, Illustrated by Maggie Smith, $18.50

Every day, throughout the year, Daddy loves you with all his heart.

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Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti. Anna Grossnickle-Hines, $9.99 (boardbook - $6.95)

Corey's father makes the best spaghetti in the whole world!


The Daddy Shift: How Stay-at-Home Dads, Breadwinning Moms and Shared Parenting are Transforming American Life. Jeremy Adam Smith, $21.00

A revealing look at fatherhood and parenting, THE DADDY SHIFT offers a look at a diverse population of families and the choices they have made.


The Dads & Daughters Togetherness Guide: 54 Fun Activities to Help Build a Great Relationship. Joe Kelly, $13.95

Fifty-four great ideas for having fun, creating fond memories and forming lasting bonds. It’s the ultimate great resource for building a great relationship with your daughter.


Dad’s Expecting Too! Harlan Cohen, $19.99

Expectant fathers, mothers, new dads and new moms all share advice, tips, and stories about the surprises, questions, and joys ahead.

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Diaper Dude: the Ultimate Dad's Guide to Surviving the First Two Years. Chris Pegula, $20.00

Dude, you’re a dad now! Picking up where From Dude to Dad left off, author and founder of the popular Diaper Dude parenting brand Chris Pegula dives into the first two years of parenting and furthers his deeply held belief that you don’t have to lose yourself when you become a father.


Diary of a Desperate Dad: One Man's Guide to Family Life from 0 to 5. Sam Jackson, $18.95

If you’ve ever had to navigate the sleep-deprived haze of parenting, or are looking forward to being a dad for the first time, this book is for you. In between teatime, bathtime and bedtime, clearing up sick, sleepless nights and unexpected outbursts from kids and adults alike, Sam Jackson brings the highs and lows of fatherhood to life with hilarious stories and insightful reflections on his own extensive — and hectic — experience as a dad of three young children.

With useful tips on manners and socialising, mealtime strategies, sibling rivalry, and the trials and tribulations of discipline, not to mention playing your part during pregnancy and birth, Diary of a Desperate Dad is essential reading for all fathers seeking a humorous and intelligent take on what it means to be a modern dad.


Do Fathers Matter? What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked. Paul Raeburn, $17.50

What changes occur in men when they are "expecting"? Do fathers affect their children's language development? What are the risks and rewards of being an older-than-average father at the time the child is born? What happens to a father's hormone levels at every stage of his child's development, and can a child influence the father's health? Just how much do fathers matter?

Drawing on research from neuroscientists, animal behaviorists, geneticists, and developmental psychologists, among others, journalist Paul Raeburn takes us through the various stages of fatherhood, revealing the profound physiological connections between children and fathers, from conception through adolescence and into adulthood, and the importance of the relationship between mothers and fathers. Ultimately, Raeburn shows how the role of the father is distinctly different from that of the mother, and that embracing fathers' significance in the lives of young people is something we can all benefit from. An engrossing, eye-opening, and deeply personal book that makes a case for a new perspective on the importance of fathers in our lives, no matter what our family structure.


Do Men Mother? Fathering, Care and Domestic Responsibility. Andrea Doucet, $36.95

More and more, fathers are deciding to stay at home and care for their children rather than work full-time outside of the home. More and more, Canadian families are lead by single fathers. Shining a spotlight on the lives of stay at home dads and single fathers, DO MEN MOTHER? provides groundbreaking evidence of dramatic changes in mothering and fathering in Canada. In asking and unraveling the question ‘do men mother,’ this study tells a compelling story about Canadian parents radically re-visioning child care and domestic responsibilities at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad. Dan Bucatinsky, $16.99

In 2005, Dan Bucatinsky and his partner, Don, found themselves in an L.A. delivery room, decked out in disposable scrubs from shower cap to booties, to welcome their adopted baby girl—launching their frantic yet memorable adventures into fatherhood. Two and a half years later, the same birth mother — a heroically generous, pack-a-day teen with a passion for Bridezilla marathons and Mountain Dew — delivered a son into the couple’s arms. Bucatinsky moves deftly from sidesplitting stories about where kids put their fingers to the realization that his athletic son might just grow up to be straight and finally to a reflection on losing his own father just as he’s becoming one. Bucatinsky’s soul-baring and honest stories tap into that all-encompassing, and very human, hunger to be a parent — and the life-changing and often ridiculous road to getting there.


The Everything® Father-to-Be Book: a Survival Guide for Men, 3rd Edition. Kevin Nelson, $21.95

Advice and tips from dads who’ve been there — this useful guide gives you everything you need to be a perfect partner and super dad.


The Expectant Father: the Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be, 4th Edition. Armin Brott & Jennifer Ash, $17.50

This information-packed, month-by-month guide incorporates the expertise of top practitioners in their fields, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists. It also draws from Brott's own experience as a father of three and from the real-world experiences of the thousands of dads he's interviewed. With the humor of New Yorker cartoons and Brott's gentle approach, The Expectant Father serves as a friendly and readable companion for dads-to-be seeking confidence, guidance, and joy.


Fantastic First Time Father: 50 Things You Really Need to Know. Tim Mungeam, $24.99

Crucial information and advice that will help you every step of the way — from finding out you are going to be a parent, to your responsibilities as a role model and a caregiver.

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A Father Like That. Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, $22.50 ages 3-8

A boy knows all about fathers. He knows there are little things a father understands, like how to play checkers and when to bend the rules at bedtime. And he knows there are big things a father does, like banishing nightmares and spending special time with his son. Even if he doesn't have a father, a boy can imagine one just like that.


Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know. Robert Sears & James Sears, $18.95

Encouraging, warm and practical, FATHER'S FIRST STEPS highlights 25 important facets of becoming a father with the emphasis on the rewards and joy that come with parenthood. From diaper changes to getting enough sleep; taking on the role of parent to re-adjusting the role as partner, FATHER'S FIRST STEPS offers reassuring and honest advice for growing into this exciting new stage of life.


Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge. Etan Thomas, $16.00

NBA player Etan Thomas and a host of others offer the message that by standing up and taking an active role as fathers, men not only find their own lives more joyful and fulfilling — they pass on to the next generation an unshakable legacy of love, wisdom, responsibility, and strength.

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Fathering & Child Outcomes. Eirini Flouri, $74.99

Over the last twenty years it has become recognized that fathers play a crucial role in child development and subsequent adult status and behaviour. This book presents the state-of-the-art on fathering and its determinants. Based on original research into the effects that different styles of fathering can have on children, it explores the long and short terms outcomes of involved fathering on different domains of children s lives, including academic achievement, mental health, socio-economic status, adolescent relationships and delinquency.


Fathering: Promoting Positive Father Involvement. Edited by Annie Devault, Gilles Forget & Diane Dubeau, $29.95

In the past few decades, researchers and practitioners have moved away from the idea of fatherhood as a single, monolithic concept. Examining the challenges of vulnerable fathers such as those in poverty or in prison, they have developed valuable new strategies for cultivating the positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.

Drawing on the innovative work of Prospère, a Quebec organization that brought together fathers, university researchers, and health and social service practitioners, Fathering details innovative approaches that support positive father involvement. It provides numerous examples of strategies and interventions with fathers, lessons learned from these practices on how to better support vulnerable fathers and families, and in-depth information on ways of designing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating the results of participatory action research (PAR) — a methodology which put fathers at the heart of the project’s decision-making.


Fathering Your School-Age Child: a Dad’s Guide to the Wonder Years, 3-9. Armin Brott, $15.00

FATHERING YOUR SCHOOL-AGE CHILD covers the latest research on child development, including brain growth, good and bad news about watching television, and the use of computers and other technology. There is ample advice for dads who are older, single, divorced, in the military, stepfathers, and stay-at-home dads, and the book incorporates the author’s and other fathers’ personal experiences, as well as the advice of top researchers in the field. Illustrated throughout with delightful New Yorker cartoons that underscore the universality of the joys and woes of parenting, FATHERING YOUR SCHOOL-AGE CHILD is an essential sourcebook for every dad. 

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First-Time Father: the Essential Guide for the New Dad. Graeme Russell & Tony White, $27.95

For many men, the birth of their first child is a truly life-changing event. In this revised edition of First-Time Father, the authors address the most common questions or curiosities that they find new fathers have:

  • What impact do fathers have? How important am I?
  • What is best for my child? — How do I decide what I want for my child? What are his or her needs, and how can I make sure I meet these?
  • How can I connect with my newborn, and stay connected with her as she grows? – What are my opportunities to be actively involved, to be part of my child’s life from the beginning, to share the joys and challenges as they grow — to be a positive influence in her life? How can I build a strong relationship with my child?
  • What about my partner, how can we work together? How can we work as a team?
  • How can I include my child in my life? Are there benefits in integrating the needs of my child into all aspects of my life? How can I achieve a satisfying balance between my work and my new family responsibilities?

Give Me Back My Dad! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99

Cheryl and her dad know the very best spot for ice fishing. But they’d better watch out — because the fish have other plans!


Glad to Be Dad: a Call to Fatherhood. Tim Myers, $18.95

After staying home with his two sons for a year and his daughter since her infancy, Tim Myers knows all about being a stay-at-home parent. He knows the most effective cleaning products, which snacks to buy, and has developed a “housemaid’s knee.” He has experienced firsthand the profound influence fathers have on their children, along with the challenges of being a stay-at-home parent.

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Great Expectations: Becoming a Dad. John Carr, $16.95

A fatherhood primer filled with solid information and advice, this is a straightforward guide to a father’s role in the early years.


Help! I'm a Dad.  Nick Harper, $18.95

All a new dad needs to know about the difficult first months.


Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies. Marg Batten, illustrated by Higgins Bond, 21.95

In this new natural science book for children, award-winning writer Mary Batten offers a fascinating and entertaining look at paternal behavior in the animal world.

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Home Game: an Accidental Guide to Fatherhood. Michael Lewis, $17.50

Many of the books written for fathers seem to suggest the only way to engage a man in reading about pregnancy or parenthood is to “dumb down” the material, trying to engage men through juvenile humour and manual-like instructions.

HOME GAME is a smart book, written by a smart man (New York Times best-selling author of MONEYBALL and THE BLIND SIDE.) The book is funny — hilarious at times — but it is also honest, intelligent and utterly unsparing in Lewis’ accounts of the feelings which took him by surprise as he grew into fatherhood.

This is a marvelous look at the difference between the idea of fatherhood and a man’s actual experience of it.


How to Be a Good Divorced Dad: Being the Best Parent You Can Be Before, During and After the Break-Up. Jeffrey Leving, $21.95

HOW TO BE A GOOD DIVORCED DAD is practical and down-to-earth and offers dozens of real life examples of dads who have discovered the importance of staying involved in their children's lives. This upbeat book offers good news for divorced dads and counters many of the myths that paint divorcing fathers as alienated, irresponsible, or absent.


How to Be a Great Divorced Dad. Simon Baker, $19.95

Written by a divorced dad for divorced and separated fathers, this book teaches you how to move on after divorce, create a home for your children when they are with you, ensure babies through to teenagers have a routine and discipline. It will help you to keep your children healthy, get involved in their education, organize play dates, deal with your ex in a business-like way and cook healthy meals for your kids. Divorce and separation may change your life, but author/father Simon Baker gives you the tools to make your time with your children positive, pro-active and fun with practical tips lots of advice from someone who knows.

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Hungry Monkey: a Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater. Mathew Amster-Burton, $18.95

Matthew Amster-Burton was a restaurant critic and food writer long before he and his wife had Iris. Now he’s a full-time, stay-at-home Dad and his experience with food has changed... a little.

HUNGRY MONKEY is the story of Amster-Burton’s life as a food-lover — with a child. It’s the story of how he came to realize that kids don’t need puree in a jar or special menus at restaurants and that raising an adventurous eater is about exposure, invention, and patience. Sharing in his culinary capers is little Iris, a budding gourmand and a zippy critic herself, who makes hug sandwiches, gobbles up hot chilies, and even helps around the kitchen sometimes. HUNGRY MONKEY takes food enthusiasts on a new adventure in eating, with dozens of delicious recipes, many of which can accommodate help from "little fingers."


I Love My Daddy. Sebastian Braun, $19.99

Sometimes daddies are loud and playful. Other times they are quiet and compassionate. And they are always loving. Sebastien Braun's appealing text and charming illustrations follow a day in the life of a bear and his bear cub in this celebration of the bond between father and child.


I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doing Work. Doyin Richards, $20.50

What do daddies do with their children? They style hair, they carpool, they cuddle (after they look under beds for monsters). They play, they motivate, and they comfort. Dads may sometimes wonder if they're doing a good job. But one thing they're sure of is that they love every moment with their children.

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If I Were Your Daddy, This Is What You’d Learn. Edited by Julia Espey, $29.95

Imagine a book where you peek into the private lives of extraordinary men who are also highly successful dads. How are they raising their own children? What essential mind-sets, values, and habits are they passing along? Are they equipping their children with something special — something to help them be more financially responsible, lead happier lives, and get along better with others? And most important, how can their experiences as a parent help you and your family?

Single parent Julia Espey wanted to provide her son with the best of what a father can give, so she began to interview fathers and ask them “What is the single most important thing Dads can give their children?” The results are shared in this book that speaks to all parents.


Keys to Successful Stepfathering. Carl Pickhardt, $10.99


Mama Tried: Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting. Emily Flake, $29.00

New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in this funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated book. 

For most people, having a child doesn't go exactly as planned. Not many are willing to admit that not only did they dislike the early days of parenting, they sometimes hated it. Mama Tried is a relatable collection of cartoons and essays pertaining to the good, bad, and (very) ugly parenting experiences we all face. Subjects range from "are you ready for children?" to "baby gear class-warfare." With incredible honesty, Flake tackles everything from morning sickness to sleep training, shedding much needed light on the gnarly realities of breastfeeding, child proofing, mommy groups, and every unrealistic expectation in between. Mama Tried will be an indispensable companion for sleepless parents and a fond reminder for those already out of the woods.

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Mom And Dad Don't Live Together Anymore. Kathy Stinson, $6.95

For one young girl, splitting time between parents has its ups and downs. She knows each parent still loves her and is there to take care of her — no matter what happens!


My Dad. Debbie Bailey, $6.95 (boardbook)

A delightful book for little hands.


My Dad Used to Be So Cool. Keith Negley, $26.50

Playful and emotional,  My Dad Used to Be So Cool tells the story of a father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. His son looks wistfully at his dad's crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world.

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My Daddy. Guido van Genechten, $18.95

Toddler John and his Daddy have fun playing all sorts of games!


My Father Knows the Names of Things. Jane Yolen, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch, $19.99


My Father's Hands. Joanne Ryder, $22.95

A father makes a green and growing place and finds among the shadows of bushes and flowers hidden treasures. Cupping them in his earth-stained hands, he calls his daughter to come and share his discovery. Each time, she finds a garden creature to marvel over and remember: a delicate pink circle of worm, a beetle in shining gold armor, or a leaf-green mantis who boldly balances upon her own steady and caring fingers. With graceful, loving words and vibrant art, Joanne Ryder and Mark Graham portray a special father who shares what he values most — all the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

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The New Father: a Dad's Guide to the First Year, 3rd Edition. Armin Brott, $18.50

The essential handbook for all things first-year father is now fully updated and revised. Not only will new dads get a month-by-month guide to their baby's development, men reading The New Father will learn how they change, grow, and develop over the first twelve months of fatherhood.

In each chapter, Brott focuses on What's Going On with the Baby; What You're Going Through; What's Going On with Your Partner; You and Your Baby; Family Matters; and more. The latest research, as well as time-honored wisdom — and humor, thanks to New Yorker cartoons and Brott's light touch — make The New Father indispensible for the modern father who doesn't want to miss a moment of his child's first year.


Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Eric Carle, $8.50

A father will move heaven and earth to delight his daughter in this beloved picture book from Eric Carle.


The Power of Dadhood: How to Become the Father Your Child Needs. Michael Byron Smith, $22.95

The Power of Dadhood encourages men to father with the knowledge that they are vitally important to the futures of their children. National speaker Michael Byron Smith mentors fathers — young and not so young — on the road to Dadhood. By describing the need for better fatherhood, he shows fathers how to be the Dad their children need.

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Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood. Tomas Moniz & Jeremy Adam Smith, editors, $17.00

RAD DAD: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONTIERS OF FATHERHOOD combines the best pieces from the award-winning zine Rad Dad and from the blog Daddy Dialectic, two kindred publications that have tried to explore parenting as political territory. Both of these projects have pushed the conversation around fathering beyond the safe, apolitical focus most books and websites stick to; they have not been complacent but have worked hard to create a diverse, multi-faceted space in which to grapple with the complexity of fathering.

Today more than ever, fatherhood demands constant improvisation, risk, and struggle. With grace and honesty and strength, RAD DAD's writers tackle all the issues that other parenting guides are afraid to touch: the brutalities, beauties, and politics of the birth experience; the challenges of parenting on an equal basis with mothers; the tests faced by transgendered and gay fathers; the emotions of sperm donation; and parental confrontations with war, violence, racism, and incarceration. RAD DAD is for every father out in the real world trying to parent in ways that are loving, meaningful, authentic, and ultimately revolutionary.


The Role of the Father in Child Development. Edited by Michael Lamb, $121.00

The definitive reference on the importance role fathers play in child development today.


Rookie Dad: Fun and Easy Exercises and Games for Dads and Babies in Their First Year. Susan Fox, $21.50

With 72 safe, simple exercises, each illustrated with a fun photograph, Rookie Dad helps busy fathers make a real connection with their little ones, and have a ball doing it! 

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Shopping with Dad. Matt Harvey & Miriam Latimer, $8.99

A shopping trip with Dad turns out to be anything but ordinary!


Show Dad How. Shawn Bean, $18.95

From practical to playful, 156 awesome things every new father needs to know, one — clearly illustrated — step at a time.


The Single Father: a Dad's Guide to Parenting without a Partner.  Armin Brott, $19.00

Armin Brott gives single dads the knowledge, skills, and support they need to be actively involved fathers. With the same thoroughness, accessibility, and humor that have made the books in his critically acclaimed New Father series so popular, Brott steers divorced, separated, gay, widowed, and never-married men through every aspect of fathering without a partner. Incorporating the advice of top psychologists, lawyers, and other experts, The Single Father offers a wealth of essential information and practical tips.


Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood. Matteo Bussola, $24.00

Matteo Bussola is a designer and cartoonist who lives in Verona, Italy with his wife Paola; their three young daughters, Virginia, Ginevra, and Melania (ages eight, four, and two); and their two dogs. For two years, he’s been writing posts on Facebook capturing the beauty of ordinary moments with his family. Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast is the memoir that grew out of these writings. Divided into winter, spring, summer, and fall, the book follows the different seasons of parenthood and life. At times moving, and at others humorous, these writings remind people to savor the present and appreciate the simple things in life.

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Some Dads. Nick Bland, $14.99

The everyday joys of being with dad are captured in simple verse and brilliant illustrations.


Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know. Meg Meeker, $21.00

Dr. Meeker shares the ten secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life–and his own–for the better.


Tell Me a Tattoo Story. Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheller, $23.99

A bestselling author-illustrator duo join forces to create a modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There's a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside — which might be the best tattoo of them all. Tender pictures by New York Times bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler complement this lovely ode to all that's indelible — ink and love.


This I Believe — on Fatherhood. Edited by Dan Gediman, $23.95

From the popular radio series THIS I BELIEVE, comes this touching and thought provoking compilation of original essays on a fundamental human relationship — fatherhood. These stories are engaging, wistful, and meaningful. Some are sad and clouded with yearning; others are reflective and full of optimism. The book is a compelling portrait of a diverse range of experiences and beliefs related to the father-child relationship.

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This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists. Jason Good, $19.95

Blogging sensation and family man Jason Good delivers a laugh-out-loud reminder that everything is easier and more fun when approached with a sense of humor — especially parenting. Each list captures a perfect (or perfectly terrible) aspect of parenthood while wholeheartedly embracing every moment: "You Deserve a Break" offers ideas for downtime, such as giving blood and untangling cords, while "Self-Help from a Three-Year-Old" collects such wisdom as "If you fall down, stay down. Someone will pick you up eventually." Sweet, sincere, and oh-so-true, this is the ideal gift for parents who could use a laugh. And isn't that every single one of them?


Two Kisses for Maddy: a Memoir of Loss & Love. Matthew Logelin, $15.50

Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. They settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz's pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008. 

Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward, to make a life for Maddy. 

In this memoir, Matt shares anecdotes of his life with Liz; of relying on his newborn daughter for the support that she unknowingly provided; and of the extraordinary online community of strangers who have become his friends.


What My Father Gave Me: Daughters Speak. Melanie Little, Editor, $12.95

Editor Melanie Little brings together seven outstanding women to write brilliant, powerful accounts of father-daughter relationships during their teen years. These deeply personal narratives draw readers into raw, real-life experiences. Passionate and compelling, these essays reveal how daughters see their fathers.

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A Wild Day with Dad. Sean Callahan, illustrated by Daniel Howarth, $8.99

Let's hop like kangaroos, stretch like cats and swing like monkeys. Let's go WILD!


Yes, You’re Pregnant, but What About ME? Kevin Nealon, $17.99

Comedian Kevin Nealon takes on the mysteries of pregnancy and parenthood.


Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be, 2nd Edition. Glade Curtis & Judith Schuler, $16.00

Everything Dads need to know about pregnancy, childbirth, and getting ready for a new baby.

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Complete Booklist

And Baby Makes Three: the Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance after Baby Arrives. John Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman, $17.99

The Baby Bonding Book for Dads: Building a Closer Connection with Your Baby. James di Properizio & Jennifer Margulis, $17.95

Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More and Argue Less As Your Family Grows. Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill & Julia Stone, $16.25

Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood. Leonard Pitts, Jr., $21.50

Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours. Ben Falcone, $31.99

The Birth Partner: a Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions, 4th Edition, Revised. Penny Simkin, $25.95

The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils and Humiliations of Being a Dad. Edited by Ben George, $18.50

But Dad! A Survival Guide for Single Fathers of Tween and Teen Daughters. Gretchen Gross & Patricia Livingston, $22.95

C'mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark. Ryan Knighton, $22.00

The Connected Father: Understanding Your Unique Role and Responsibilities During Your Child's Adolescence. Carl Pickhardt, $17.00

Cooking for Gracie: the Making of a Parent from Scratch. Keith Dixon, $17.00

Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro. David Hill, $16.95

The Dad Difference Vol.1: Baby Basics; Volume 2: Involved from the Start. Two Volume DVD Set, InJoy Videos. $74.99 Note: InJoy DVDs are for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

The Dad Factor: How Father-Baby Bonding Helps a Child for Life. Richard Fletcher, $27.95

The Daddy Shift: How Stay-at-Home Dads, Breadwinning Moms and Shared Parenting are Transforming American Life. Jeremy Adam Smith, $21.00

The Dads & Daughters Togetherness Guide: 54 Fun Activities to Help Build a Great Relationship. Joe Kelly, $17.95

Dad’s Expecting Too! Harlan Cohen, $19.99

Diaper Dude: the Ultimate Dad's Guide to Surviving the First Two Years. Chris Pegula, $20.00

Diary of a Desperate Dad: One Man's Guide to Family Life from 0 to 5. Sam Jackson, $18.95

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Do Fathers Matter? What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked. Paul Raeburn, $17.50

Do Men Mother? Fathering, Care and Domestic Responsibility. Andrea Doucet, $36.95

Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad. Dan Bucatinsky, $16.99

The Everything® Father-to-Be Book: a Survival Guide for Men, 3rd Edition. Kevin Nelson, $21.95

The Expectant Father: the Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be, 4th Edition. Armin Brott & Jennifer Ash, $17.50

Fantastic First Time Father: 50 Things You Really Need to Know. Tim Mungeam, $24.99

Father's First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know. Robert Sears & James Sears, $18.95

Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge. Etan Thomas, $16.00

Fathering & Child Outcomes. Eirini Flouri, $74.99

Fathering: Promoting Positive Father Involvement. Edited by Annie Devault, Gilles Forget & Diane Dubeau, $29.95

Fathering Your School-Age Child: a Dad’s Guide to the Wonder Years, 3-9. Armin Brott, $15.00

First-Time Father: the Essential Guide for the New Dad. Graeme Russell & Tony White, $27.95

Glad to Be Dad: a Call to Fatherhood. Tim Myers, $18.95

Great Expectations: Becoming a Dad. John Carr, $16.95

Help! I'm a Dad. Nick Harper, $18.95

Home Game: an Accidental Guide to Fatherhood. Michael Lewis, $17.50

How to Be a Good Divorced Dad: Being the Best Parent You Can Be Before, During and After the Break-Up. Jeffrey Leving, $21.95

How to Be a Great Divorced Dad. Simon Baker, $19.95

Hungry Monkey: a Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater. Mathew Amster-Burton, $18.95

If I Were Your Daddy, This Is What You'd Learn. Edited by Julia Espey, $29.95

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Keys to Successful Stepfathering. Carl Pickhardt, $10.99

Mama Tried: Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting. Emily Flake, $29.00

The New Father: a Dad's Guide to the First Year, 3rd Edition. Armin Brott, $18.50

The Power of Dadhood: How to Become the Father Your Child Needs. Michael Byron Smith, $22.95

Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood. Tomas Moniz & Jeremy Adam Smith, editors, $17.00

The Role of the Father in Child Development. Edited by Michael Lamb, $121.00

Rookie Dad: Fun and Easy Exercises and Games for Dads and Babies in Their First Year. Susan Fox, $21.50

Show Dad How. Shawn Bean, $18.95

The Single Father: a Dad's Guide to Parenting without a Partner.  Armin Brott, $19.00

Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood. Matteo Bussola, $24.00

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know. Meg Meeker, $21.00

This I Believe — on Fatherhood. Edited by Dan Gediman, $23.95

This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists. Jason Good, $19.95

Two Kisses for Maddy: a Memoir of Loss & Love. Matthew Logelin, $15.50

What My Father Gave Me: Daughters Speak. Melanie Little, Editor, $12.95

Yes, You’re Pregnant, but What About ME? Kevin Nealon, $17.99

Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be, 2nd Edition. Glade Curtis & Judith Schuler, $16.00

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For Kids

The Daddy Book. Todd Parr, $10.49

Daddy Is a Cozy Hug. Rhonda Gowler Greene, Illustrated by Maggie Smith, $18.50

Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti. Anna Grossnickle-Hines, $9.99 (boardbook - $6.95)

A Father Like That. Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, $22.50

Give Me Back My Dad! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99

Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies. Marg Batten, illustrated by Higgins Bond, $21.95

I Love My Daddy. Sebastian Braun, $19.99

I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doing Work. Doyin Richards, $20.50

Mom And Dad Don't Live Together Anymore. Kathy Stinson, $6.95

My Dad. Debbie Bailey, $6.95 (boardbook)

My Dad Used to Be So Cool. Keith Negley, $26.50

My Daddy. Guido van Genechten, $18.95

My Father Knows the Names of Things. Jane Yolen, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch, $19.99

My Father's Hands. Joanne Ryder, $22.95

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Eric Carle, $8.50

Shopping with Dad. Matt Harvey & Miriam Latimer, $8.99

Some Dads. Nick Bland, $14.99

Tell Me a Tattoo Story. Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheller, $23.99

A Wild Day with Dad. Sean Callahan, illustrated by Daniel Howarth, $8.99

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