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10 Chapter Books for Dads to Read to Their Kids (+ Printable)

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Strong father figures, adventures, humor, and general fun await!

Recommended age ranges in parentheses reflect recommended listening level, but all are appropriate read alouds for a wide variety of ages. Print this list for future reference! [note: this post originally appeared on March 26, 2015]

 Lulu duckLulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay.

Funny adventures for animal lovers. (see our review) (ages 6-10)

 henry hugginsHenry Huggins by Beverly Cleary.

A boy, a dog, and hilarious adventures. (ages 6-10)

 charlie chocolate factoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Better than the movie(s)! Also a good one for grandfathers to read. (ages 7 and up)

 hobbitThe Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Adventure, a dragon, elves, and hobbits. (ages 7 and up)

 black stallionThe Black Stallion by Walter Farley.

A boy, a horse, survival, hard work, and a race! (ages 7 and up)


The Penderwicks: a Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Boy by Jeanne Birdsall.

Warm fuzzies all around, but especially for dads and their daughters. (see our review) (ages 6 and up)

little britches Little Britches by Ralph Moody.

Hardship builds relationship between a boy and his father (see our review) (ages 6 and up)

one and only ivan The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Appelgate.

A gorilla, an elephant, a dog, a girl…and some paint. (see our review) (ages 7 and up)

dr dolittle

The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting.

Fun with a Pushmi-Pullyu, a talking parrot, and other animals. (ages 6 and up)


chitty chittyChitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming.

A car like no other! (ages 6 and up)


What books would you add to this list?


 book cover images from amazon

Talk amongst yourselves...


  1. Margaret says

    I’d add Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome, and (most of) the books following.

    It’s long, and many find the beginning a bit slow. When I read it to my kids, we almost gave up on it, but once it clicked, there was no stopping us: we went on and read the rest of the series, all 11 of them, one right after the other. (Ages 8-9 and up.)

  2. The Green Ember by S.D. Smith (on Amazon… If not sold out).

    Let’s just say one thing, Rabbits With Swords!

    Seriously though… A great book about the goodness of beauty and the beauty of good all wrapped up in a story about some really cool rabbits who’s world is turned upside down and they have to navigate that as a family and as individuals and as a community. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

  3. Dave Long says

    I would strongly recommend The Secret World of Og, by Pierre Burton. Out of print now, but still available on-line.

    My kids loved it and still ask me to read it even through they are in their teens.


  4. Betsy says

    Great suggestions! I’ve not read Swallows and Amazons, but that’s one of those books/series I have on my TBR (to be read) list because I keep hearing similar recommendations.

  5. Valerie says

    An absolute MUST is “Summer of the Monkeys” by Wilson Rawls. This book is, unfortunately, not often known, but it has so may redeeming qualities! The best part is the great relationship between the boy and his grandfather and also some side-splittingly, funny parts. We have read this book out loud three or four times and LOVE it!!

  6. Lynn Aucoin says

    I have to add The Good Master and The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy. The father in these books is kind, compassionate, strong, and brave– a true picture of godliness. We loved these books!

  7. Janette says

    Redwall (actually, the entire series is great) by Brian Jacques. We (Mom and Dad) took turns reading out loud on a car trip and everyone loved it! We finished up the series reading by flashlight by the fire pit. Seems to be well loved by younger kids, older readers, teens and adults alike!

  8. I’d add three books: Wilson Rawl’s Summer of the Monkeys and Where the Red Fern Grows as well as Old Yeller by Fred Gipson.

  9. I highly recommend “The Coral Island” by R.M. Ballantyne, and its sequel, “The Gorilla Hunters” by the same author. It had my brother and I laughing out loud at the hilarious parts, and encouraged by the wisdom contained in them as well.


  10. Alice Herrick says

    I would put Jenny L Cote’s books at the top of the list! It is a series called “The Epic Order of the Seven” and the first book is “The Ark The Reed and The Fire Cloud” All here books are excellent.

  11. Angela says

    The Wilderking Trilogy by Jonathan Rogers. First in the series is the Bark of the Bog Owl. Fabulous stories.

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