The Perfect Books for Dad

We know we don’t have to tell you this, but… Father’s Day is RIGHT around the corner! On June 21st, we’ll be celebrating all things dad, so we figured it was about time we dedicated a list to all the dads out there! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your bookish dad, you might want to give these books a try!

The One and Only Ivan and The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

Help dad discover the unforgettable world of best friends Ivan and Bob this Father’s Day with this two-book series that is the perfect read-together collection.


Next by Darrell Bricker

Perfect for the business-minded dads out there, Next offers an honest, often provocative prescription for where we will live, what we’ll be buying and who our leaders will be in the decades to come.

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Africville by Jeffrey Colvin

Perfect for fans of both Canadian history and literary fiction, Africville explores notions of identity, passing, cross-racial relationships, the importance of place and the meaning of home by telling the larger story of the black experience in parts of Canada and the United States.

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The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

Based on the secret diary that Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholster from Vienna and father to 16-year-old Fritz, kept as well as meticulous archival research and interviews with members of the Kleinmann family, including Fritz’s younger brother Kurt, sent to the United States at age eleven to escape the war, The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz is Gustav and Fritz’s story—an extraordinary account of courage, loyalty, survival, and love that is unforgettable.

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

We can all use a little inspiration every now and then, and who doesn’t love a good keepsake? The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come.

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Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore

As we all know, dads love a particular brand of comedy we’ve affectionately started calling “dad jokes.” If you want your dad to elevate his comedy game, this is the book for him. Shakespeare meets Dashiell Hammett in this wildly entertaining murder mystery from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore—an uproarious, hardboiled take on the Bard’s most performed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring Pocket, the hero of Fool and The Serpent of Venice, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.

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Broken by Don Winslow

In Broken, bestselling author Don Winslow creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters and fugitives, the lost souls driving without headlights through the dark night on the American criminal highway.

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Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Perfect for the well-read dad! Eight Perfect Murders is a chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction’s most ingenious murders.

Strange Planet and Stranger Planet by Nathan W. Pyle

Remember that whole dad jokes thing from a few books ago? Here are two books that are perfect for anyone who can appreciate the beauty of a good dad joke! Featuring hilarious comics from one of the internet’s most recognizable names, this collection is sure to make even the most stoic dad crack a smile!


Truth by Tom Phillips

A perfect, quick read for any history or political nut, Truth is a sharp, witty, and clear-eyed view of humanity’s checkered past that reveals why people lie – and how we can cut through the bullsh*t.

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Night of the Assassins by Howard Blum

This is an odd description, but this is perfect for any fan of history OR suspenseful thrillers. Odd, right? You’ll understand soon… New York Times bestselling author Howard Blum returns with a tale as riveting and suspenseful as any thriller: the true story of the Nazi plot to kill the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, and the U.S.S.R. during World War II. RIGHT?! This book is riveting!

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Perfect for literally any type of reader, Washington Black is a dazzlingly original novel of freedom and slavery from the celebrated author of Half-Blood Blues. From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness of life. This inventive, electrifying novel asks, What is Freedom? And can a life salvaged from the ashes ever be made whole?

There you have it, Savvy Readers: our ultimate picks for dad this Father’s Day! If you’re looking for more, our friends at HarperCollins Canada have created this helpful resource that has even more great books that your dad is sure to love!

Happy reading,


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