Father’s Day is coming up and as such it is time to peddle gift ideas, as the Internet does. Here at Family Life on Earth we like to take a narcissistic approach, with just a touch of nepotism. Hey, kids gotta eat. To that end, please show your dad (or any dad, really) you love him with one of these Father’s Day books. (Note, the books aren’t actually about Father’s Day, but the SEO is.)
First, the new release: Dads Behaving Dadly 2 is, as you may have guessed by the number at the end of the title, a sequel to the popular Dads Behaving Dadly (much like Billy Dee Williams’ debut in The Empire Strikes Back I was not in the original outing). In this edition I am joined by 71 other dads in the telling of stories and the assorted whatnot of fatherhood.
Dads Behaving Dadly 2 was put together by Hogan Hilling and Al Watts. The book was released today (June 5, 2015) and is available on Amazon <make #AmazonFamilyUS joke, pause for laughter> and Barnes & Noble.
In addition, The Parents’ Phrase Book continues to exist, and makes a perfect gift for anyone that ever has cause to speak to another person. It is a parenting book, yes, and it was written by a father (me), but it is also a guidebook to empathy, self-worth, reconnecting with our inner-child, and dealing with topics like death, bigotry, education, and pretty much anything else you’ve seen in the news, but this time with feeling!
Kevin Costner said, “Our kids are better than us.” Obviously he was implying that they will be better should their parents read The Parents’ Phrase Book (or at least buy it, you don’t actually have to read it), but I don’t want to put words in his mouth. Here it is in action:
There are a number of other great Father’s Day Books (SEO FTW!) out right now that you should also take a look at, because books.
Here are some of our favorite FATHER’S DAY BOOKS:
Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes by Mike Adamick is the third installment in his Dad’s Book of Awesome series, and it is exactly as the name suggests—good times and good eats! Mike is a wonderful writer and incredibly creative. This book is for everyone. (As an added bonus the book includes a way too sweet mention of me and a fun vegetarian recipe that the Honea boys made up.)
Calm the F*ck Down is a parenting book by David Vienna. It is for all of those parents who desperately need a chill pill. You know who you are. This helpful how-to offers a diaperload of practical advice and shows that common sense can get you through most parenting dilemmas. David is f*cking talented and looks great in a kilt (true story). You cannot buy this book fast enough.
All In by journalist, author and all-around good guy Josh Levs offers a powerful look at family leave in the United States based upon his own experience, subsequent lawsuit (spoiler!), and the journey that followed. Josh digs into the cultures of work and parenthood, respectively, through the real stories told by those in the trenches (full disclosure, I’m one of them).
The Working Dad’s Survival Guide by Scott Behson, PhD, helps dads understand that they are not alone, offering a series of concrete time and life management strategies that enable them to succeed in their careers while also being present, involved fathers. Scott is living it, and he knows his stuff.
Christopher Routly is a triple-threat: writer, artist, and singer. Unfortunately for you only two of those skills made it into Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish, but don’t worry, those two skills more than hold their own in this sweet tale of two tiger brothers and their new jellyfish friend.
In Rock, Meet Window author Jason Good was in the process of parenting his own two young boys when his father was diagnosed with cancer and given nine months to live. From that news comes the story of something he had always taken for granted: how his father had earned his true friendship and admiration in adulthood by the way he had parented him to manhood. Jason is funny, too.
Armin Brott, aka Mr. Dad, along with Jennifer Ash, wrote the only parenting book I read when Tricia was pregnant with Atticus. I even bought copies of it for friends who were also on the cusp of fatherhood. Fate, as you may have noticed, is funny, and these days I consider Armin a friend and was truly honored when he gave me the opportunity to offer feedback on the fourth edition of The Expectant Father—feedback that he, hopefully, ignored.
And there you have it, a bunch of great books by great guys and they are all available for your Father’s Day Books gift-giving needs. Also, FATHER’S DAY BOOKS.
Keep reading, earthlings.