25 Great Books about Fathers, Being a Father, and Parenthood

A Listmania! list by Lorenzo (New York City!)
The list author says: "Title of this list pretty much says it all. Perhaps, was the hardest list to cull, because books about parents loving their children, usually are from the mother's perspective. To be continued"
25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life
1.  25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life by Lorenzo Dominguez
The list author says:
  "In the wake of his marital separation, Lorenzo lives in a little church in the middle of Manhattan in virtual isolation. He rises from the experience to become a best-selling author to inspire many with this novel about his experience, the lessons learned from it and the love of his sons. #1 Best-Selling Essay & Artist Memoir in 2010 & 2011"
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Sh*t My Dad Says
2.  Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
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  "“This book is ridiculously hilarious, and makes my father look like a normal member of society.” - Chelsea Handler"
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Fatherhood
3.  Fatherhood by Bill Cosby
The list author says:
  "In this bestseller, the star of the top-rated TV series regales and comforts parents with refreshing, marvelously ludicrous tales about his life as the father of five."
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Be Prepared
4.  Be Prepared by Jeannie Hayden
The list author says:
  "Take your average guide for new mothers, chuck most of the stuff about breast feeding and ditch the deep background research and stats, then generously pepper with illustrations and burley humor and what do you have? Your average guide for new fathers."
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Because I Said So!: A Collection of 366 Insightful and Thought- Provoking Reflections on Parenting and Family Life
5.  Because I Said So!: A Collection of 366 Insightful and Thought- Provoking Reflections on Parenting and Family Life by John Rosemond
The list author says:
  "This is a no-nonsense guide on parenting.  It is somewhat antithetical to a lot of the parenting advice being peddled today. If anything, you should read it just to get a different perspective on things, and then decide for yourself what is best for you and the family you want to nurture. It essentially advocates "tough love.""
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The Godfather
6.  The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The list author says:
  ""The novel is, basically, about just two persons, Don Vito Corleone and his son, Michael, who after refusing to accept his father's ways, finally comes to terms with the reality and takes up the 'family business' - The Mafia that runs New York City.""
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The New Dad's Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers
7.  The New Dad's Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers by Scott Mactavish
The list author says:
  "FATHERHOOD DEMYSTIFIED! Finally-a manual for new dads that deciphers the immensely confusing world of fatherhood and gives crucial tips and advice from a man's point of view. No psychobabble, no warm fuzzies-just a hilarious (and surprisingly practical) military-style guide to surviving and thriving through even the queasiest moments of pregnancy, birth, and babyhood."
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The Giving Tree (Hebrew) (Hebrew Edition)
8.  The Giving Tree (Hebrew) (Hebrew Edition) by Shel Silverstein
The list author says:
  "This is my favorite story book of all time. It is so simple, yet utterly profound. I have read it many times to my children. It is a great way to instill so many things—consideration for others, altruism, the importance of family, the value of giving to others unconditionally, and of course, love. Most of all it demonstrates the power of parental love."
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The Daddy Guide : Real-Life Advice and Tips from over 250 Dads and Other Experts
9.  The Daddy Guide : Real-Life Advice and Tips from over 250 Dads and Other Experts by Kevin Nelson
The list author says:
  "Welcome to the world of being a dad. The hours are endless. It will probably cost an arm and a leg over the years. There's little, if any, time off. But, oh, the benefits!"
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Gift of Fatherhood: How Men's Live are Transformed by Their Children
10.  Gift of Fatherhood: How Men's Live are Transformed by Their Children by Aaron Hass
The list author says:
  "The Girl of Fatherhood emphasizes the rewards of fatherhood and offers expert, proven advice you can use to manage the many roles you're asked to play: father, husband, provider, teacher, and disciplinarian."
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The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humiliations of Father
11.  The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humiliations of Father by Ben George
The list author says:
  "At turns humorous, irreverent, poignant and tender, The Book of Dads brings together twenty well-known and beloved writers on the subject of fatherhood, offering fathers—or anyone who has been or loved a parent—unrivaled insights into the complexity of fatherhood as it's experienced now."
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To Kill a Mockingbird
12.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The list author says:
  "Another Pulitzer Prize winner and probably one of the best and most inspiring books ever written about a father and daughter, To Kill a Mockingbird tackles the tangled topic of race relations in the south through the sweetly uncomplicated friendship between narrator Scout and her justice-fighting father Atticus Finch."
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Little House On The Prairie
13.  Little House On The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The list author says:
  "Little House on the Prairie, part of the classic series of stories about a close-knit family on the early American frontier, is based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's real childhood, and so it's not surprising that the bond between the girls and their pa feels very real, offering adult sentiments in a book fit for kids."
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The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare)
14.  The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
The list author says:
  "The Tempest is a beautiful narration of how a father, the rightful Duke of Milan, raises his only daughter child in an isolated island, after being usurped by his own brother. It wonderfully portrays the mental strength and power of a man, who finally teaches a lesson to the betrayers and ascends the throne. -www.loveyoufather.com"
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The Kite Runner
15.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "'This unusually eloquent story is also about the fragile relationship fathers and sons, humans and their gods, men and their countries. Loyalty and blood are the ties that bind their stories into one of the most lyrical, moving and unexpected books of this year.' -www.loveyoufather.com"
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King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father
16.  King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father by Steve Farrar
The list author says:
  ""Every son longs for his father’s direction, for Dad to make the son a leader. 'King Me!' the son cries out. . . . God calls upon fathers to mentor their sons.' —Steve Farrar"
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Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids
17.  Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids by Todd Davis
The list author says:
  "If the dad in your life would rather build a go-cart than a LEGO R/C car then take a look at Handy Dad. From easy projects that you can do in a couple hours (build a lava lamp, water bottle rocket) to weekend projects like a zip-line or tree house, it’s a nice book of projects to do with (or for) your kids."
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Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Man Skills
18.  Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Man Skills by Joshua Piven
The list author says:
  "Man Skills is a monster-sized volume, about 500 pages of how-to instructions and advice on a broad range of subjects. There are sections on Great Escapes, Sports and Hobbies, Love and Sex, Domestic Disasters, Work, and Out and About."
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Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share
19.  Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmead
The list author says:
  "Today's generation of dads grew up more tech-savvy than ever. Rather than joining the Little League team, many grew up playing computer games, D&D, and watching Star Wars. Now with kids of their own, these digital-age dads are looking for ways to share their love of science and technology, and help their kids develop a passion for learning and discovery."
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Be the Coolest Dad on the Block: All of the Tricks, Games, Puzzles and Jokes You Need to Impress Your Kids (and keep them entertained for years to come!)
20.  Be the Coolest Dad on the Block: All of the Tricks, Games, Puzzles and Jokes You Need to Impress Your Kids (and keep them entertained for years to come!) by Steve Caplin
The list author says:
  "An all-encompassing guide to entertaining, amazing, and possibly even educating children, Be the Coolest Dad on the Block provides the perfect excuse to stand on a balloon, play with grated cheese in the microwave, and unroll an entire roll of toilet paper, all in the name of spending time with your kids."
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101 Secrets a Good Dad Knows
21.  101 Secrets a Good Dad Knows by Walter Browder
The list author says:
  "Dads have a special way of relating to children. It is usually a father who teaches a child how to shoot a free throw, catch a frog, or fix a broken bicycle chain. Knowing how to do these things raises a child's self-esteem, increases self-confidence, and fosters self-reliance because they expand a child's ability to cope with and understand the world."
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Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love
22.  Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love by Kent Nerburn
The list author says:
  "In an attempt to gather what wisdom he could to guide his son into adulthood, Kent Nerburn published a powerful collection of essays that touched the hearts of parents and children everywhere. In this beautiful revised edition, Nerburn refines his advice and expands his thoughts."
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Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons
23.  Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons by Tim Russert
The list author says:
  "Surprised by the overwhelming and heartfelt reception to Big Russ and Me(2004), Russert follows that memoir of his relationship with his father with a collection of letters he received recounting relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters."
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Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life
24.  Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life by Tim Russert
The list author says:
  "The senior Tim Russert served in WWII, married and settled in South Buffalo, N.Y., worked days for the Sanitation Department, drove a night truck for the local evening paper and raised four kids. The younger Russert's memoir begins as a tribute to his dad and the lessons he taught through the years."
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Guess How Much I Love You
25.  Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
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  "This is an awesome and utterly simple, yet amazingly true book about parental love. Much like The Giving Tree, it is a must have for any mother and/or father."
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the GIVING TREE, not the TAKING BOY 10 17 days ago
a book about a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly. 8 May 7, 2013
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