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Books for Dads to Read  

A Dad's Reading Resource List

Parenting is a big responsibility, and no one is expected to have all the answers. Below, you'll find a list of suggested books and Web sites that'll help to make your job as a father a little easier, while giving you some support, inspiration, and fun along the way.

  • 1-2-3 Magia: Disciplina efectiva para ninos de 2 a 12, by Thomas W. Phelan
  • Baby 411, by Denise Fields and Ari Brown, M.D.
  • Be a Great Divorced Dad, by Kenneth N. Condrell and Linda L. Small
  • Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of Single Fatherhood, by Trey Ellis
  • The Black Parenting Book: Caring for Our Children in the First Five Years, by Allison Abner, Linda Villarosa, and Anne C. Beal
  • Black Families Online: Directory of Online Resources for Black Parents, by Stacey Montgomery
  • Boys Into Men: Raising Our African-American Teenage Sons, by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Pamela A. Toussaint, and A.J. Franklin
  • Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, from the American Academy of Pediatrics; by Steven P. Shelov, M.D., M.S., FAAP, and Robert E. Hannemann, M.D., FAAP
  • Come On, Dad!: 75 Things for Fathers and Sons to Do Together, by Ed Avis
  • The Complete Single Father: Reassuring Answers to Your Most Challenging Situations, by Elaine Fantle Shimberg and Michael Shimberg
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Obama
  • El cuidado de su hijo pequeno: Desde que nace hasta los cinco anos, from the American Academy of Pediatrics; by Steven P. Shelov, M.D., M.S., FAAP, and Robert E. Hannemann, M.D., FAAP
  • Father's First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know, by Robert W. Sears and James M. Sears
  • Father's Rights: Hard-hitting & Fair Advice for Every Father Involved in a Custody Dispute, by Jeffery Leving and Ken Dachman
  • Fathers' Rights: 2nd Edition, by James Gross
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer, by Dr. Harvey Karp
  • The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- to Four-Year-Old, by Dr. Harvey Karp and Paula Spencer
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love, and Laughing Out Loud, by Kevin Clash, with Gary Brozek
  • Parenting With Pride, Latino Style: How to Help Your Child Cherish Your Cultural Values and Succeed in Today's World, by Carmen Inoa Vazquez
  • Pop: A Celebration of Black Fatherhood, by Carol Ross
  • Practical Parenting, by Montel Williams and Jeffrey Gardere, Ph.D.
  • Smart Parenting for African-Americans, by Jeffrey Gardere, Ph.D.
  • Toddler 411, by Denise Fields and Ari Brown, M.D.
Online resources and other sites of interest:
  • - Crafts, recipes, party ideas, travel ideas, and handy printouts of things you can do with your kids, from the publishers of Family Fun magazine.
  • National Fatherhood Initiative - The site of the National Fatherhood Initiative, which aims to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.
  • - Practical advice, parenting tips, recipes, crafts, health and safety information, and more from Parents, the monthly magazine for moms and dads.
  • TimeOut NY Kids - A regularly updated list of kid-friendly restaurants, shows, performances, stores, and activities to visit with your kids in the city.
  • Video Jug - "Life explained. On film." As its tagline suggests, this site's parenting section offers short, helpful videos on a wide array of questions you might have as a dad, including everything from car seat safety tips and tricks for handling public tantrums to "how to" instructions for making everything from balloon animals to easy mini pizzas, and everything in between.