10 Best Parenting Books For Dads | April 2017

We spent 22 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. There's a little secret people forget to tell dads: they're allowed to read parenting books, too, even if they aren't the one physically delivering the baby. We found literature for new and expecting fathers that will make the dizzying process of raising a child a little less scary, and maybe even get you excited about it. Skip to the best parenting book for dads on Amazon.
10 Best Parenting Books For Dads | April 2017
Overall Rank: 5
Best Mid-Range
Overall Rank: 7
Best High-End
Overall Rank: 6
Best Inexpensive
You're Gonna Be a Dad! helps you avoid the common pitfalls of the expectant father, focusing primarily on helping your partner through pregnancy and preparing your lives and home for the infant. Unfortunately, it offers little insight on what happens when the baby arrives.
  • meant to be read one week at a time
  • makes everything feel less daunting
  • can be too joke-heavy at times
Brand You're Gonna Be a Dad!
Model pending
Weight 11.4 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
The New Dad's Survival Guide addresses issues all dads are worried about, but few feel comfortable bringing up, like when it's safe to have sex with their partner again, how to change a diaper without throwing up and what on earth a binkie is.
  • written in a military-guide style
  • helpful glossary of terms
  • illustrations are a bit dated
Brand Hachette Book Group
Model pending
Weight 4.8 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
Some of the greatest coaches of all time lent their wisdom on fatherhood to Dad's Playbook. If you're trying to find a way to get a sports fanatic father interested in researching parenting, this book will be invaluable. Plus, many of the quotes apply to all areas of life.
  • by a parenting coach and nfl star
  • teaches family leadership skills
  • no real science-based advice
Brand Chronicle
Model pending
Weight 14.1 ounces
Rating 3.5 / 5.0
One of the authors of the sensational "Expectant Father" also wrote The New Father, a book that focuses on the first 12 months of parenthood. Each chapter looks at how that month in a baby's life affects their father, their parents as a unit and the entire family.
  • addresses concerns of same sex dads
  • covers technology and fatherhood
  • some topics are oversimplified
Brand The New Father
Model pending
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
As you can likely tell from the title, Calm the F*ck Down isn't going to sprinkle any sugar onto its advice. It's the perfect book for the dad who is having a meltdown because it helps put things in perspective and lends tips to nearly any stressful parenting situation.
  • detailed chapter titles
  • addresses the reader's insecurities
  • a bit too much sarcasm for some
Brand Calm the F*ck Down
Model 50040
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
Be Prepared is a survival guide for busy dads who won't be able to change their lifestyle much to be parents, but still want to make it work. It offers practical, and often funny, solutions to problems, like a dirty diaper on a packed airplane.
  • useful diagrams and illustrations
  • advises dads on staying healthy
  • chapters are organized by age
Brand Simon & Schuster
Model pending
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
If you're soon to be a first-time dad then you probably have a lot of questions. Brott and Ash can answer those in The Expectant Father. This is the fourth edition of this popular book that looks into the financial, emotional and physical consequences of fatherhood.
  • helps you relate to your spouse more
  • tips from parenting experts
  • humorous and easy to digest
Brand The Expectant Father
Model pending
Weight 3.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
In The Dad's Edge author Larry Hagner delves into how all of your relationships, from that with your spouse to those with your colleagues, affect the kind of parent you are. The book also focuses on learning how to better communicate and connect with your kids.
  • full of moving anecdotes
  • the writing cuts to the chase
  • as close to a dad manual as possible
Brand The Dad's Edge
Model pending
Weight 12.6 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
If you're worried about saving money for all the toys your child will want, but still want to invest in being a good father, read Better Dads, Stronger Sons. The author instills in the reader that there is no greater honor, nor bigger responsibility, than fatherhood.
  • the author is vulnerable and honest
  • practical and spiritual tips
  • very easy to read
Brand Revell
Model pending
Weight 13.1 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
Stronger Fathers, Stronger Daughters is specifically about the special relationship between a dad and his little girl, even when she's not so little anymore. Written by experienced pediatrician Meg Meeker, the book teaches men how to be a friend and protector.
  • organized into ten powerful tips
  • empowering and encouraging messages
  • enlightens men on the lives of women
Brand Stronger Fathers, Stron
Model pending
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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Last updated on April 13 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.