The 10 Best Parenting Books For Dads

Updated February 27, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

The New Father
Be Prepared
Calm the F*ck Down
We spent 23 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. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best parenting book for dads on Amazon.

10. You're Gonna Be a Dad!

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
Publisher You're Gonna Be a Dad!
Model n/a
Weight 11.4 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

9. The New Dad's Survival Guide

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
Publisher Hachette Book Group
Model n/a
Weight 4.8 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Dad's Playbook

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
Publisher Chronicle
Model n/a
Weight 14.1 ounces
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

7. The New Father

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
Publisher The New Father
Model n/a
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Calm the F*ck Down

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
Publisher Calm the F*ck Down
Model 50040
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Be Prepared

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
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Model n/a
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. The Expectant Father

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
Publisher The Expectant Father
Model n/a
Weight 3.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. The Dad's Edge

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
Publisher The Dad's Edge
Model n/a
Weight 12.6 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Better Dads, Stronger Sons

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
Publisher Revell
Model n/a
Weight 13.1 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Stronger Fathers, Stronger Daughters

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
Publisher Stronger Fathers, Stron
Model n/a
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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Last updated on February 27, 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.

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