You can only get your dad so many “#1 DAD” mugs for Father’s Day, and while maybe they don’t scream how much you appreciate him, books can be a thoughtful gift for your old man. No matter what your dad is into (or what your relationship is like), buying a book for someone is a lot easier than picking the right color or size sweater or a tie, and it’s much more exciting than a pair of socks.
Books, though, have something for everyone. If he’s into music, likes to cook, likes to learn new things, or even likes photos more than actually reading, you’ll have options. Here are 8 books for fathers into all different things.
Author: Anthony Jamari Thomas
The New York-based, multi-disciplinary artist’s first book, LAMB, is an examination of immigrant’s sacrifice in hopes to shed light and share stories of beauty and a search for a better future in a time where politicians obsess and align hate with the migrant body. As this edition features all men, Thomas calls this edition an offering “for the men” with plans to do one for the daughters. You can purchase the hand-boundbook here for $50.
Stickers 2: More Stuck-Up Crap
Author: DB Burkeman
Why, you might ask, would you buy your dad about a book about stickers? Stickers are simply the vehicle in Burkeman’s extensive book of adhesive artwork he’s collected over the last 10 years (and since the first edition in 2009). With over 3,000 stickers from musicians, street artists, graffiti writers, fashion brands, activists, and more, Stickers 2 is like a cultural bible of all things cool from the last 10 years told through artwork from the likes of Tom Sachs, Jenny Holzer, BANKSY, FUTURA 2000, Andy Warhol, Barry McGee, Keith Haring, and many more. You can pick up the book here (and even get your copy signed) for $40.
Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated
Author: Shea Serrano
Selected as one of Barack Obama’s favorite books he read in 2017, Shea Serrano’s basketball book seems somewhat of a no-brainer. The foreword is by NBA legend Reggie Miller, Serrano seamlessly injects stats, invaluable rankings (best NBA hairstyles, hello), and covers more than the leagues major players. The New York Times Bestsellers is available on Amazon for $19.99.
The Dude Diet: Clean-ish Food For People Who Like to Eat Dirty
Author: Serena Wolf
What started off as a mission to create healthier versions of her dude’s unhealthy favorites that landed on her blog turned into 125 recipes with nutrient-rich whole foods. Chef and food blogger, Serena Wolf’s diet arms men with the knowledge to make better decisions with easily accessible foods and kitchen tools organized into dude (and dad) friendly sections like Game Day Eats, On the Grill, Serious Salads, and Take Out Favorites. The book is available for $28.99 on Amazon.
A Book About Things I Will Tell My Daughter
Author: Joel L. Daniels
Particularly good for father’s of baby girls, Joel Daniels’s A Book About Things I Will Tell My Daughter is a great option for Father’s Day. What started as affirmations for his daughter turned into something greater. “I wanted to write something that could document my experience as a single father, a single Black father, raising a soon-to-be 2-year-old Afro-Latina in the 45th era. I wanted her to know me, and know herself, with the hope that it would help fathers learn their own daughters, and learn themselves, too,” the author says. The book is available here for $18.
A Basketball Book About Black People
Author: Joe Sherman
For the father that maybe isn’t so into reading but can appreciate a little basketball, A Basketball Book About Black People is basketball photographer Joe Sherman’s self-published, debut book. With original images of Wilson Chandler, Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant, as well as park pick up games in both New York and Los Angeles, Sherman captures the essence of the game in 26 awe inspiring photos. The book is available on Sherman’s website for $40.
Born To Run
Author: Bruce Springsteen
Initiated by the exhilaration of performing 2009’s Super Bowl Halftime show with the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen spent the seven years following to writing his memoir. Despite his huge success as a songwrite, Springsteen shared “Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”
City of Dogs: New York Dogs, Their Neighborhoods, and the People Who Love Them
Author: Ken Foster
While we all like believe we are our father’s favorite, a lot of dads may also have a soft spot for man’s best friend. Ken Foster got friendly with some of New York City’s population of 600,000 canines and their humans for this collection of photos and coinciding stories. This warm and fuzzy read is available for $20.