Celebrate the Special Dad Figure in Your Life with Library Activities, Book List

Written by Alli Jacobs, Teen Librarian at the Walnut Hills Branch, and Melissa Gartner, Children’s Librarian at the Elmwood Place Branch

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, pet dads, plant dads, and any other important father figures in your life. Father’s Day started in the state of Washington in June 1910. However, it did wasn’t widely celebrated in the United States until 1972. Father’s Day is now celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year. For dads of all kinds, this day is for you!

Ways to Celebrate

There are plenty of fun ways to celebrate with the father figures in your life. Grab your dad and join in on events happening virtually and at the Library.

Sing and dance together at an in-person or outdoor storytime, like our Movers & Shakers programs 

Get messy with Take & Make crafts

Pick up your free Discover Summer to-go kit at the Library! They include activity booklets, books to keep, and early literacy calendars. All great ideas to celebrate summer as a family.

Visit local museums and attractions in our area. We’ve spotlighted a few on CincySummer.org!

Discover more library events happening this June!

Watch New Storytimes Featuring Dads

Visit CHPL’s Facebook, Instagram, and our YouTube channel for some brand-new Father’s Day storytime videos read by dads from our library and community.

Read Together to Promote Early Literacy

Another fun way to celebrate and spend time together is to read. Reading aloud to a child is one of the best things you can do to develop their early literacy skills – and, it’s fun! Start reading with your kids as soon as they are born, or even before! Try to read aloud to your child at least once a day; this helps make reading a habit and shows kids that reading is an important part of everyday life. Reading aloud doesn’t have to stop when your kids are older, either. There is still value in reading aloud to children who already know how to read.

A great way you can promote reading in the house is to let your kids see you reading. Have family reading time every day, and stop by any of our locations – we'll help you discover some new favorite books, or check out some fabulous Father’s Day books below.

Celebrate Father's Day

List created by CincyLibrary_Kids

Celebrate the beautiful diversity of fatherhood with one of these picture books!

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Fathers in Fiction

List created by CincyLibrary_Kids

Celebrate fathers of all kinds on Father's Day with one of these fiction books!

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Sources: history.com; readingrockets.org

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