Book Gift Ideas for Father’s Day!

Looking for books for Dad this upcoming Father’s Day?

Here are some of my favorites!

Is Dad a Music Lover? He may really enjoy this one! LEO FENDER: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World.

Leo Fender invented the electric guitar. But what made him even more special is that his guitars were used by giants ― spanning decades of music from Elvis to Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix to Keith Richards ― all the greats of rock and roll!  When Rolling Stone Magazine published a list of the world’s top 100 guitarists, 90 of them used one of Leo’s guitars ― and the rest used guitars that basically copied Leo’s invention.

While Fender guitars were recognized around the world, few people knew much about the man behind the legendary guitar. Leo Fender grew up in California, where an interest in electronics led him to open up a radio repair shop in 1938. But he didn’t just work on radios; his reputation earned him the respect of musicians and band leaders who trusted him to repair their equipment. As time went on he founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company and later, G&L Musical Instruments.

Now, Leo’s wife Phyllis, along with Randall Bell, Ph.D., give music fans a memory-filled look into the remarkable world of this quiet genius in their latest book, Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World. Randall Bell also grew up in Leo’s neighborhood and his father was the head of the R&D department at Fender’s company.

While this quirky genius invented the electric guitar that helped produce fist-pumping rock and roll for music icons around the world, in reality this shy, unassuming inventor was nearly deaf and wore a glass eye. Leo was a workaholic and lived very simply. In fact, when he sold his company for $300 million, he was living in a trailer and continued to do so for some time. The book does a great job of showing the private side of this iconic genius, and what made him tick!

Fender’s game-changing contributions to the music world have been widely recognized. He was presented with the Country Music Association Pioneer Award in 1981, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock Walk of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His accomplishments were also acknowledged with a Technical Grammy Award in 2009.

Leo Fender died in 1991. Today, Phyllis Fender volunteers at the Fullerton Museum where she shares with visitors stories about her life with Leo. She also has held numerous positions at her church and serves as the Honorary Chairman of G&L Guitars, based in Fullerton, California.

You can find it at

Does Dad love Nature? This one will be a hit! 

National Parks of the USA
Price: $30
Discover the beauty and diversity of America’s great outdoors in this tour of its most iconic national parks. Explore Florida’s river-laced Everglades, travel down the white water rapids of the Grand Canyon, trek across the deserts of Death Valley and scale the soaring summits of the Rocky Mountains with this book that brings you up close to nature’s greatest adventures. Packed with maps and fascinating facts about the flora and fauna unique to each park, this fully-illustrated coast-to-coast journey documents the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places—and shows why they should be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Parks include: Acadia, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Channel Islands, Death Valley, Denali, Everglades, Glacier, Glacier Bay, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky, Mountains, Hawaii volcanoes, Isle Royal, Mesa Verde, Olympic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Virgin Islands, Yellowstone and Yosemite.

If Dad likes to hike then check out  Ranger Rick Kids’ Guide to Hiking
Price: $14.95
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Description: Ranger Rick Kids’ Guide to Hiking shows you everything you need to know to have the most amazing hiking experiences! The book includes a real working compass that will help you find your way. Hiking is more than just a walk in the woods. Every outing is an adventure, and you never know what a hike will bring. By reading this book, you’ll learn where to go to hike, when to go, what to wear, and what to bring with you. You’ll also learn how to take care of nature and how to stay safe while on the trail. But best of all, this book shows you how you can have the most fun while hiking. For some kids, hiking itself might be adventure enough. But you can also bring along a nature journal or create land art. Bring a special hiking buddy with you—one who knows lots of good jokes, riddles, and games to pass the time. You can hike with your pooch, and believe it or not, you can even hike with llamas! The more you know about hiking, the more fun you can have on your adventures. So read the tips in this book at home before you go, and then head for the great outdoors and use the compass to help you find your way. Happy hiking!

Does Dad like to build things? This book is great for the Dad who likes to complete DIY projects! BLACK+DECKER has home improvement covered with the ultimate indoor/outdoor DIY book set. This handsome two-volume boxed set is a complete indoor/outdoor reference library for do-it-yourselfers in one affordable package. Boasting 1,160 pages of detailed how-to instructions and photos, this go-to information source has the answer to any home improvement question you may have, from fixing home wiring to showing you how to build a treehouse.

One of my favorite choices is The Yacht Rock Book!  Does Dad like the music of the 70’s and 80’s? The Yacht Rock Book is a must-read! I found this one an interesting read! So if Dad loves music from bands such as The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac..then this one would make the perfect gift!

Find out more here.


DUDE by Aaron Reynolds, illus. By Dan Santat (Roaring Brook Press, April 3, 2018, Ages 4-8)

This one is a simple book with only one word..Dude(s) but it is a fun book and I also love the characters and the detailed illustrations! This ingenious picture book tells a complex and hilarious story using only one word: DUDE. And there’s an amazing creative team: Caldecott honor author, Author Reynolds and Caldecott Medal author, Dan Santat.
What could be more fun than a platypus, beaver, and a shark surfing together? Kids will have a fun time figuring out all the different ways to say “dude.”

HOOKED by Tommy Greenwald; illustrated by David McPhail (Roaring Brook Press, January 9, 2018, Ages 2-6)
This is a cute story about Father and Son bonding on a fishing trip. This one would be a wonderful book for Father’s Day! I also like that it encourages children to try new things and learning to enjoy the experience completely. Author Tommy Greenwald’s gentle humor will appeal to parents and kids alike. Veteran illustrator David McPhail brings a classic feel to this book through his art.
I have featured this cute story before but this would make a great gift idea especially for new Fathers!
YOUR BABY’S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA by Jimmy Fallon (Feiwel & Friends, June 9, 2015, Ages 1-3) #1 New York Times Bestseller! Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, and one of the most popular entertainers in the world, is also a father. His children’s book is funny and warm and adorable—just like he is. Illustrator Miguel Ordóñez’s art will charm readers of all ages.

I WONDER: CELEBRATING DADDIES DOIN’ WORK by Doyin Richards (Feiwel & Friends, May 3, 2016, Ages 3-5)Doyin Richards is a dad whose mission is to celebrate “how fatherhood is the coolest and most rewarding gig a man will ever have in his lifetime.” This one is perfect for Father’s Day but would also be great year-round! This is an adorable picture book and I highly recommend for children and their Dads! 

Happy Father’s Day!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post.

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