Books for Dad this Father’s Day

Books for Dad this Father’s Day

In the spirit of Father’s Day this weekend, here’s a look at some books that deal with the many facets of fatherhood. We recommend these not only as gifts any dad would enjoy for Father’s Day, but also just as good reads for dads anytime!

51EX7L1m3dL“Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees… And Other Conversations We Forgot to Have”

This book, by CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Bill Geist and his son, Today Show host Willie Geist, tackles father-son conversations in a unique way. Told in a conversational, back-and-forth style between the father/son duo, the book showcases the pair  riffing on fatherhood, religion, music, sports, summer camp disasters, driving lessons gone horribly wrong, being on TV, and their wonderfully odd family life. Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees… And Other Conversations We Forgot to Have is an excellent look at the relationship between fathers and sons, and perfect for Father’s Day.


51jpbP0MLBLThe Parents’ Phrase Book: Hundreds of Easy, Useful Phrases, Scripts, and Techniques for Every Situation

Have you ever needed just the right answer when your child asks you something, but you just can’t quite put the answer into the right words?  With The Parents’ Phrase Book, you no longer have to worry about coming up with the right response on the spot. The Parents’ Phrase Book gives you an inside track to all the things you’ll need to know so your kids never catch you off guard with a question or concern ever again. Author and parenting expert Whit Honea offers perfect examples in this handy guide that will prove invaluable for any dad.

41Y61zfFy1LFrom Dude to Dad: The Diaper Dude Guide to Pregnancy

Written by Diaper Dude creator Chris Pegula, From Dude to Dad is a fantastic guide to new fatherhood. It gives you the need-to-know essentials on pregnancy, birthing, and parenthood, and how it’s okay to be scared out of your mind. You’ll learn what the expecting mom is going through during each trimester, how you can be the best partner and dad-to-be, and how to immediately start bonding with baby. This one’s perfect for all the new dads out there! 


61uj3c0KtKLDad’s Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Superhero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws, 25+ Do-It Yourself Projects for Families

Dads are certainly a crafty bunch, in the best of ways– and Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects helps you indulge that tinkering side by teaching you how to build all kinds of things with your kids!  From wooden “swords” to slay the most vicious of dragons to circus stilts that will send you soaring to new heights, these projects are sure to spark everyone’s creative spirit. And the fun doesn’t stop there! This book shows you and your kids how to build:

  • Comic book shoes
  • Rope swings
  • Homemade goo slime
  • Eggshell cupcakes
  • Ol’-fashioned fruit crate scooter

Perfect for inspiring endless hours of summertime (and anytime!) fun, giving a dad this book also offers tons of valuable family time together with his children.

51akrHyW3TLThe Guide to Baby Sleep Positions: Survival Tips for Co-Sleeping Parents

Written by Andy Herald and Charlie Capen of, The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions offers hilarious infographics, descriptions, and more about the trials and tribulations of sleeping with a baby in the bed. The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions features some of the most popular posts from their site (we can’t leave out “H is for Hell” or “Jazz Hands”), but two-thirds of the content will be unique to the book, and ALL of the positions will be accompanied by new text.  These two Dads NAIL IT! If you’ve ever had a need to co-sleep with your baby/toddler/child, you know that this stuff happens, but whether you’ve experienced these bedtime contortions or not yet, you’ll find some humor and fun in this book!

51MWOYsDWJLDadLabs (TM) Guide to Fatherhood

Stuck in a rough situation parenting-wise and not sure who to ask? We’ve got the perfect book for you. Full of hilarious and practical information inspired by their award-winning Web site, DadLabs Guide to Fatherhood will teach you:

•  Why sex is overrated (and other lies new fathers tell themselves)
•  The incredibly disgusting varieties of baby poop
•  Why washing bottles will not make your balls fall off
•  Essential OB/GYN office survival tips
•  Things you should never ever say during labor
•  Why other parents’ children are inferior to yours
•  And much, much more!

51ezzIb9KWLBobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew

Bobblehead Dad tells the story of how author Jim Higley went from being a bobblehead who just put on a smiling face and bobbled through his hectic, overflowing days to reanalyzing and living his life in the wake of a cancer diagnosis.  Written in an informal but eloquent style, Bobblehead Dad keeps you laughing, crying and–most importantly–thinking. Higley’s distinctive storytelling rhythm, combined with a knack for handling heavy topics with an embraceable voice, quickly draws you into his experiences–while launching you on your own journey of self-discovery and reflection. It’s a great read that reaffirms the importance of fatherhood and dads taking care of their families even in today’s crazy world.



Calling all Entrepreneurs – I’ve got the book for you… The Entrepreneur Equation by Carol Roth

Calling all Entrepreneurs – I’ve got the book for you… The Entrepreneur Equation by Carol Roth

I was sent a copy of Carol Roth’s new book The Entrepreneur Equation to read and review. Carol gives the reader a no holds barred look at what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. This is the book that doesn’t dance around the secret sauce it tells you what you need to put in to make it all work. You can go to business school get your MBA and I would still say you need to read this book.

Why should you even listen to Carol? Carol has an amazing background in not only helping entrepreneurs like you, but she’s helped companies raise over $1 billion in capital. She knows her stuff, which is why MSNBC, FOX Business and many other business outlets consistently feature Carol’s advice.

I believe this book should be required reading for both aspiring and existing business owners.  There is some great stuff going on including some special offers – say a limited edition doll if you purchase 10 books at a time.  Since I have the feeling you’ll be watching Carol from you’re living room this time next year – it might truly be a great collectors item.

Carol wants entrepreneurs to succeed and while the book might make you a bit discourage you from quitting your day job its all about taking the risk to be an entrepreneur a person who is simultaneously passionate and realistic will do the work laid out in the book can use it to become successful. This is not a get rich quick book, there is no buy 12 sell to 12 and have them sell to their 12 pyramid schemes. This is a book that will challenge you in ways that you may not have thought and because of that it is a good book to read.

10 Days of Gifting! Scholastic Prize Packs Giveaway – 3 packs for different ages

10 Days of Gifting! Scholastic Prize Packs Giveaway – 3 packs for different ages

Welcome to the seventh day out of our 10 days of gifting  – Today we have three different prize packs from Scholastic (we’ll have 3 different winners)…

Little Ones:
Here Comes Christmas by Caroline Jayne Church.  A little boy imagines what he’ll receive for Christmas: a dragon to ride, a lollipop tree–but can these things be? Caroline Jayne Church’s incredible art appeal to kids and parents alike, and the touch-and-feels on every spread keep readers enthralled! $7.99
Little Scholastic: Stacking Shapes by Salina Yoon.  A literary spin on a classic toy, Little Scholastic: Stacking Shapes is an active read for any young child. Children can sort and stack the four primary-colored die-cut board books on a solid post, and read each one to learn about shapes and colors! $12.99.

It’s Christmas David! by David Shannon.  Readers of all ages will vividly remember trying to peek at hidden gift packages; writing scrolls of wish lists to Santa; and struggling to behave at formal Christmas dinner parties. Always in the background, we know Santa Claus is watching, soon to decide if David deserves a shiny new fire truck or a lump of coal under the tree. From playing with delicate ornaments to standing in an endlessly long line for Santa, here are common Christmas activities–but with David’s naughty trimmings. $16.99.

For Bigger Kids:
I Spy Spooky Mansion Wii Game – Discover a thrilling I SPY adventure hidden in a mysterious old house! A clever skeleton traps you inside his spooky mansion with a challenge to find his secret way out. In first-person play, explore each room of the house to reveal its 33 I SPY riddles. Solve I SPY riddles, earn clues and play brain-teasing game to uncover the mansion’s secret escape! $29.99

Klutz: Music Video – Whether you lip-sync or play your own tunes, you can create an awesome video starring your awesome self. Learn how to develop storyboards, add drama with special angles and create clever camera tricks. All you need is a basic video camera and a dream. In addition to the software, the book comes with a green screen. This humble swatch of technological magic allows you to swap out the green background for any imagery you choose. Pick one of the 25 backgrounds provided, or put yourself in any setting you want — all from the comfort of your own family room. Rock on!  $16.99

Teens & Tweens:
The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set by Suzanne Collins.  From start to finish, this New York Times bestselling, trilogy (that already has a movie in the works and a growing celebrity fan base) will give readers chills as they follow teen protagonist Katniss Everdeen on her journey to survive The Hunger Games.  Katniss must fight to the death in The Games while trying to save her friends, family and herself.  $53.97

All these great books can be found on the Scholastic Store (or at the scholastic store if you’re lucky enough to have one near by)

Every day at random times we’ll be announcing a giveaway – it’ll only be for 24 hours! Also we’ll be switching up how to enter to win the prize. You may be asked to comment on a facebook post over at or to post&follow @dadarocks on or you may just have to leave a comment on the thread.

For today we’ll pick one lucky winner that goes to and on the wall “ I want to win the Scholastic Books from ” or you can tweet “ I want to win the Scholastic Books Prize Pack from @scholastic thanks to @dadarocks at ” and don’t forget you must follow @dadarocks as well and come back to leave a comment with which prize pack you’d like to win!

(remember in order to write on the wall you must become a fan!)

Thanks to scholastic for providing these awesome prize packs! but sorry this is limited to United States only.

Could the iPad really change how we read? I think so!

Could the iPad really change how we read? I think so!

I wasn’t one of the many who posted specs day one and started to imagine the possibility of what this could mean. I’ll totally admit it I’m an apple fan boy, I think they’re made great products and changed the way many have used computers but I wasn’t sold just yet on the iPad they missed major things like video conferencing and some form of flash support.

Now a week plus after the release I’ve heard all the good and all the bad people have to say about the product (the good out weights the bad by a long shot).

My son loves our iPhones knows that the home button will turn off his game or movie/tv show (even though he still pushes it from time to time). He’s starting to learn the concept of interactive play with some of the games I’ve put in my prior iPhone/iPod Touch post [Link].

Now I’m starting to look and think about the iPad, the possibilities are limitless instead of kids carrying around backpacks ready to break their backs everyday. They need just one device loaded with rich content, and my example of just how it will it change how kids read? Take a look at this video clip…

Thats pretty awesome stuff could you imagine if all the children books became just a little more animated. Could you imagine a science text book that had interactions embedded into the content to show students how something worked? How about math books where the graphic calculator was built into the book?