Father’s Day is fast approaching and here at Penguin we have come up with our top picture book dads to celebrate…

From Roald Dahl to Eric Hill and Beatrix Potter, our top 10 list is full of childhood favourites – and maybe some unexpected characters…

SpotLovesHIsdada1. Spot’s Dad

From our beloved Eric Hill, this is a heart-warming story of Spot and his dad. Whether it is playing ball in the park, feeding the ducks or reading bedtime stories – it is very clear Spot loves his dad.

Our lovely friends at Puffin are also celebrating the life of author Eric Hill, and his buddy – Spot, over on their blog.


danny-champion-195x3002. Danny’s Dad from Danny The Champion of the World

This says it all:

“What I have been trying so hard to tell you all along is simply that my father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had.”




3. Daddy Pig from Peppa Pig

If you have any children under the age of 5, you’ll already know about how much Peppa and George love their daddy…quirks and all. We think he ranks up there with the best of them.


Pod_Borrowers4. Pod from The Borrowers

Pod was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll’s teacup without breaking it. Girls weren’t supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule…what a guy!






5. Ernest from Ethel and Ernest by Raymond Briggs

It’s good to be reminded that some dads are salt-of-the-earth, top notch fellas. Milkman Ernest doesn’t shy away from a spot of drying up either.



6. Dad from Topsy and Tim by Jean Adamson

Perhaps the original 2.4 children, this well-known family is no doubt familiar to adults and children alike. First published in the 1960s, Topsy and Tim have recently been re-imagined and brought to the screen as a live-action series cBeebies.


7. Mr Biff from Biff the Boxer by Allan Ahlberg

There is nothing more heartening than a hand-drawn montage of father and family activity. The Biffs are certainly a supportive bunch – and Mr Biff makes it to our number 7 spot.


DennisDad8. Dennis’ dad from Dennis the Menace

Dennis’ dad is always on hand to give him a good talking down…even if it never makes a jot of difference.








9. Moominpappa from the Moomins by Tove Jansson

Moominpappa is a wanderer at heart. He has even written his memoirs to share the stories of his adventures. Always well turned out in his black top hat; Moominpappa is a unique dad full of intrigue and mystery.


10. Burglar Bill by Allan Ahlberg

Not the most conventional of fathers (Burglar Bill does steal the baby in the first instance), but his heart is undoubtedly in the right place. And as soon as he, Burglar Betty and the baby settle down and give up their pilfering ways, they are as loving a family as you will find in literature.


What do you think of our list? Did you agree with our list or have we missed someone special off? Let us know by tweeting @PenguinUKBooks with the hashtag #penguinfathers.


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