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The relationship between a father and his children can be very special. This Father's Day, a number of picture books celebrate those special bonds.

"LET'S HAVE A DADDY DAY," by Karen Kingsbury and Dan Andreasen, Zonderkidz, $15.99 (ages 4-8)

There are so many things to do with Daddy on Daddy Day. You can build a fort in the old backyard tree or search for tadpoles in the nearby creek. You could visit a lake and play Army rangers or a round or two of baseball. Accompanied by classic illustrations, charming rhymes remind readers there's lots of ways to have fun with Daddy.

"YOUR DADDY WAS JUST LIKE YOU," by Kelly Bennett and David Walker, Putnam Juvenile, $16.99 (ages 3-5)

It's pretty hard to believe, but did you know your daddy was just like you? He crawled, then walked and then talked, too. He even found his way to timeout when he raised a ruckus. And, oh, did he have an imagination! Kids love to hear about their parents when they were young, and this fun book with sweet and humorous illustrations will delight both children and parents.

"MY FATHER IS TALLER THAN A TREE," by Joseph Bruchac and Wendy Halperin, Dial, $16.99 (ages 3-5)

Meet 13 unique father-and-son pairs who live in different places. Even though they are not all the same, their relationships show no matter how simple activities may be, they become special when dads and kids do them together. Beautiful pencil and crayon drawings bring each vignette to life, adding context where the words leave off.

"STARS ABOVE US," by Geoffrey Norman and E.B. Lewis, Putnam, $16.99 (ages 5-8)

Amanda is afraid of the dark. But her dad knows that there are wonderful, fun things that come out in the dark — things like fireflies, crickets and stars. When Amanda's father has to go away, he even puts glowing paper stars on Amanda's bedroom ceiling, so she can look at their special star while he's away. That way they'll know they're thinking of each other thousands of miles apart.

"JUST DAD AND ME: The Fill-in, Tear-out, Fold-up Book of Fun for Girls and Their Dads," by Stacy Peterson and Erin Falligant, Pleasant Company Publications, $10.95 (ages 9-12)

Designed to help girls gain more one-on-one time with their dads, this book is full of fun activities that can be done together. From treasure hunts and note cards to testing knowledge of each other and care coupons, these games and activities are just a starting point for what could turn into hours of fun.

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