Here's a list of dad-related titles, either written by fathers, about fatherhood, or that speak to the importance of fathers in the lives of their children. They can be great gifts and worthy additions to your ever growing list of must-reads.

Shadow Valley

By Steven Barnes

In this sequel to "Great Sky Woman," a prehistoric world is the backdrop for an imaginative tale of love and survival.

Brain Surgeon: A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles

By Keith Black, MD with Arnold Mann

Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Black brings readers into his surgical world. He offers insight into his high-risk career and provides testimony to the determined spirit of his patients.

The Greatest Gift I Could Offer: Quotations from Barack Obama on Parenting and Family

Edited by Olivia M. Cloud

Although he didn't know his dad very well, the president and father of two offers thoughts and wisdom about the one job you can't train for: parenting.

God Gave Me Some Bad Advice

By Byron Harmon

The Army veteran turned television producer tells his story of growing up in Louisiana, following in his father's footsteps and joining the military, going to war, losing his father, rekindling his faith, and embarking on a successful journalism career.

Also check out:

-W. Ralph Eubanks discusses his family's legacy, including that of his remarkable grandfather, in "The House at the End of the Road."

- In her debut nonfiction work, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?," novelist Danzy Senna embarks on a journey to understand her father.

-Melvin Van Peebles, father of actor Mario Van Peebles, talks about his upcoming graphic novel project.

-More reading suggestions from Books on the Root.

With Father's Day rapidly approaching, what are some other great reads to give the dads in your life?

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