Joe Kelly (author)

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This article is about the author of books on fathering. For the comic book author, see Joe Kelly (writer).

Joe Kelly (born 1954) is an American author known primarily for books on fathering.


Kelly was born in Northern New Jersey, and grew up in Ohio and Southern New Jersey. He attended LeMoyne College and graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Superior.[citation needed] Before working on girls’ and fathering issues, Kelly was a reporter, producer, and regional news director for Minnesota Public Radio.[citation needed]

He was co-founder, with Michael Kieschnick, of a national advocacy nonprofit for fathers and daughters in the United States, Dads and Daughters (DADs),[1][2] which operated from 1999 until 2008. In 1993, he helped his wife Nancy Gruver to found New Moon magazine, edited by girls 8 to 14 years old.[citation needed]


Kelly is the author of several books on fathering.

  • Kelly, Joe (May 14, 2002). Dads and Daughters: How to Inspire, Understand, and Support Your Daughter When She's Growing Up So Fast (hardcover 1st. ed.). Broadway. ISBN 0-7679-0833-3. 
  • Kelly, Joe (January 7, 2014). The Idiot’s Guide to Pregnancy for Dads (paperback ed.). Alpha. ISBN 978-1615644346. 
  • Kelly, Joe (April 2, 2013). The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being a New Dad (paperback ed.). Alpha. ISBN 978-1615642472. 
  • Kelly, Joe (May 4, 2004). Pocket Idiot’s Guide for the Expectant Father (paperback ed.). Alpha. ISBN 1-59257-224-3. 
  • Maine, Margo; Joe Kelly (June 28, 2005). The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to Be Perfect (hardcover ed.). John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-69158-5. 
  • Kelly, Joe (May 14, 2007). The Dads & Daughters Togetherness Guide: 54 Fun Activities to Help Build a Great Relationship (paperback 1st. ed.). Broadway. ISBN 0-7679-2469-X. 
  • Wildes, Lyle; Joe Kelly (January 1, 2009). The Positive Attitude Development Workbook (paperback 1st. ed.). Duluth, MN: Whole Person Associates. ISBN 978-1570252280. 

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Parenting magazine’s 1995 Parenting Achievement Award: 1995 with wife Nancy Gruver
  •’s Dad of the Year: 2001
  • Women’s Sports Foundations Title IX Father of the Year: 2004
  • Eating Disorders Coalition’s Activist of the Year award: 2004
  • New Moon is the only child-edited publication to win the Parent’s Choice Foundation Gold Award multiple times.


Kelly and his wife have twin daughters, who were born in 1980.


  1. ^ "Dad, Do You Think I Look Too Fat?". New York Times. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Father of Dads and Daughters". Superior Alumni. Fall 2007. 

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