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Best Books for 5 Year Olds
What Are Good Books for 5 Year Olds?
This article features many of the best books for 5 year olds. 5 year olds love all kinds of books. Interactive books are particularly great where 5 year olds can join in the story or do actions and sounds. Books that are laugh out loud funny are also good choices. There are lots of classic books which are timeless and today's 5 year olds love as much as the generations that have gone before them.
Many five year olds still enjoy picture books but many are now ready for their parents to read them longer stories or their first chapter books. My own 5 year old boy likes all kinds of book. He still loves simple picture books, he likes to have a go at reading his own stories but has also enjoyed being read a couple of chapters from a longer book at bedtime. What five year olds like will vary widely depending on their likes, dislikes, personalities and attention span but hopefully there are ideas in the article below for everybody.
Read on for lots of ideas and inspiration of the best books for 5 year olds.
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Dr Seuss has written numerous books which are always a huge hit with 5 year olds. A classic author which is still loved by each new generation.
This is the classic story of the cat that transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and chaotic adventure.
This is one of the best books for 5 year olds as its also great for children who are learning to read. The vocabulary is simple and children will listen to it and learn it through repetition.
This book was read to the children by the teachers at my son's school when he was 5.
They also used it to teach them about words that rhyme too!
Find and Search Books for 5 Year Olds
There are some great find and search books, that five year olds will love.
My 5 year old boy currently loves search and find books and the classic one of these is Where's Waldo (see below).
There are lots of similar books that are worth checking out. I Spy treasure hunt gives you lots of things to look for and find on each page.
This book was released for the Where's Waldo 25th anniversary which shows you that this is a book which has stood the test of time. You can't get much more testament to how good a book is than that.
Many parents will remember it from their own childhood. Find where waldo is hiding on each page. As well as Waldo there are other characters to spot.
This is a bestselling book in which readers such for hidden objects on 12 different photographs
Top Picture Books
Picture books are still very age appropriate for 5 year olds. My son loves the visual nature of picture books. The illustrations help fire children's imaginations and they can also make great talking points to start discussions about the story.
My son's teacher told me that when they learn to read, looking at pictures is an important part of helping them with their literacy. Looking at pictures helps children make sense of a story and is a great first support for text reading.
"One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." And begins this lovely story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. 5 year olds will be amazed by how Harold can create a world with an oversized purple crayon. A classic tale which has stood the test of time. One of the best books for 5 year olds in the last 50 years.
The Curious George stories are timeless classics that 5 year olds will love. This tells the story of a birthday party. A man in a yellow hat tells George he is planning a surprise. But what is it? George is curious and hunts for clues, hat, noisemakers, decorations, and games. It must be a birthday party but who's??
Perhaps, the best book to give 5 year olds on their birthday!
Being 5 years old has many challenges and this book addresses them.
"It's hard to be five. I'm little no more. Good old days are gone. 'Bye one, two, three, four."
Becoming independent, having brothers and sisters, self control and starting schools are some of the issues that 5 year olds have to deal with. This book covers all these in a funny, hilarious story. Another of the best books for 5 year olds.
Alexander is having a bad day. He wakes up with gum in his hair, he was squashed in the middle of a car journey, his best friend deserted him and there was no dessert in his lunch bag.
I think this is a popular choice with kids and adults because we can all identify with days where everything seems to go wrong.
I think this book is also a good conversation starter. We can talk to our kids about how we can make bad days better and realize thinks that go wrong aren't really that bad.
Chapter Books for 5 Year Olds
At 5 years old many children will now have the attention span to start being read chapter books. It may be a stretch for some but it's often worth trying as your child may surprise you. They are also a bit more interesting to read then looking at the same picture books over and over again. You could try reading a chapter each night before bedtime.
Good authors include Roald Dahl, EB White, Beverly Cleary and Mary Pope Osbourne. Check out some ideas from these authors below.
This is the first Roald Dahl book we read to my son (at about 5 years and 4 months) and he loved it.
There are quite a few illustrations throughout the book (more than in other Dahl books) - which he likes to look at. The story moves quite quickly to keep attention and we actually read more than one chapter at a time as my son wanted to keep on reading.
This book is now over 60 years old and still loved by kids today so has stood the test of generations.
Charlotte's Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur -and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. The story tells of the ingenious way Charlotte saves Wibur's life and stops him from becoming bacon!
Ramona the Pest tells of Ramona's first days of kindergarten
Jack and his sister Annie are just regular kids. Then they discover a mysterious tree house filled with all sorts of books...and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house and having amazing adventures.
Boys especially will love the hilarious adventures with the amazing Captain Underpants.
I have just read Flat Stanley to my 5 year old son. We read 1, 2 or 3 chapters each night before bed and I really enjoyed it. It was just at the right level and age for him.
It is a chapter book and tells the story of Stanley Lampchop who has a bulletin board fall on top of him when he was asleep. When his parents go to him in the morning they realise the bulletin board has made him completely flat. Thus, begins lots of new adventures. He goes on vacation to visit some family be being mailed in an envelope. He helps catch a thieve at the local art gallery as he is so flat he can pretend to be on of the paintings.
My 5 year old really enjoyed this book and has requested the next on in the series.
Books for 5 Year Old Boys in the UK
- Best Books for 5 Year Old Boys in the UK
Are you from the UK? Check out this website with lots of ideas of the best books for 5 year old boys in the UK
An interactive book for 5 year olds by Mo Williems
This is a interactive book with participation required. The bus driver has to leave the bus and asks the reader not to let the piegon drive the bus. But, the Pigeon keeps asking the reader if he can drive--and 5 year olds will love answering him.
My own 5 year old loves this book. There aren't many words but he loves telling the piegon he can't drive the bus. I'm not quite sure what the exact appeal is but its one of his favorites.
It's also a good book to get them to read to you.
Mr Men - Great Story Books
My 5 year old boy loves the Mr Men and Little Miss books.
We bought the whole set of both and it's been a really good investment. We read these books all the time. They are the perfect length for a bedtime story too. Not too long but long enough to calm my son down before bed.
My son's favorite is currently Mr Silly and mine is Mr Bump!
MY son's favorite Mr Men story.
Mr Silly wants to win his town's competition for the silliest idea of the year. What will he come up with?
Non Fiction Books for 5 Year Olds
There are some great non fiction books for 5 year olds.
When choosing non fiction look for topics which they are interested in and look for really visual books too.
This book is aimed at younger children and has lots of bright images for kids.
There are lots of answers to questions such as Why do I need to eat vegetables, why does a doctor need to look at my throat, why do planes fly, why is a beach made of sand, why do cows make milk and lots more.
It's divided into the sections Amazing Me, How Things Work, Animals All Around and Wonders of the World.
Educational Books For 5 Year Olds
There are some fantastic educational and factual books for 5 year olds that you can read to them and some with text that they can read to you. Many of them mix non fiction and fiction to appeal to 5 year olds and their imagination.
Check out the magic school bus book below.
The magic school bus is a science series which takes kids on a trip with the magic school bus.
In this s The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine and transports the class back millions of years to an adventure where they learn about dinosaurs, their habitats and diets,
Other books in the series cover the human body, solar system, the senses, the ocean floor, the Earth and lots more
Books for 5 Year Old Girls
A story book which may appeal more to 5 year old girls.
In Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie, the cousins plan a tea party with lots of pink, glitter, chocolate, and cotton candy.
At the time of writing (Feb 2013) this book is a bestseller on amazon and is in the New York Times Bestseller list for picture books.
Bestselling Books 2014
If you're looking for books for 5 year olds it's always worth checking out the New York Times Bestseller Lists for Children's books to see what is currently popular to give you more ideas. Another idea is to check out the amazon bestseller lists for kids.
Check out what's currently top of the New York Bestseller list in 2014.
This is a very popular book at the moment.
Duncan's crayons have had enough! They are on strike. They have each written to him telling him their grievances. Red crayon doesn't enjoy coloring out of the lines. Beige crayon comes 2nd best to the brown crayon and doesn't like it. Peach is naked!
Poor Duncan just wants to color!
Tips for Choosing Books for 5 Year Olds
5 year olds differ widely in the books they enjoy due to their personalities, their concentration span when reading, whether they can read or are just starting to learn, whether they like picture books or prefer to read something longer.
Therefore when choosing a book online for a 5 year old, I would recommend the following tips to make sure it's the right book for the child.Read reviews. Amazon.com normally have lots of reviews of books so you can have a quick look through to see what other people thought of the book to help inform your decision. Look at the number of book pages. If you want a shorter bedtime story book, make sure the book doesn't have too many pages (unless you plan to read it over a few nights) Check out the age appropriate bestseller lists for ideas. The New York Times Bestseller book list is a good place to start. You can often find videos of people reading childrens books on you tube. This will show what the book is like exactly to help inform your decision. You can also show them to your 5 year old to see if they like them before you buy. You can also make sure you will enjoy reading them too.
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