Best Books for 5-Year-Olds

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Your child is starting on the journey toward reading independently, but this is a more important time than ever to keep reading books out loud to him. Here’s why:

  • Kids this age still enjoy beautiful picture books, but they can also focus on and enjoy chapter books.
  • Their listening comprehension is a lot higher than their own reading comprehension at this critical stage.
  • You will lay the foundation for their future success as a reader by reading books like these out loud and discussing them together.
The Hello, Goodbye Window
by Norton Juster

Norton Juster is best known for writing The Phantom Tollbooth, but he also won the Caldecott award for this sweet picture book about the adventures of a girl and her grandparents. The story emphasizes their relationship and the magical powers that she imagines exist in their kitchen window.

The Frog and Toad Treasury by Arnold LobelThe Frog and Toad Treasury
by Arnold Lobel

These stories are perfect for five-year-olds who are struggling with things like fairness, fears, and how to be a good friend. They can really relate to the charming illustrations and sensitive text on topics that matter to them. The stories are so timeless you can read them out loud now, and your child will happily return to them in a year or so when she is reading on her own.

Swimmy
by Leo Lionni

This beautiful classic teaches kids two important lessons that don’t always go together: being yourself is okay, even if you’re different from others–and working together, as a group is more powerful than going it alone. The vibrant illustrations and skilled writing draw kids in as they tag along on Swimmy’s journey. This story will give you a lot to talk about as you read it aloud.

That trademark blend of silly rhymes and important message is on full display in this inspiring book. Whether your child is in kindergarten, graduating from high school, or just looking for a pick-me-up in between—this is your book. The language here is perfect for helping young readers develop rhyming and expression. And the important message that overcoming challenges is all part of the journey to greatness is priceless.

Winnie the Pooh
by A.A. Milne

Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, and of course Winnie himself are a magical cast of characters. Their adventures meandering through the Hundred Acre Wood are timeless, relaxing, and engaging for kids and parents alike. No matter what your child is like or what bothers him, the distinct personalities and the challenges that come up in the stories will give him something he can relate to as you read.

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