There are a lot of interesting places to visit in the world that can become a wonderful discovery for a child. A trip to the local library can take your kid outside of the realm of his/her bedroom and let them experience new books and places they have never been to.
The earlier you can get your child to start reading, the better. Reading is an important skill to have and is something that many people get great satisfaction and benefits from throughout their lives. It can be difficult at first to inspire children to read – my wife and I found out early – but this list of books that we have compiled should be more than enough to spark a love of reading in your 5-year-old.
What are the Best Books for 5-year-olds?
Author: David Mckee
What We Like LessThere could perhaps be a greater emphasis on language and words in Elmer. It is very visual, which makes it a better option for those who are trying to help their children to enjoy reading, or to enjoy the great pictures in the book.
Why You Are Going to Like itYou are going to like this book if you enjoy beautiful illustrations and an uplifting story. Gift Idea: Elmer Books Collection Set
Title: Very Tricky, Alfie Atkins
Author: Gunilla Bergstrom
What We Like LessThe book could perhaps have some more emphasis on visuals, as it can be difficult for 5-year-olds to read for extended periods without some pictures to look at.
Why You Are Going to Like itYou are going to like Alfie if you enjoy stories that are clever, uplifting, and positive.
Title: The Dot
Author: Peter H Reynolds
What We Like LessThe story of The Dot is perhaps a bit abstract, and therefore might not be quite so suited to those who enjoy a narrative which is especially strong and clear.
Why You Are Going to Like itThe Dot combines great visuals with very strong and creative storytelling. This makes it a wonderful choice to encourage children to explore the world around them and their creative potential. Gift Idea: Peter Reynolds Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color)
Title: Dragons Love Tacos
Author: Adam Rubin
What We Like LessThe story in the book is very whimsical, so there is not much of a message to the narrative.
Why You Are Going to Like itYou are going to like this story if you enjoy beautiful and fun illustrations, and a charming world that you can share with your 5-year-old. Gift Ideas:
Title: The Storm Whale
Author: Benji Davies
What We Like LessThere could be a greater emphasis on the narrative in this story, as the visuals take up a lot of attention.
Why You Are Going to Like itYou are going to like it if you enjoy books with a unique story and a fantastic and original art style.
Title: Green Eggs and Ham
Author: Dr. Seuss
What We Like LessThe story is a little bizarre and the art style can be a bit strange to some, too.
Why You Are Going to Like itYou are going to like it if you like great stories with unique and interesting concepts behind them. Gift Ideas:
Title: Something Else
Author: Kathryn Cave
What We Like LessThe story does not fit well with younger kids.
Why You Are Going to Like itIt is a straightforward story with a beautiful lesson. But this book can also end up teaching your child about labels. My kids love it!
Title: The Day the Crayons Quit
Author: Drew Daywalt
What We Like LessThe story might be a bit hard for 5-year-olds to understand without some guidance from an adult.
Why You Are Going to Like itIt is a charming and unique story with a slightly ethical message behind it, in a way that children can easily understand. The fabulous illustrations and unique concept make it an entertaining read for your kid. Gift Ideas:
Title: Giraffes Can’t Dance
Author: Giles Andreae
What We Like LessIt is quite whimsical and might not be as suited to those looking for a story with more of a message.
Why You Are Going to Like itThe art style is great, and the book could be a good introduction to exotic animals for many children. Gift Idea: Giraffes Can’t Dance: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition
I hope you like the above listings. As soon as we read something awesome I will update this page.