Best Books for your 5-year-old kid

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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?

What We Like

Elmer is a classic book, that generations of children have grown up on. The story is sweet and positive, and many of us can learn something from it. The pictures are charming and distinctive, and it is easy to follow along with the story thanks to these and the simple language.

What We Like Less

There 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 it

You are going to like this book if you enjoy beautiful illustrations and an uplifting story.

What We Like

This book has a really sweet and original story. There is some tension and ultimately a very happy ending. The story also has a great and positive message.

What We Like Less​

The 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 it

You are going to like Alfie if you enjoy stories that are clever, uplifting, and positive.

What We Like

The Dot is a wonderful and inspiring story about the power of creativity, and the potential that lies within all of us. It can help your child see that we all have the ability to create and explore the world around us.

What We Like Less​

The 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 it

The 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.

What We Like

Dragons Love Tacos is a sweet and charming story with simple and beautiful illustrations. It is fun and lighthearted and has a fun narrative that your child is going to love.

What We Like Less​

The story in the book is very whimsical, so there is not much of a message to the narrative.

Why You Are Going to Like it

You 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.

What We Like

The Storm Whale has beautiful and rich illustrations, and a story that is creative and moving. The art style is distinctive and unique, and really stands out amongst other picture books.

What We Like Less​

There 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 it

You are going to like it if you enjoy books with a unique story and a fantastic and original art style.

What We Like

The classic story by Doctor Seuss is beloved by generations of adults and children alike.

What We Like Less​

The story is a little bizarre and the art style can be a bit strange to some, too.

Why You Are Going to Like it

You are going to like it if you like great stories with unique and interesting concepts behind them.

What We Like

The day the crayons quit is a book written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. This story follows a boy named Duncan, who just really wants to draw. Once he opened his crayon box, he discovered that all of his crayons weren’t really happy anymore. That’s why Duncan has to find a way to make all of them happy again.

What We Like Less​

The story might be a bit hard for 5-year-olds to understand without some guidance from an adult.

Why You Are Going to Like it

It 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.

What We Like

The story is sweet and has a great message that kids can enjoy.

What We Like Less​

It 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 it

The art style is great, and the book could be a good introduction to exotic animals for many children.

I hope you like the above listings. As soon as we read something awesome I will update this page.

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