Best Books for 5-Year-Olds

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“Scribble Stones” tells the story of a happy stone who is stuck being a boring paperweight. As it wants to be something more than that, it meets scribble and splatter, inspiring him to bring color and art somewhere off the page: onto himself! The happy stone then gets others to join in, giving way to loads of colorful, creative, inspiring stones. This cute story also includes instructions on how to create your own scribble stones art project, bringing color and art to your everyday life.

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“Kindergarten, Here I Come” is a fantastic way for your child to prepare for kindergarten. It will be different from preschool, and some children may be nervous about it, but this book outlines the favorite, fun milestones and common memories kindergarteners will make. Even if children have finished or are currently in kindergarten, they’ll appreciate the relatable content as they reflect on their class memories.

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“Giraffes Can’t Dance” is a charming book that teaches kids everyone can be wonderful in different ways. The story features Gerald the Giraffe, who just wants to get on the dance floor and dance. The only problem is that Gerald can’t dance. Other animals in the Jungle Dance tease him about being clumsy and tell him to get off the floor. But a word from an unlikely source, a grasshopper, makes Gerald feel better. This is the perfect book for teaching children about self-esteem in a fun way. The illustrations are colorful, and your child will enjoy getting to know Gerald.

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“The Magic Tree House” boxed set contains four books that are full of adventure and educational themes. Kids will love heading off to the treehouse with Jack and Annie, then being sucked into some historical location to right past wrongs. These four books are a great introduction to chapter books — perfect for reading aloud — and are just the beginning of a journey your child will love embarking on.

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In “The Day the Crayons Quit,” Duncan just wants to settle in and color. But when he opens his crayon box, he finds his crayons are on strike, mad at one another, and refusing to color even one more picture. Now, poor Duncan has to find a way to get his crayons to do their jobs once again. This is a hilarious, award-winning story that will have children thinking about the conversations they could have with their own crayons.

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In “Have You Seen My Dinosaur?” one little boy goes on a quest to find the pet dinosaur he is missing. The pet dinosaur has decided to play a game of hide-and-seek. You would think finding a huge dinosaur would be easy, but this little boy is finding it quite difficult. The simple words in this delightful rhyming tale make it easy for children to learn and discover the magic of reading for themselves.

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“How to Babysit a Grandma” is a silly, delightful book that turns expected roles upside down. The funny tips will have children giggling while learning to develop relationships with their elders. This New York Times bestseller celebrates the relationship between a child and her grandma in an entertaining way children will love. It’s an easy-to-read book that is designed to help children see time with grandparents from a different angle. This book is recommended for children from 5 to 7 years old.

Expert Commentary

“Five-year-olds are so early in their reading journey that positive experiences are paramount. Leaning heavily on caregivers, teachers and others around the child for feedback is vital. With the right start, soon the child will be charting their own course and choices in books.”



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