The 20 Best Books for 5 and 6-Year-Olds

It’s at the ages of 5 and 6 that reading takes on a whole new dimension. It’s at these ages that not only are children learning to read but they are beginning to pay attention to the complexities of storytelling – character development and the underlying emotions that drive words and text. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of!

The 20 Best Books for 5 and 6-Year-Olds

In ode to this beautiful stage f literary development, Melissa Taylor – a teacher, mama, and writer from Colorado (whose goal in childhood was to read every book in the children’s section of the library) – has put together a list of 50 top books for this age group; we’re sharing 2 with you (in no particular order):

  • Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
  • Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents by Lita Judge
  • Dinotrux by Chris Gall
  • Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
  • Last Stop On Markey Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry G. Allard Jr., illustrated by James Marshall
  • Over The Hills & Far Away edited by Elizabeth Hammill
  • The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Pete The Cat by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
  • Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini, illustrated by Howard Fine
  • Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberley
  • You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown
  • Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer by Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince, illustrated by Frank Morrison
  • Benny and Penny in Just Pretend by Geoffrey Hayes
  • Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
  • Bathtime for Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories
  • Today I Will Fly! (An Elephant and Piggie book) by Mo Willems

For the rest of the books featured on the list, visit Readbrightly.com – you’re sure to find a host of hidden gems in Taylor’s inspiring list!