List Of Must Read Books For 5-Year-Olds

must read books for 5 year olds

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -The Lorax By Dr. Seuss

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” -Love You Forever By Robert Munsch

“And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to an end, but that was not to be.” -The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” -Peter Pan By J.M. Barrie


I love a good book. Curling up on my couch, in bed, by a fire, or in a nice warm bubble bath while solving a crime with James Patterson or visiting the old south with Margaret Mitchell is a pretty perfect moment. ❤ One of my many goals as a mother has been to instill a love of reading in my children.

List Of Must Read Books For Five-Year-Olds

Actual Size By Steve Jenkins is a nonfiction book that shows animals, or certain animals parts, by their actual size. This is an awesome read for pre-k children.

Miss Nelson Is Missing By Harry Allard is a wonderfully funny tale of a misbehaving class that is horrible to their kind-hearted teacher Miss Nelson. However, when Miss Viola Swamp substitutes for the missing Miss Nelson, they begin to wish they had been a little nicer to Miss Nelson.

The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs By Jon Scieszka is a hilarious re-telling of the classic Three Little Pigs from the perspective of the Big Bad Wolf.

The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales By Jon Scieszka is a re-telling of classic fairy tales, including Little Red Running Shorts, The Princess and the Bowling Ball, and The Really Ugly Duckling to name a few. 

The Frog Prince Continued By Jon Scieszka is another great read about what really happened after the princess kissed the frog. Was it really “happy ever after,” or not so much?

***Can you tell I love Jon Scieszka? He is amazing! You must check out his books!! 🙂

Where The Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak is a classic about a boy named Max, who gets into trouble and his mom calls him a “Wild Thing.” Max’s mom sends him to bed without supper and this is where the adventure begins. Max is whisked away to the land where the wild things are. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle teaches about the life cycle of a caterpillar, from an egg to a butterfly.

“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.”

The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein is a tender story about a tree that loves a young boy so very much that it gives away pieces of itself to the boy to make the boy happy. A wonderful book to start the discussion of the importance of caring and giving with your children.

Green Eggs and Ham By Dr. Seuss is a list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with. A great book to use to encourage children to start reading on their own, full of simple words and great illustrations.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs By Judi Barrett is a cute little story that makes you dares to ask the question what would happen if food fell from the sky? No rain or snow, only food?

The Rainbow Fish By Marcus Pfister is a heartwarming tale about a beautiful fish, who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie By Laura Numeroff is a cute little book about a hungry little mouse and what would happen if you gave him a cookie.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin Jr. is a fun way to teach children the alphabet. All 26 letters of the alphabet climb up a coconut tree.

Giraffes Can’t Dance By Giles Andreae is a great inspiring story about Gerald the Giraffe that wants to dance, but feels like he can’t dance “right” because of his crooked knees and thin legs. With some encouraging words from a friend, Gerald learns that he can dance, in his own special way.

The Pout-Pout Fish By Deborah Diesen is the first in a wonderful series about a pout-pout fish as he learns that being sad and “dreary” may not be what he was made for after all. A few more books in this series include Smile Pout-Pout Fish, Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, Sweet Dreams Pout-Pout Fish, and Kiss, Kiss Pout-Pout Fish. You can see the full list here.

Grumpy Monkey By Suzanne Lang is a wonderful way to help children learn that feelings are ok, you are allowed to feel the way you feel, however, should be careful about hurting others while doing so.

I hope you find my list of must-read books for 5-year-olds helpful. Grab a book. You won’t be sorry. It has many benefits for the child and you, as well. Build memories and imagination that can last a lifetime. ❤

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“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31



  1. This is a great list!! We read Dr. Seuss, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Where the Wild Things are. Now I’m curious about Jon Scieszka books. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  2. Such a fantastic list! my youngest just started reading on her own and I’m kinda missing the reading stories together (though we still do it) A few from your list like where the wild things are and the giving tree (such a fantastic book!) are big hits with my kids.

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  3. The giving tree was my favorite book to read to my boys. Thank you so much for sharing this list, you brought back fond memories. Each night my sons and I would read, we all had to take a turn reading a few pages. I miss those snuggle times!

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  4. This really brought back some memories – I read some of these to my son when he was little (he is now 28). I saved them and now I can read them to my grandsons. Thanks for another great post!

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  5. What a great list, and very glad to report we have most of those, from the days of 5-year-olds. Now at 8 and nearly 11, we still have them, but are ready to share them with others. So many books, so little time. Thank you, Lana! #KCACOLS

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