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39 Books for 5 Year Olds to Build a Reading Foundation

Check out this diverse and creative list of the best books for 5 year olds to find options to suit every taste. From Super Heroes to Princesses and from classic characters to new creations, little readers will love these selections. Simple stories, repetitive text, and rhyming words will encourage early reading success.

books for 5 year olds

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This fun alphabet book is the story of a race to get to the top of a coconut tree told in a lively rhyme. “A told B, and B told C, I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree!” Your child will love “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”

$10.99


The Berenstain Bears: We Love Soccer!

The Berenstain Bears: We Love Soccer!

The Berenstain Bears have been a beloved favorite for decades, and now with this exciting addition, new fans will get to experience their adventures. And of course, kids who love soccer will especially love this story about a mama bear who gets a little too involved in her cubs’ game.

$4.74


World of Reading Star Wars Escape from Darth Vader

World of Reading Star Wars Escape from Darth Vader

Your little Star Wars fan will love “Escape from Darth Vader,” a Level 1 reader with non-stop space excitement. C-3PO and R2D2 must keep Darth Vader from discovering the Rebels’ secret plans. It retells scenes from “A New Hope” and is a great book for 5 year olds learning to read.

$1.11


25 Read & Write Mini-Books That Teach Word Families

25 Read & Write Mini-Books That Teach Word Families

Help your child practice early reading and writing skills with this massive collection of 25 read and write books, each featuring a different word family. The little books tell funny and entertaining stories using a few simple rhyming words, and are perfect for pre-K to first grade.

$10.55


First Little Readers Parent Pack

First Little Readers Parent Pack

If you are looking for a collection of books for your little ones, look no further than this big collection of full-color storybooks that feature one simple line of repetitive text to help children learn to read with ease. Get your child ready for reading success by utilizing the included parent guide.

$16.91


Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat

Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat

Pete the Cat is a cool cat who loves adventures. In this fun story, Pete goes scuba diving and learns all about sea creatures. Kids will love the cute illustrations as Pete the Cat searches high and low for his seahorse friend and gets a big surprise!

$4.74


Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar

Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar

Kids love Pete the Cat and his exciting adventures like this one where he meets a cool caterpillar. The caterpillar goes missing and Pete has to find out what happened to him. Can you imagine what he learns in the end? Little ones will love this story.

$4.99


Fire Truck to the Rescue!

Fire Truck to the Rescue!

There is no better combination for kids than LEGO and firetrucks, and in this little book you get both. There is a fire in LEGO City and the fire fighters will have to use all their equipment to save the day. There are other LEGO City adventures to collect separately.

$1.03

Silly Milly

Silly Milly

This fun book, called “Silly Milly” actually includes a little game in the rhyming text. She likes umbrellas but not showers, seeds but not flowers, can you guess why? Go on an adventure with Silly Milly while enjoying the wacky illustrations. Little ones will love the funny rhyming game.

$3.99


Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus

Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus

Fancy Nancy is a perennial favorite, and in this story she has too many tutus. Who knew such a thing was even possible with a fancy girl like Nancy? Children will be charmed by this story of how Nancy handles a tutu swap and shop at her school.

$3.99


Danny and the Dinosaur

Danny and the Dinosaur

This classic story was written over forty years ago and is just as charming today. Adults and children will love reading this story together as they go on an adventure with Danny and his new dinosaur friend. This is a great addition to your child’s early reading library.

$4.99


I Like Bugs

I Like Bugs

This cute little book for early readers is all about bugs! Bugs are colorful and interesting and a great subject for the fun text – “Black Bugs. Green Bugs. Fat Bugs. Buggy Bugs.” From butterflies and dragonflies to ladybugs and bees, your child will love reading this book over and over.

$4.99


Drop It, Rocket!

Drop It, Rocket!

Rocket is an adorable pup who just wants to collect items for his teacher – a leaf, a hat, a star – but when he finds a red boot, he is told to drop it. But Rocket doesn’t want to drop it. What will he do? Kids will love the adorable illustrations.

$4.99

Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend

Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend

Amelia Bedelia is a classic children’s character, and in this story for young readers she learns all about friendship. All children are interested in making friends and will appreciate how Amelia goes about making a new friend, even as she misses an old one. Friends are the best!

$4.99


Pete the Cat: Play Ball!

Pete the Cat: Play Ball!

Pete the Cat is a fun, cool character that kids love. In this story, Pete has joined a baseball team, but being a team player can be hard, especially when the game doesn’t go your way. This is a great book for 5 year olds who love sports!

$4.50


The Horse in Harry's Room

The Horse in Harry's Room

In this story, “The Horse in Harry’s Room,” you wonder, what is in his room? There is a horse, but how did it get there? Little ones will giggle as they read this silly story over and over again, hoping one day to find a horse in their own room.

$4.99


Ice Cream Soup

Ice Cream Soup

Little readers will love this silly, rhyming tale about the making of an ice cream cake and how it all went awry. What happens if you put too much stuff in? It becomes soup! The hilarious illustrations and the very wacky idea are sure to delight your child’s imagination.

$3.99


Big Shark, Little Shark

Big Shark, Little Shark

In this great book for young readers, sharks aren’t scary, they are fun! And your little one will learn all about opposites with Little Shark and Big Shark. Who has the biggest teeth? Who swims the fastest? This book has easy words and large type for kids just learning to read.

$3.49


Pinkalicious: Fairy House

Pinkalicious: Fairy House

Pinkalicious is a favorite children’s character and in this story she learns all about fairy houses. The very idea of a fairy house is magical – could there be a real one in there? Your little one will love reading this sweet story, with charming illustrations, to find out.

$4.99


Wind

Wind

Curious little minds love to know about the wind. Where does it come from? Where does it go? Explore the mystery of the wind in this early reader book that your child will love. Afterwards, they will want to go outside and discover it for themselves.

$4.99


Get the Giggles: A First Joke Book

Get the Giggles: A First Joke Book

“Knock Knock. Who’s there?” Get the Giggles, with this joke book for budding comedians. These hilariously simple jokes will have beginning readers rolling on the floor. “Why is it hard to play cards in the jungle?” “There are too many cheetahs!” This book is sure to tickle their funny bone.

$3.99


Crash, Boom, Roar!

Crash, Boom, Roar!

Disney’s original story, “The Good Dinosaur,” is now an exciting story book for new readers. Your child will love the remarkable journey as Arlo discovers an unlikely companion, a human boy, after a traumatic event unsettles his family. This one is sure to become a favorite.

$4.99


Tooth Fairy's Night

Tooth Fairy's Night

Settle your child’s curiosity about the mysterious work of the Tooth Fairy in this story about a typical night at work. Kids will love learning about her tiny world. When you spot that first wiggly tooth, this would be the perfect gift to prepare them for what happens next!

$4.99


World of Reading Disney Classic Characters Boxed Set

World of Reading Disney Classic Characters Boxed Set

This boxed set is the perfect combination for your child to explore reading about their beloved Disney characters. There is high-flying Dumbo, forever-young Peter Pan, unlikely couple Lady and the Tramp, Mowgli and his wild friends, courageous Simba, and those charming Dalmatians to enjoy over and over again.

$12.99


Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach

Pete the Cat is always doing something interesting, and this time he is headed to the beach. This great summer read is all about ocean adventures, from collecting sea shells to building sand castles. Your child will love dreaming about summer vacation with this story and so will you!

$3.99


Barbie, I Can Be- A Pet Vet

Barbie, I Can Be- A Pet Vet

Teach your child they can be anything they want to be, just like Barbie. In this book, the famous character wants to be a veterinarian, a favorite idea of young children everywhere. Kids will love going along with her to learn how she takes care of all the adorable animals.

$3.99


Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

These two wild cats just happen to have the name of many children’s favorite food – Mac and Cheese! This odd couple has trouble making decisions because they love to do opposite things. Your child will enjoy reading this story to find out how they work it out.

$4.99


My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie Keeps a Secret

My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie Keeps a Secret

Keeping secrets is hard for little ponies, and in this fun story; Pinkie Pie learns the most exciting news in Equestria since Twilight Sparkle became a princess. But can she keep it to herself so she doesn’t spoil the surprise? This is a perfect choice for My Little Pony fans.

$5.44


These are The Avengers Reader

These are The Avengers Reader

The Avengers are always a popular subject and in this book, and others in the series, sold separately, super hero fans can explore all the rigorous training these guys have to go through to perfect their super powers. Your little reader will love these stories!

$3.99


Wipe Clean: Learning Sight Words

Wipe Clean: Learning Sight Words

If you are looking for great books for 5 year olds, you will want to check out this Sight Words book that comes with wipe-clean pages, special pen, and flash cards. This book teaches over 50 essential sight words and has set-by-step exercises to help improve reading and writing.

$8.89


Cooking With the Cat

Cooking With the Cat

Fans of the Cat in the Hat will have so much fun discovering what that crazy cat does in the kitchen. Read along as he whips up purple cupcakes using some truly odd ingredients. Written in the tradition of charming, simple rhymes, this book is certain to be a favorite.

$3.99


Super Friends: Flying High

Super Friends: Flying High

You can never disappoint with an exciting book about the adventures of Super Friends. Go on an adventure with Batman, Superman, and the gang to discover what strange thing has happened in Gotham City. The birds are going crazy. Maybe The Penguin has something to do with it?

$2.39


May I Please Have a Cookie?

May I Please Have a Cookie?

In this story, little ones will discover the secret to getting another cookie. Alfie tries grabbing for one, fishing for one, and dressing up as a cookie inspector, but that’s not it. His mom says there is a better way. Beginning readers will learn the magic word as they read.

$4.99


Disney Princess Reading Adventures Boxed Set

Disney Princess Reading Adventures Boxed Set

Disney Princess fans will absolutely adore this boxed set of books featuring their favorite characters. Adventures include Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Tiana, and more. These simple stories with easy-to-read sight words mean your child will enjoy them over and over again. The set comes with 10 books and 86 stickers.

$8.99


The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat

The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat

This awesome book for young readers will delight with the silly story of the fat cat who sat on a mat. And the rat. Who asked the fat cat to get off the mat. Fun to read aloud with mom or dad, this one is sure to be a favorite.

$4.74


What is That? Said the Cat

What is That? Said the Cat

Cats and rhyming words are always a fun choice for kids. In this simple story, “What is that, said the cat?” is answered by animals who like to rhyme, “I found a box, said the fox,” and “I heard, said the bird.” Kids will love the charming text and illustrations.

$3.99


Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream

Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream

Like everyone else, Splat, the cat, loves ice cream. When he and his classmates go on a field trip to an ice cream factory, Splat is so excited, but then there is an accident and it is up to Splat and his classmates to save the day.

$4.99


Doc McStuffins Take Your Pet to the Vet

Doc McStuffins Take Your Pet to the Vet

Check out this Doc McStuffins book and treat your little reader to this charming story of the tiny class pet who needed a vet! Coleslaw, the hamster, isn’t acting like her normal energetic self, so Doc decides she needs help. Fans of the character will love this story.

$5.97


World of Reading This is Captain America

World of Reading This is Captain America

This addition to the Marvel super heroes line of early reading books will thrill your comic fan with the adventures of Captain America! Kids love reading stories about characters they know and love, and this series of books for 5 year olds encourages young children to enjoy adventurous stories with their favorite super heroes.

$3.99

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