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38 Best Books for 6 Year Old Growing Readers

When looking for the best books for 6 year olds, there are so many wonderful options on the market these days. From the classics that have stood the test of time to modern, award-winning new offerings, there are selections to delight any child. Check out this fantastic list.

books for 6 year olds

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

“Where the Wild Things Are” has been delighting children for fifty years. If you are looking for great books for 6 year olds, why not get them one of the best loved children’s books of all time? With gorgeous illustrations, this is a must for any children’s library.

$5.00


Barbie, I Can Be- A Pet Vet

Barbie, I Can Be- A Pet Vet

Barbie fans just learning to read will love this Step Into Reading, Level 1, book about being a veterinarian. Children will follow along with Barbie as she takes care of all the adorable puppies, kittens, horses, and other loveable pets. For more Barbie reading fun, check out other titles in the series.

$4.86


Just So Stories

Just So Stories

This collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, published in the early part of the 20th century, is known as pourquoi, or origin stories. These stories tell fantastic accounts about how various phenomena came to be. Share these classic stories that are sure to delight your child.

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The Dangerous Book for Boys

The Dangerous Book for Boys

With such an intriguing title, “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” you just know that boys – and perhaps some girls – will love this book. Covering all the essential skills from treehouse building, fishing, and figuring out girls, this book is currently being developed as a television series.

$12.44


The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

In this beautiful book by Edward Lear, “The Owl and the Pussycat” go on a voyage as they sail together across the sea and through lush jungles, all by the light of the moon. Filled with rich detail and gorgeous artwork, this book is a classic that every child should know.

$17.99


Loose Tooth

Loose Tooth

Let your little one explore that intriguing rite of passage, the “Loose Tooth,” in this book for early readers. What do you do when you have a wiggly tooth? You push it. And pull it. And try to encourage it to come out. Kids will love this engaging story.

$4.99


Grandfather Twilight

Grandfather Twilight

This beautiful story about “Grandfather Twilight” who takes his early-evening walk each day when the shadows begin to deepen and the sun is saying goodbye, is the perfect bedtime story. Children will drift off to sleep as the birds and rabbits all quietly settle down for their bedtime in the forest.

$7.99


The Feelings Book

The Feelings Book

Knowing how to identify and express their feelings is tough for little ones. In this colorful book, young children can learn about all the different emotions they experience and how to talk about them in a child-friendly way. With bold, bright colors, and silly scenes, this book is a helpful and fun read.

$7.99

Corduroy

Corduroy

This sweet story about a lonely bear waiting on a department store shelf to be chosen for his very own family has inspired the imagination of generations of children. Now your child can also experience this beloved, classic character and learn all about love and friendship with this small teddy bear.

$7.99


Paddington

Paddington

It is hard to believe that this beloved bear, from darkest Peru, was born nearly 50 years ago. The beloved story of “Paddington” has aged well, having recently been developed into two major motion pictures. Give your child the gift of being charmed by Paddington as generations of children have before them.

$12.81


No, David!

No, David!

How many times do children hear the word “no?” In this delightful book, “No, David!” they will enjoy another child hearing it for a change. David goes around doing all kinds of things he isn’t supposed to do and always being told, “no.” This book has been a perennial family favorite for over a decade.

$9.17


My Parents Think I'm Sleeping

My Parents Think I'm Sleeping

“My Parents Think I’m Sleeping” is one of many great books for 6 year olds available on the market today. This is an excellent book to get children excited for bedtime, where hopefully they will sleep! From rhymes about reading under the covers to watching shadows dance, this book will delight your child.

$4.99


Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach

Pete is one groovy cat who loves the beach. From building sand castles to collecting sea shells, little ones will love exploring the beach with “Pete the Cat.” What should Pete do if he gets too hot? Jump in the ocean? Let your child discover the answer in this fun story.

$3.97

May I Please Have a Cookie?

May I Please Have a Cookie?

Alfie the Alligator loves his momma’s cookies but he doesn’t know the best way to get them. He tries grabbing one, fishing for one, and dressing up as a cookie detective, but none of that seems to work. Take your little one on this adventure where they learn the magic word.

$4.99


David Gets In Trouble

David Gets In Trouble

Poor David seems to always get in trouble and have plenty of excuses for his behavior. In this story, David learns that making excuses feels bad, but saying “I’m sorry” makes him feel better. Let your little ones learn from David that apologizing is better.

$15.73


The Best Pet of All

The Best Pet of All

In this charming story, a little boy’s mother won’t let him get a dog because they are too messy and too loud, but she says he can have a pet dragon… if he can find one. Well, be careful what you wish for because dragons are messier and louder than any dog.

$7.99


Marley: Strike Three, Marley!

Marley: Strike Three, Marley!

Poor Marley just wants to play, but does he and the rest of the baseball team know what they are getting into? Young readers will love this “I Can Read” book, Step 2, about Marley and his crazy adventures. Perfect for young readers who need a little help.

$4.99


Just a Little Critter Collection

Just a Little Critter Collection

This collection of stories celebrates 40 years of the Little Critter books in one convenient volume. Share this 176 page hardcover book’s beloved tales of growing up with a whole new generation. From going to bed, getting mad, and forgetting important things, children will relate to these classic stories.

$8.49


Voyage to the Bunny Planet

Voyage to the Bunny Planet

This single volume collection contains all three original beloved “Bunny Planet” stories. This edition has a magnetic closure and ribbon marker, making it extra special. Featuring full-color illustrations and a new poem, this book will delight your child with tales of a happy planet where everything is perfect.

$17.99


Magic Faraway Tree

Magic Faraway Tree

“The Magic Faraway Tree” is a classic story celebrating its 75th year in publication. This is a vintage story great for a parent to read to their child, making it an on-going celebration of adventure. This is one of a trilogy, so be sure to enjoy them all.

$9.93


There's No Such Thing as a Dragon

There's No Such Thing as a Dragon

“There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon” or is there? When Billy finds a tiny dragon in his bedroom, his mom tells him, there is no such thing. But it keeps growing and growing and growing. The charming text and playful illustrations combine to provide a terrific story.

$7.99


Star Wars: Clone Troopers in Action

Star Wars: Clone Troopers in Action

Young fans of Star Wars will love reading this book based on characters and events from the latest movie. Designed for reluctant readers, Star Wars titles encourage a love of reading with exciting stories they already know and appreciate. There are also other titles available in this series.

$3.99


Little Miss Scatterbrain

Little Miss Scatterbrain

Sometimes we all feel like “Little Miss Scatterbrain”. In this silly story about being so forgetful, she forgets all her chores, and kids will love the funny graphics, and relate to the character’s dilemma. There are also other fun titles in the series; “Little Miss Bossy” “Little Miss Brainy,” and more.

$12.75


The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

If you are searching for awesome books for 6 year olds, check out this fun, rhyming story, “The Gruffalo.” A mouse takes a stroll through the woods and as the tiny creature keeps running into other animals who want to eat him, the mouse makes up a gruffalo, because no such thing exists, right?

$4.99


The Flat Stanley Collection Box Set

The Flat Stanley Collection Box Set

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic, “Flat Stanley,” with this awesome boxed set. Stanley was once a normal boy until a bulletin board fell on him and flattened him. The set includes four charming titles featuring Stanley’s adventures, including travelling through space and becoming invisible. Share this fun character with your little ones.

$13.49


Pete the Cat: Play Ball!

Pete the Cat: Play Ball!

Pete is one cool, crazy cat who is always up to something. In this story, Pete plays baseball on his team, The Rocks, and they happen to be playing The Rolls. Things don’t go Pete’s way during the game. What will he do? Kids love “Pete the Cat.”

$4.50


Mr. Rude

Mr. Rude

“Mr. Rude” is, well, rude. When Mr. Happy discovers how awful Mr. Rude is being, he sets out to teach him an etiquette lesson. Use this funny book, with silly illustrations, to teach your child polite manners as well. There are also other titles in the series such as “Mr. Brave” and “Mr. Clever.”

$4.99


The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish

This award-winning, international best-seller is beautifully illustrated with shiny foil stamping glittering on every page. The universal message of sharing and friendships will appeal to young children as they go on an adventure with “The Rainbow Fish”. This book of beautiful sea creatures will become your child’s favorite.

$13.99


Pony Scouts: The Camping Trip

Pony Scouts: The Camping Trip

Kids love ponies and they will love going on adventures with the Pony Scouts. In this book, the Pony Scouts go camping and learn about being prepared for the outdoors. There are many other titles in this series for young readers – your child will want to go on all the adventures.

$4.99


The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

This thoughtful and empowering book, “The Wonderful Things You Will Be,” is the perfect gift for new moms. This beautiful story celebrates the love and acceptance parents have for their children’s goals and dreams. From brave and bold to creative and clever, what wonderful things will your child be?

$8.55


Little Miss Giggles

Little Miss Giggles

Oh, no! “Little Miss Giggles” has lost her giggle. How will she find it again? Your child will want to read this fun book with silly illustrations over and over again. It might even make them giggle. Be sure to check out other titles in this series.

$5.99


Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?

“Are You My Mother?” Take your children on this classic adventure of a baby bird that searches for his mother and asks this question over and over again to the other animals he encounters. Don’t worry, Baby Bird finds his mother who has just gone to catch lunch. This book will be a bedtime favorite.

$3.30


Big Shark, Little Shark

Big Shark, Little Shark

This book for little readers is a shark tale all about opposites. Big Shark has big teeth. Little Shark has little teeth. Big Shark swims fast. Little Shark swims slow. Both of them are hungry. Oh no! Take your child on this wacky shark adventure as Little Shark tries not to become Big Shark’s lunch.

$3.47


Pig and Pug

Pig and Pug

“Pig and Pug” is the tale of two creatures who become best friends. Pig lives on a farm and doesn’t have any friends. One day, Pug comes to live on the farm and they discover they both have a lot in common. Your child will love this charming story of friendship.

$4.99


Miles and Miles of Reptiles: All About Reptiles

Miles and Miles of Reptiles: All About Reptiles

“Cat in the Hat” fans will love this adventure where Cat travels the globe in his trusty crocodile car learning all about lizards, snakes, turtles, and of course, crocodiles. Your child will adore learning about komodo dragons, geckos, cobras, and more. This book contains basic facts and quirky information about each species.

$9.99


The Book with No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures

One of the most unique books for 6 year olds is the wild “The Book with No Pictures.” What you get instead is hilarious, read-aloud text of silly words, made-up words, and more. Can you say “Blork” or “Bluurf” without laughing? We didn’t think so. You can’t go wrong with this wildly funny book.

$8.64


The Paper Princess

The Paper Princess

This creative story is about a “paper princess” who was blown away in a gust of wind before the little girl could finish coloring her. Little ones will be thrilled as they travel with “The Paper Princess” on her journey to a carnival and through a town before finding her way home again.

$2.85


The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit

This hilarious best seller is about “The Day the Crayons Quit.” Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Yellow and Orange have stopped speaking to each other over their disagreement about who is the actual color of the sun. Get ready to read this one with your child over and over again.

$9.19

3 Diy Printables to Encourage Young Readers

Printable Nightly Reading Log

Printable Nightly Reading Log

Help your children mark their reading accomplishments with this simple book log. Each day, your child can jot down what books they read and you can plan a special celebration once the log is full. Children who love to read will be proud of their reading logs.

My Star Reader Reward Chart

My Star Reader Reward Chart

Check out this Star Reader chart to help your child celebrate each book they read. All they do is color in a star for each book and once completed, you can plan a small celebration. Kids love to read and this chart helps them enjoy it even more.

Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations

Download this free “book recommendation” template to give kids a fun way to talk about and share a book they have read. From drawing a picture of the cover, to describing the plot, young book critics will love awarding their favorite books “stars.” This will get them excited about reading!
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