Books for 5 Year Olds

List of 8 Amazing Books for 5 Year Olds

Table of Contents

 1. Lion Who Has Never Given Up  | 2. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt  |  3. The Napping House  |  4. Sheep in a Jeep  |  5. Freight Train  |  6. Big Red Barn  |  7. From Head to Toe  |  8. Silly Sally  |  Please leave your feedback



#1 Lion Who Has Never Given Up

My five year old baby girl loves The Lion Who Has Never Given Up. She makes me read it to hear every night as she went to sleep. She enjoys looking at the colorful pictures most especially the lion named Leo. She even shows it to her friends and they all look at the colorful and clear drawings of the characters.

You can also purchase a free video version of this book. I highly recommend this book to all the kind and for the parents as well. You and your children will definitely have a great bonding time while reading this wonderful book.


#2 We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

This modern classic written by Michael Rosen and wonderfully illustrated by Helen Oxenbury takes us along with a young family of four children with their father as they go on a bear hunt.

Travelling through the tall grass, wading into the river and fighting through a terrible snowstorm (all in the imagination of the children) until they come across a narrow, dark cave. Is there a bear inside? You’ll have to read the book to find out. Your children will simply love this highly enjoyable tale that is easily one of the best books for 5 year olds.


#3 The Napping House

In this house full of sleeping critters, a snoring Grandma, a dreaming child and a flea that is wide awake decides to cause some trouble. This delightful tale written by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood combines a rhythmic writing style with wonderful illustrations that makes it one of the most unforgettable books for 5 year olds.

While enjoyable as a picture book, the rhythmic text is a perfect way to involve young children into this classic. The inviting atmosphere of a household ready to go to sleep also makes this work a perfect bedtime story.


#4 Sheep in a Jeep

The adventures of a flock of rambunctious sheep, as beautifully written by Nancy E. Shaw, takes a new turn as they discover the joys and pitfalls of driving a jeep. This single adventure is part of a series of books for 5 year olds which depict a wide range of travels for these particular sheep.

The illustrations by Margot Apple perfectly capture the speed, excitement and dangers of five sheep that are not particularly the brightest in the flock.  Whimsical and funny, Sheep in a Jeep gathers momentum from the first page and is sure to be a favorite at reading time.


#5 Freight Train

This simple, yet elegant book about the inner workings of a large freight train was written and illustrated by Donald Crews. Inside this 24 page book are descriptions of how a freight train works from front to back. While there is no story per say, this is still one of the best books for five year olds who have an interest in mechanical objects, particularly trains.

The illustrations are well crafted and the descriptions written in a manner that five year olds will easily understand. This highly popular book that was originally written in 1979 was updated extensively in 2001.


#6 Big Red Barn

Written by the legendary Margaret Wise Brown who penned a number of classic children’s books, this tale takes us to a farm where we see things from the animal’s point of view, even at night when the children are away.

This exceptional tale tells the story of how the corn grows to protect the field mice, the scarecrow is friendly and cheerful and even at night when the animals curl up to sleep the bats come out because it is their time to play. One of the most popular kids books for decades, the Big Red Barn is still a timeless classic.


#7 From Head to Toe

One of the classic books for children, this work by Eric Carle is beautifully illustrated and shows the movements of animals on large, double page spreads.

We see a monkey wave around his arms, a giraffe bend its neck and a host of creatures also moving their body parts around.

Each illustration is capped by a text asking the children, “Can you do it?” with the children responding, “I can do it!”

The cut-paper collages which are also done by Eric Carle are quite imaginative and striking. This classic is one of the best kid books, especially when reading it to a group.


#8 Silly Sally

Another classic by Audrey Wood, Silly Sally is easily one of the best kids books available today. The central character of Silly Sally comes to town while walking backwards, dancing with a pig and doing many other silly things. The wonderful tale subtly teaches how people who are different can be accepted in our world as the townspeople who meet Silly Sally start mimicking her walking, dancing and the like.

The illustrations are simply perfect, especially the appearance of Silly Sally and her wild hair and almost corkscrew smile. This book is a definitely one of the great books for 5 year olds, especially those who are a bit different to show how everyone can be accepted.