Now that my daughter is 5 and in Reception, her reading has really taken off. I’ve always been a reader, so I’m keen to encourage her enthusiasm and keep her well-supplied with lots of enjoyable children’s books. We’re fortunate to have a lovely library near us, some great bookshops in town and plenty of charity shops which are often great for finding a new chapter book in.
Though Boo still enjoys picture books, particularly when she can read them to her little brother, we’ve moved onto the wonderful world of chapter books. I’m as excited as she is by this development! So today I thought that I’d share some of her favourites, which may also form a handy guide to those new to chapter books…
Fictional Recommendations for 5 Year Olds:
From classics to more contemporary reads, there are so many fabulous books out there, but these are our top ten picks. They’re in no particular order, and if you click on any of them they will take you through to Amazon to read more about them, check out the reviews and buy if you like the look of them for your child.
4. Anything at all by Roald Dahl. Anything, they’re all great. We have started with Esio Trot and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, and we’ll be working our way through them all, just as I did. The BFG is my favourite.
10. The Rainbow Fairies books by Daisy Meadows. There are over 100 of these, so plenty to keep her going with!
I’d also pop in a special mention here for her Storytime magazine subscription, too. We reviewed Storytime last year, and as a result of trying it, we took out a subscription to it. It’s a treat for Boo in the post every month, and has a great mix of folklore, fables and myths, which we enjoy getting lost in together.
Non-Fiction Suggestions for 5 Year Olds:
Boo cannot get enough of these books, and I can absolutely see why. I love buying them for her, and we enjoy going through them all together. They are teaching her so much, prompting so many questions and are fun to read with the lift-the-flaps, too. There are lots of them in the series, and as you can see, we’ve got 6 so far and I imagine we’ll have them all at some point. It will be a nice to have the collection to refer back to over the years and to pass onto her little brother. We both highly recommend these.
What do you think? Have you read any of these? I would love to hear what your little ones are enjoying reading, too.
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