Good books for a five year old?

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Not really a question about behaviour, but I kind of have a feeling that this is a good community to ask this in.
My god-daughter and her twin moved away and I'm not really up-to-date on what they like anymore plus I don't have a clue what books are appropriate and fun at that age. Anyone have ideas? Other ideas for stuff that's easily posted are welcome, too!


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My son loves Skippyjon Jones! Skippyjon is a Siamese cat who thinks he is a chihuahua and goes on crazy adventures with a motley group of dogs called Los Chimichangos! One of the most creative series of kids books I have read in a long time! Our favorite is Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice!

Sally - posted on 10/17/2011




Our favs right now are "The Knot Fairy." Which is a beautiful book & CD about a fairy who comes in at night and ties your hair in knots. And any of the Usborne Sticker books. They are so neat. As are Usborne 1001 things to spot books. A must for travel or quiet time. We have 1001 things to find in Fairy Land and 1001 Bugs to find. They are neat because they can do them with you or without and they work well with more than one kid. Another thing we like is Nat Geo Kids Magazine "My Big Back Yard". Different animals and fun facts every issue with great pictures. And something they are not likely to get.

Kate CP - posted on 10/12/2011




Anything by Mo Willems is AWESOME. We love the Gerald and Piggy series. :)

Elizabeth - posted on 10/11/2011




I think that every kid should own "The Monster at the End of the Book"


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Alison - posted on 04/06/2013




Our new discoveries are Jack and the flum flum tree by Julia Donaldson (the rhyming and rhythm are fantastic), the Art of Is-ing by Nicole Levin (teaches kids about the importance of not rushing but just being -meditation for kids) and Dr Seuss' The Places You'll go (life will have challenges, you just have to get on with it.

Got all three from, not sure if they are on the .com site. Enjoy, Allie

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I really have to get off Amazon. Started ordering for ourselves. I knew this would be a dangerous question to ask...

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Thanks guys, I looked them all up on Amazon and they all look great. I would love to get them Pippi Longstocking but I've got a feeling their mom would rather read that in german to them. I think I'm so confused because a lot of the picture books rated 4-6 years are those that I am currently reading to my 2year old. I don't want them to be too easy, but seeing that english is not their primary language anymore since they moved, I don't want them to be too difficult either. If last years presents hadn't been so crappy I wouldn't be worried about it at all, but I have some making up to do...

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Oh! How could I have forgotten about SkippyJon Jones!! My son LOVES those--and even *I* enjoy them sometimes ;)

That's a good one Angela T :)

Some of the Dr. Seuss books can also be understood on a deeper level at this point--Oh The Places You'll Go and The Butter Battle Book are great! ( I did my English Thesis paper on The Butter Battle Book in college).

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My son loves the Magic School Bus series. He also LOVES "On the Night You Were Born" I can't remember the author. This is a bit of an easy book for him, but he loves it, and I love the message.
Let's see, what else....Are they both girls? I have a boy, but a lot of the girls in J's class like both the "Junie B Jones" and "Fancy Nancy" books.
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz is good.
Pippi Longstocking is a great classic! I heard there is a new version out, and possibly a series....

That's all I've got for now...

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