The Five Best Books for Five and Up

Written by Pat O’Neill

Readers gotta read. Floaties gotta float.

If there’s one thing that unites most kindergartners, it’s a love of sunshine, imagination, and laughter. The best books for the five-and-up crowd make kids want to smile, create, and daydream.

With these five terrific books, you can feel good about working on your book tan with your little ones.

Summer reading? Now that’s lit.

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match, by Monica Brown & Sara Palacios

For free-spirited Marisol McDonald, nothing matches, not even when she tries. She has flaming red hair and brown, freckled skin. Even the food she prefers is a playful mash-up of her identity as a Peruvian-Scottish-American. So too are the illustrations, with a fun smattering of styles and colors. You don’t have to wear green polka dots and purple stripes like Marisol to relate to this heartening tale of learning to love your individuality.

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Color & Pop-Up Dinosaurs, by Elizabeth Golding & Elisa Paganelli

Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for: coloring and pop-ups together! This activity book is perfect for hands-on learners who love arts and crafts. It’s also a colorful introduction to the art of bookmaking that can be enjoyed around the campfire and at the pool. It’s time to think outside the box, and off the page. Get cracking, young book lovers. This one really pops.

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Little Transfer Book Pirates, by Rob Lloyd Jones

Ahoy, young swashbucklers! There be treasure in this thrilling activity book. The saltwater will sting your cheeks as you color and decorate scenes filled with ghost pirate ships, treasure maps and more. And what better way to learn about pirate life than walking the plank? Learn about shipwrecks and life at sea above and below deck, sometimes fathoms below. It’s a pirate’s life for you!

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Cloud Chaser, by Anne-Fleur Drillon

Emery has his head in the clouds with dreams of flying. His notebooks are filled with doodles of flying machines and with the long summer months ahead he can devote himself entirely to his winged invention. When a mysterious stranger shows up with all the ingredients to make the perfect flying machine, Emery’s dreams may finally come true. Learn the power of perseverance and the comedy of failure in this beautifully illustrated French tale by Anne-Fleur Drillon.

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How the Sphinx Got to the Museum, by Jessie Hartland

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is where the sphinx of the Pharaoh Hatshepsut holds court. But how did this ancient artifact get to the museum? Acclaimed author and illustrator Jessie Hartland beautifully presents this informative and fascinating history of the Hatshepsut sphinx, from its carving in ancient Egypt to its arrival at the world-famous museum. 

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