If you read to your child when she’s younger and teach her how to read, by the time that she’s a five-year-old, she’s going to have a pretty big vocabulary. When she has a big vocabulary, her reading ability is on good grounds.
You’re going to want to get books for her that continue to help her grow her reading ability. Books that spark her imagination are always a good idea. Below are 5 best books for 5-year-old girls you can look into getting to grow her home library.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is a fantastic book to spark the imagination. This 32-paged book is the story of a mouse who uses his imagination to outsmart his enemies who’d like to eat him.
As he’s walking through the woods, he encounters a fox, an owl and a snake. As each animal attempts to trick the mouse into becoming lunch, the mouse tells them that he’s meeting a gruffalo.
He describes the gruffalo to his enemies as quite a fearsome creature with tusks and big claws who just happens to love to eat foxes and other animals that would like to eat a mouse. He fools his enemies into thinking the creature really exists and is then able to remain unharmed. The tale has a cute twist at the end.
Fortunately by Remy Charlip is a 48 pages book. It’s the story of Ned who wants to go to a surprise party, but the party is not in his state. So his friend lets him use an airplane, but unfortunately, something goes wrong and Ned can’t make it there in the plane.
But fortunately, he has a parachute. Unfortunately, the parachute has a hole in it. This book takes a look at the good/bad things that can happen and how Ned manages to triumph through them all. Though the book is written kind of in a cliffhanger style, your child will love turning the pages to figure out what happens next.
George and Martha by James Marshall is a 48 pages book about best friends. The book contains five stories about these best friends, George and Martha, who also happen to be hippos. Each story teaches a sweet little lesson. In one of the stories, “Split Pea Soup”, Martha loves to make this dish.
She feeds it to George all the time, but George hates it. Rather than telling her this, he attempts to hide his dislike of the soup by pouring it into his shoes. He’s caught by Martha and explains that he doesn’t like it. She admits that she doesn’t like it either – she simply likes making it.
The moral of the story is that it’s always best to have honesty in friendship. The other four stories in the book are The Flying Machine, The Tub, The Mirror and The Tooth. This is an easy read book.
Where Do I Live? by Neil Chesanow is an educational as well as an entertaining book for a 5-year-old girl. This 48 pages book teaches a child how neighborhoods fit into cities, how cities fit into states, states into the country, the countries into the solar system and so on.
It’s a great visual aid that can teach your child an introduction into maps and how to grasp how where she lives fits into it all. There’s also a little quiz at the back of the book to let the child test out how much she has learned and understood from the book.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is a clever and funny 40-paged book about crayons going on a strike. One day a little boy name Ducan opens up his box of crayons to use, and instead finds a stack of letters detailing each crayon’s grievances.
Blue Crayon feels exhausted and overused, Black Crayon feels that he could be put into better used than merely outlining, Beige Crayon has enough of being second to Brown Crayon, while Orange Crayon and Yellow Crayon each truly feels that he is the true color of the sun, and well, Peach Crayon feels so naked all the time! What’s Ducan to do to appease all the crayons so he could resume his coloring and satisfy his teacher? A creative solution comes at the end.
This book is very entertaining and packed with so much fun that your child will be drawn into reading it over and over.
Has your 5-year-old girl read any of the above-mentioned book titles before? If not, it’s a great time to look into getting her hands on these books. Do you have more age-appropriate books to add to this list? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!