Are you looking for great books for kindergarteners? I’m sharing some of our favorite easy readers and storybooks that we love.
My son is now twelve years old and is an avid reader. Honestly, he’s the biggest reader (other than myself) that I know. Some of it may be genetics, but some of that may also be the consistent reading that I did all the time with him throughout the years.
At every age, I was always checking out tons of easy books to read to him. I’m a huge advocate of using the public library but also dream of, one day, having a large in-home library of our own.
Sometimes, the burden to get into reading is finding easy reading options that you’ll enjoy. I thought I’d ease that burden on you today and share some great stories for 5 year olds (really, most any ages but geared towards kindergarten-level books).
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Awesome Books for Kindergartners
I’m going to break this list up into story books for 5-year-olds (meaning, great books to read to your child) and beginner reader books (meaning, your child is learning to read by themselves with these).
Books for 5 Year Old – Storybook options
- Iggy Peck Architect (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Rosie Revere Engineer (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- The Most Magnificent Thing (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- McToad Mows Tiny Island (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- The Circus Ship (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Dragon Loves Tacos (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Sheep Out To Eat (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Sheep In a Jeep (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- The Mine-O-Saur (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Richard Scary’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Franklin Wants a Pet (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Another Monster At The End Of This Book (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Lego City Mystery Of The Lego Express (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
Let’s chat more about each book and I’ll share why we love them.
Kindergarten Read Alouds
Iggy Peck Architect and Rosie River Engineer
Andrea Beaty is the author behind these books. My son loved these so much the we did purchase them. The storylines in each of the books are really strong and have a great growth mindset focus. The graphics are just amazing. They are similar to colored line drawings but have tons of details which are engaging for both adults and children alike.
The Most Magnificent Thing
If you have a kid that loves to build things, then this is a perfect book. It’s really cute as well as helpful with the growth mindset, too.
McToad Mows Tiny Island
As as adult, this book can seem really silly but my son loved it. The illustrations are pretty adorable, too.
The Circus Ship
The illustrations are adorable and the book has a whimsical feel to the whole thing.
Dragon Loves Tacos
We might be pre-disposed to like this book because we love tacos but it’s super cute. Beware though, it’s the type of book that you have to get most of the way through before you realize where the author is taking it.
Sheep Out to Eat and Sheep in a Jeep
These books have catchy phrases and are just silly. Engaging and fun, simple read to enjoy.
The storyline of this book is great. I love books that can teach manners or good behavior in a funny/catchy way and this book definitely fits that bill.
Richard Scarry’s CARS and TRUCKS and THINGS THAT GO
All of Richard Scarry’s books are great and we own quite a few of them. This is a heftier book with lots to read, see and find. For a young boy, a book about cars and trucks is always a winner and this one is just a really good one.
Franklin Wants A Pet
We love Franklin books and own lots of them. The basis of each book always provides good teaching moments, yet they still grab your attention. They are usually a bit longer (but still under 5 min to read) which Greyson really likes.
Another Monster At The End Of This Book
If you are a parent that can make funny sounds/voices, then you need to own this book. It’s been a favorite around our house for years.
Lego City Mystery Of The Lego Express
Alright, so I’ll admit that the Lego books aren’t my favorite. Although, I think we own all of them. Greyson loves them, so we read them. The storylines are just ok, in my opinion, and the illustrations are about the same. However, if you have a boy or girl who loves playing with Legos then these will probably be a huge hit. Plus, there are quite a few of them and they are inexpensive.
We have other recommendations for books for kindergarteners that I may do at another time but let’s switch gears and talk about beginner reader books.
Kindergarten Reading Books
- Flip-a Word Book Ice Mice (Thriftbooks)
- Flip-a Word Book Wet Pet (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Flip-a Word Book Snow Bow (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Flip-a Word Book Crab Cab (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Flip-a Word Book Quack Shack (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Flip-a Word Book Stop Pop (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
- Elephant and Piggie Books by Mo Willems (best for older 5 yrs – 7 yrs) (Amazon | Thriftbooks)
If you have a kiddo learning sight words right now, go get these books. They are the step before easy readers (I would say), but they are fabulous. They really have given Greyson confidence.
If you have multiple kids coming up to enjoy easy reading, then these might be worth purchasing. If you have just one kiddo (like us), just check these out at the library.
Elephant & Piggie Books by Mo Willems
There are quite number of books in the Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems. If you are looking for books for 5 year olds to read, these might be a bit too advanced. That being said, some of the pages within the books are easier and some have more text. Either way, these are a great stepping stone to add on your list as kindergarten books to read.
My son laughed and laughed during most of these because I would add funny voices, which made it a fun selection for kindergarten read-alouds.
Would love to hear about your favorite easy reader or read-aloud books that you love! I hope you enjoyed this round-up of books for kindergarteners!
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I’ll have to check some of these out! Love the early reader suggestions, we struggle finding books at the library that are simple enough for Alden to read on his own.
If you haven’t read “If I Built a Car” and “If I Built a House” by Van Dusen you should definitely check those out. They are hands down Alden’s favorites.
You should! Alden might be more advanced than Greyson is with reading. The Flip-A-Word books are really basic (like the most basic early readers I could find), but they are really helpful at our stage in reading. So, I hadn’t heard of those two books but I went online and realized that we’ve read quite a bit by that author. The circus book that I linked up is by him as well as the Mercy Watson books (which are early chapter books with pictures – we LOVE them!). The library only has the car one, but I put it on hold! Thanks!
We always loved sheep in a jeep and so many more. I can’t believe mine are too old already 🙁
This is SO great! We’re always on the hunt for new books! Thanks for sharing!!!
Thanks Kristi! Hope you guys love them.