Your Kid’s Next Read Book Lists: Best Books for 5 – 7 years
There is a tipping point when kids are learning to read where they are on the verge of being able to, but it all feels too hard for them. You wonder if it will ever ‘click’ for them. But when it does (and it will!) they are on their way to becoming independent readers. This list of books by the wonderful members of the Your Kids Next Read Facebook group are aimed for this reading group.
The Your Kids Next Read Facebook group is the place where all the cool kids are hanging out. The lovely Allison Tait set up this fast-growing group and invited me on board as a moderator. It is the place to share your thoughts on books your little ones love, links to relevant children’s book reviews, and, of course, to ask the group for suggestions and recommendations about books for your child to enjoy next.
You can join here.
Please note, these lists are member-generated and not edited with my teacher librarian hat on! Some of the titles may still be ‘too hard’ for some readers but all are worthy of consideration because one day, when your reader is up to them, they won’t be anymore.
Books for little ones aged 5-7 years.
For more books for this age range see my post ‘Best Books for Newly Independent Readers’.
‘Anzac Girl’ by Kate Simpson, Jess Racklyeft (Illustrator)
‘The Story of Doctor Dolittle’ by Hugh Lofting
‘The Bad Butterfly’ – Billie B Brown series by Sally Rippin
‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ – 3 Copy Collection by Enid Blyton
‘Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot’ – Book 1 by Anna Branford, Sarah Davis (Illustrator)
‘From Above the Clouds’ by Kezia Brett, Martina Heiduczek (Illustrator)
‘Feathers for Phoebe’ by Rod Clement
‘Rabbit’s Bad Habits’ by Julian Gough, Jim Field (Illustrator)
‘Perfect’ by Danny Parker, Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)
‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl
‘Anna Hibiscus’ by Atinuke
‘Meet Pippi Longstocking’ by Astrid Lindgren, Ingrid Nyman
‘Armadillo and Hare’ by Jeremy Strong, Rebecca Bagley (Illustrator)
‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks (Illustrator)
‘The Princess in Black’ series by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
‘The 13-Storey Treehouse’ series by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton
‘The Terrible Plop’ by Ursula Dubosarsky, Andrew Joyner (Illustrator)
‘According to Humphrey’ series by Betty G Birney
‘Ginger Green, Playdate Queen’ series by Kim Kane, Jon Davis (Illustrator)
‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum, Lorena Alvarez (Illustrator)
‘Claude in the Dog’ series by Alex T. Smith
‘Marge In Charge’ series by Isla Fisher, Eglantine Ceulemans (Illustrator)
‘Real Pigeons Fight Crime’ series by Andrew McDonald, Ben Wood (Illustrator)
‘Baby Aliens’ series by Pamela Butchart
‘Owl Diaries’ series by Rebecca Elliott
‘Sherlock Bones’ series by Renee Treml
‘Hodgepodge: How to Make a Pet Monster 1‘ by Lili Wilkinson, Dustin Spence (Illustrator)
‘Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros’ by Meg McKinlay, Leila Rudge (Illustrator)
‘A Bus Called Heaven’ by Bob Graham
‘Vognox the Viking and the Island of Skeletons’ by Nick Falk, Tony Flowers (Illustrator)
‘Little Red Train’s Race To The Finish’ by Ben Blathwayt
‘The Smeds and the Smoos’ by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
‘Searching for Cicadas’ by Lesley Gibbes, Judy Watson (Illustrator)
‘Lemonade Jones’ by Davina Bell, Karen Blair (Illustrator)
‘Ruby Red Shoes’ by Kate Knapp
‘Marlow Brown Scientist in the Making’ by Kesta Fleming, Marjory Gardner (Illustrator)
‘Hey Jack!’ Series by Sally Rippin
‘The Bad Guys Episode 1’ by Aaron Blabey
‘Mercy Watson’ series by Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)