Book Reading List For Kids Ages 5-7

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

When children read for pleasure, they acquire language skills, they acquire large vocabulary, are able to understand and use complex grammatical constructions, develop good writing style and become good spellers.


There are so many books written for children. There is always a challenge in trying to find the best age-appropriate literature.


This book reading list is an adaptation of the list provided by Calvary Classical School in Hampton, Virginia and by TGC, who have kindly granted me permission to produce this adaptation.


The books are divided into three levels. Books with a “+” denote that any title in that series would be acceptable.


I’ve provided the link to the book on Amazon. You can also, of course, look for the books at libraries and used bookstores.


Class 1 (5 - 6 Year Old) Reading List


Books to be read aloud by teacher/parent:

Leaf, Munro. How to Behave and Why

Leaf, Munro. How to Speak Politely and Why

Taylor, Helen. Little Pilgrim’s Progress

Leithart, Peter. Wise Words: Family Stories that Bring the Proverbs to Life

Brown, Jeff. Flat Stanley

Dalgliesh, Alice. The Courage of Sarah Noble

Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic

Lloyd-Jones, Sally. The Jesus Storybook Bible


Level 1

Bulla, Clyde. Daniel’s Duck

Chandler, Edna. Cowboy Sam +

Frasconi, Antonio. The House that Jack Built

Graham, Margaret. Benjy’s Dog House +

Hoff, Syd. Sammy the Seal

Hoff, Syd. Danny and the Dinosaur+

Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed

Lionni, Leo. Inch by Inch

Littledale, Freya. The Magic Fish

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends +

Offen, Hilda. A Treasury of Mother Goose

Seuss, Dr. Beginner Books +

Seuss, Dr. Bright and Early Books +

Tabak, Simms. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Wood, Audrey. Quick as a Cricket


Level 2

Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar +

Davoll, Barbara. The Potluck Supper +

Daugherty, James. Andy and the Lion

Duvoisin, Roger. Petunia

Flack, Marjorie. Angus and the Ducks

Freeman, Don. Corduroy +

Galdone, Paul. The Little Red Hen

Galdone, Paul. The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Hoban, Russell. Bedtime for Frances +

Hunt, Angela. A Gift for Grandpa

Keats, Ezra. Peter’s Chair

Marshall, James. George and Martha +

McGovern, Ann. Stone Soup

Minarik, Else. Little Bear +

Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie+

Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia +

Rey, Margaret & H.A. Curious George +

Richardson, Arleta. A Day at the Fair

Sharmat, Marjorie. Nate the Great +

Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog +


Level 3

Buckley, Helen. Grandmother and I

Burton, Virginia. Maybelle the Cable Car

Coerr, Eleanor. The Josefina Story Quilt

De Regniers, Beatrice. May I Bring a Friend?

Ets, Marie. Just Me

Gramatky, Hardie. Little Toot +

Hader, Berta. The Big Snow

Keats, Ezra. Whistle for Willie

Lewis, Kim. Floss +

Lowry, Jannette. The Poky Little Puppy

McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings

Piper, Watty. The Little Engine that Could

Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit +

Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are

Turkle, Brinton. Thy Friend, Obadiah +

Ward, Lynd. The Biggest Bear

Wilder, Laura. My First Little House Books +

Williams, Vera. A Chair for My Mother



Class 2 (6 - 7 Year Old) Reading List


Books to be read aloud by teacher/parent:

Andersen, Hans C. The Emperor’s New Clothes

Brown, Marcia. Dick Whittington and His Cat

Burton, Virginia. The Little House

Burton, Virginia. Mike Mulligan and His Steamshovel

Cauley, Lorinda. The Ugly Duckling

Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Cleary, Beverly. Ribsy

Dalgliesh, Alice. The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

Lewis, C. S. The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe

McCloskey, Robert. Time of Wonder

Steig, William. Doctor De Soto

Warner, Gertrude. The Box-Car Children (vol. 1)

Williams, Marjorie. The Velveteen Rabbit


Level 1

Cannon, Janell. Stellaluna

Galdone, Paul. The Gingerbread Boy

Galdone, Paul. The Three Bears

Galdone, Paul. The Three Little Pigs

Kessel, Joyce. Squanto and the First Thanksgiving

Roop, Peter and Connie. Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale

Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon


Level 2

Anderson, C. W. Billy and Blaze +

Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline +

Bontemps, Arna & Conroy Jack. The Fast Sooner Hound

Calhoun, Mary. Cross-Country Cat

DeBrunhoff, Jean. Babar +

Flack, Marjorie. The Story about Ping

Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats

Gauch, Patricia. Thunder at Gettysburg

Haywood, Carolyn. Betsy & Billy +

Hope, Laura Lee. The Bobbsey Twins +

Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand

Loveless, Maude. Betsy-Tacy +

Milne, A. A. When We Were Young

Milne, A. A. Now We are Six

Politi, Leo. Song of the Swallows

Steig, William. Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa

Taha, Karen. A Gift for Tia Rosa

Warner, Gertrude. The Boxcar Children +

Ziefert, Harriet. A New Coat for Anna


Level 3

Aardemas, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Harness, Cheryl. Three Young Pilgrims

Le Gallienne, Eva. Seven Tales by H. C. Andersen

McCloskey, Robert. Blueberries for Sal

McCloskey, Robert. Lentil

McCloskey, Robert. One Morning in Maine

Mowat, Farley. Owls in the Family

Nesbit, E. The Railway Children +

Sobol, Donald. Secret Agents Four

Sproul, R. C. The King Without a Shadow

West, Jerry. The Happy Hollisters +

Williams, Jay. Danny Dunn +




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