Best Early Learning Books for 5 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 early learning books for 5 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Book and Plush Gift Set

by: Sherri Duskey RinkerTom Lichtenheld
Release date: Aug 02, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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The New York Times bestselling bedtime book (four years-and-counting!) is now available in mini format with a cute plush!

Snuggle up with a plush Excavator and this portable mini edition of the international bestseller.
As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

This adorable plush + book gift set will be a bedtime favorite for construction-crazy kids everywhere. Love the story and need even more excitement? You and your little reader can CRUNCH, VROOM, BEEP, YAWN and SNORE along with Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site SOUND BOOK—also available!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

2. Gabe: The Dog Who Sniffs Out Danger

by: Thea FeldmanChris Danger
Release date: Sep 09, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Meet Gabe, a real dog who worked with the United States military, in this Level 2 Ready-to-Read based on one of the winners of the annual American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™!

Meet Gabe. Gabe had an important job: He used his canine sense of smell to find weapons before they hurt anyone. Gabe saved lives! When he wasn’t sniffing out explosives in Iraq, Gabe spent his time cheering up wounded soldiers in the hospital and visiting schools across the United States! Read his action-packed story to find out more about what he did and what made Gabe a hero dog!

Emerging readers will love discovering the inspiring, action-packed story of a different heroic dog in each book of the Hero Dog series.

©2014 American Humane Association. The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ is a trademark of the American Humane Association.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

3. We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through Tanzania

by: Laurie KrebsJulia Cairns
Release date: Sep 30, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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Everyone is invited to join Arusha, Mosi and Tumpe as they set out on a counting journey through the Tanzanian plains. Along the way, they spy all sorts of animals – including elephants, lions and monkeys – while learning to count from one to ten in both English and Kiswahili.
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Children’s Books > Geography & Cultures > Explore the World > Africa

4. Slinky Malinki, Open the Door (Hairy Maclary and Friends)

by: Lynley Dodd
Release date: Aug 05, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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A board book version of this bestselling picture book. When Slinky Malinki and Stickybeak Sid are left in the house on their own, they cause absolute mayhem by opening all the craefully shut doorsi the house – a leave a trailof detruction from bathroom to bedroom to kitchen. But then Slinky Malinki opens the final door and comes face to face with his old adversary – Hairy Maclary!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

5. Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors (Sidman, Joyce)

by: Joyce SidmanPamela Zagarenski
Release date: Apr 06, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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With original and spot-on perceptions, Joyce Sidman’s poetry brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, combining the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste. In this Caldecott Honor book, illustrator Pam Zagarenski’s interpretations go beyond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature

6. Hubert’s Hair Raising Adventure (Sandpiper Books)

by: Bill Peet
Release date: Sep 19, 1979
Number of Pages: 40
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Hubert the lion, terribly vain about his beautiful mane, tries everything to make it grow back after it goes up in smoke.
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Children’s Books > Humor

7. Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia

by: Michael Arndt
Release date: Mar 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 36
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Dog says woof . . . pig says oink . . . cow says moo. Animals and the sounds they make are paired up in playfully compelling ways in this eye-catching illustrated gift book featuring bold colors and an engaging use of onomatopoeia. Kids and parents will delight in discovering the ways in which the letters that spell out each animal’s sound are key elements of that animal’s illustration. With so much to see and to sound out, kids will relish this unique visual and educational experience, brimming with color and letters. Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.
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Children’s Books > Animals

8. Anatole

by: Eve Titus
Release date: Jan 12, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family–but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note–“good,” “not so good,” “needs orange peel”–and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed–but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward–if only they could find him…
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

9. Everything Has a Place: Early Reader for Kids Ages 3-5

by: Laura Ceville
Release date: Jul 03, 2016
Number of Pages: 15
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A fun, colorful read to help a child learn where things go! Mama helps Little Rooster learn that everything has a place with a little patience and love! This charming picture book will help you begin the discussion on how to teach your own Little Rooster or Little Chicken where to put their toys, books and more!
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Children’s Books > Early Learning > Basic Concepts

10. On the Moon

by: Anna MilbourneBenji Davies
Release date: Apr 30, 2004
Number of Pages: 22
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Combining full-colour illustrations with NASA photographs from the surface of the moon, this illustrated picture book takes young children on an amazing journey into outer space.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Astronomy & Space > Aeronautics & Space

11. A New Friend (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse Book 1)

by: Poppy GreenJennifer A. Bell
Release date: Jan 20, 2015
Number of Pages: 129
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In this first of a charming series about a little mouse and her forest friends, Sophie Mouse must convince her classmates—and herself—that a new student is nothing to fear. Even if he is a snake! Readers will delight in The Adventures of Sophie Mouse!

In the first book of The Adventures of Sophie Mouse, springtime has arrived at Silverlake Forest! The animals are coming out of their homes, buds are blooming on the trees, and the air smells of honeysuckles and tree bark. Sophie Mouse can’t wait to go back to school after the long winter break.

Even better, there’s a new student in class—Sophie loves meeting new animals! But the class gasps when Owen enters: he’s a snake! No one is brave enough to sit near him, or play with Owen at recess, or even talk to him. Can Sophie help her friends understand that Owen’s not scary after all?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Adventures of Sophie Mouse chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

12. The Wuggie Norple Story

by: Daniel Manus PinkwaterTomie dePaola
Release date: Oct 01, 1988
Number of Pages: 40
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Lunchbox Louie gives his son, King Waffle, a kitten called Wuggie Norple. The kitten grows in leaps and bounds as Lunchbox Louie continues to bring home bigger and bigger animals to prove to his wife and son that Wuggie Norple is extraordinarily large. Full-color illustrations.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

13. Zoom (My Little World)

by: Jonathan LittonFhiona Galloway
Release date: Mar 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 16
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Who will win this colorful race? Bright artwork, pages of finger-holes, and an exciting rhyming story make learning about colors fun!
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Children’s Books > Early Learning > Basic Concepts > Colors

14. You Choose!

by: Pippa GoodhartNick Sharratt
Release date: Jun 16, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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A book with a different ending — every time!

If you could do anything, what would you choose? Imagine you could go anywhere, with anyone and do anything. Where would you live? Where would you sleep? Who would be your friends? What games would you play? Go on . . . You choose! With the help of witty illustrations, and a whole range of scenarios to choose from, this highly original book has a different ending every time and makes choosing, and reading, fun.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

15. Who Hops?

by: Katie Davis
Release date: Sep 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 40
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Frogs hop. Rabbits hop. Kangaroos hop. Cows hop. Cows hop?! No they don’t, of course, and so begins the simple repetitive pattern of this clever book. From the cow that doesn’t hop to the giraffe that doesn’t crawl, animals on brightly colored page after page offer up giggles galore and a delightfully silly look at the way some creatures do–and don’t–get around. When the time comes to guess who hops and flies and slithers and swims and crawls, observant young readers just might know the answer!
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Children’s Books > Animals

16. Busy Chickens (A Busy Book)

by: John SchindelSteven Holt
Release date: Mar 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 20
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Hens, roosters, and chicks take center stage in the latest addition to the Busy Book series. Through gorgeous color photographs children will recognize chickens–both familiar and spectacularly fancy–busy performing actions like squawking, perching, leaping, and more.Reviews“Those who don’t love chickens need not apply. This full color photographic board book is all about barnyard birds in action: “cheeping,” and “leaping”; “caring” for their eggs; as well as chickens with elaborate mohawks and an interest in taking naps. For those who wish to move beyond the coop, a series of other “Busy” beasts are available.” —Publishers Weekly
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

17. The ABC’s of Australian Animals: An Interactive Kids Yoga Book

by: Giselle ShardlowEmily Gedzyk
Release date: Sep 05, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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Give Your Children the Healthy Benefits of Yoga with this Kids Yoga Stories Adventure Book. Learn the alphabet with Luke’s ABC’s of Australian Animals!

Curl up like a koala, hop like a kangaroo, and waddle like a wombat as you act out Australian animals through this unique and interactive alphabet book. The book includes an alphabetical list of Kids Yoga Poses and a Parent-Teacher Guide.

Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! This book for toddlers and preschoolers is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children. Learn something new, explore movement, and have fun together! A matching coloring book, Luke’s A to Z of Australian Animals, is also available.

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Children’s Books > Geography & Cultures > Explore the World > Australia & Oceania

18. Bizz and Buzz Make Honey Buns (Penguin Core Concepts)

by: Dee Leone
Release date: Jun 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Bizz and Buzz are two bees who want to make honey buns. So, they ask their friend Bear for his recipe. Although the directions seem simple, Bizz and Buzz make mistake after mistake, like finding a little flower instead of adding a little flour. What will bee-come of the honey buns?

Bizz and Buzz Make Honey Buns covers the concepts Friendship and Problem Solving.

tags:

Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

19. Family Of Earth

by: Schim Schimmel
Release date: Sep 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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Based on the original and best selling titles by Schim Schimmel, Children of the Earth . . . Remember and The Family of Earth ? now in a format for very young children. These two books have been condensed into board books that are perfect for little hands (and teething babies!). In sturdy board book format featuring Schimmel’s most lovable baby animals, toddlers will be captivated by the bright colors and adorable creatures. The subtle, lulling text is perfect for bedtime reading. Each book features a new cuddly cover!
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Children’s Books > Animals

20. Such a Silly Baby!

by: Steffanie LorigRichard LorigAmanda Shepherd
Release date: Dec 20, 2007
Number of Pages: 36
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Bursting with bright illustrations and a rollicking text, this boisterous book invites readers to hoot, neigh, snort, and giggle along with a very silly baby.
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Children’s Books > Animals

21. Bebé Goes Shopping

by: Susan Middleton ElyaSteven Salerno
Release date: Apr 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 36
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A quick trip to the supermercado? Not with Bebe in the shopping cart. Just as Mama is ready to throw up her manos, she gives sweet Bebe a box of animal cookies. A dulce, at last! Then they’re off to the checkout line, smiling all the way.
    
Includes a glossary of Spanish words.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Experiences

22. Counting Dogs (Numbers Storybox Book)

by: Eric Barclay
Release date: May 26, 2015
Number of Pages: 16
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An adorable new novelty counting book by Eric Barclay!

Follow ten adorable dogs as they learn to count from one to ten using the animals around their neighborhood. A simple counting story brillianty packaged in a unique, hands-on Storybox format with die-cut, tabbed board pages that will keep kids learning and having fun!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

23. Gregory McFlea the Excitement B

by: Justin StanislausJulianne Kelly
Release date: May 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 36
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Gregory McFlea is a bug who is bored with the life of a flea and is obsessed with the letter B. Gregory describes his big adventure from a dog’s backside to a buzzing beehive, using a bountiful number of words that begin with the letter B. Join Gregory as he goes through a bugged out transformation from flea to bee, then back again; learning that the best thing you can be is yourself.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

24. Presiona Aqui (Press Here Spanish language edition) (Spanish Edition)

by: Herve Tullet
Release date: Jul 25, 2012
Number of Pages: 56
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Press Here, the irrepressible New York Times bestseller, is now available in a Spanish language edition. With four starred reviews, a long-running spot as a New York Times bestseller, and appearances on almost every major “Best of Year” list, this remarkable book has won ardent fans everywhere with its simple but irresistible conceit: PRESS HERE on the yellow dot and watch the magic happen! Proving that the power of imagination trumps all technology and sophisticated language, this book’s compelling interactivity makes it perfect to read (and play!) in the multilingual home or classroom.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Foreign Language Learning > Spanish

25. There Once Was a Puffin

by: Florence Page JaquesLaura McGee Kvasnosky
Release date: Oct 27, 2002
Number of Pages: 24
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Boldly colored pictures complement a rollicking story in rhyme about a little puffin whose fondness for fishes (he has them for supper and tea) sets the stage for an unusual friendship.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Marine Life

26. Hush Little Ones

by: John ButlerJohn Butler
Release date: May 29, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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Join baby animals from all around the world as they go to sleep in their natural environments. Stunning illustrations and a warm, lyrical text make this a picture book to share, treasure and enjoy.
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27. Not Just a Dot

by: Loryn Brantz
Release date: Sep 02, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Dot is feeling a bit underappreciated. After all, Dot is only a dot, and what good is a dot? It looks like Dot could use a reminder of his important place in the world. How could a person see if he only had one dotted eye? And what would a dalmatian be without all its spots? More importantly, how could children ask for sweet treats without the dot in a question mark? Dot is about to get a big lesson on just how important he is?because there’s a special spot for every dot in this world!

From author/illustrator Loryn Brantz comes a witty story about confidence and value. Interactive dialogue and illustrations encourage readers to point out missing dots on each page and makes Not Just a Dot a wonderful tool for teaching self-confidence.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers?picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

28. Click, Clack, 123

by: Doreen Cronin
Release date: Jun 05, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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1 farmer sleeping. 2 feet creeping. 3 buckets piled high. 4 chickens standing by. Poor Farmer Brown is about to be tricked again by Duck! While the farmer is sleeping the afternoon away, the animals have decided to go fishing (fishing Farmer Brown’s goldfish out of his fish tank, and setting them free in the pond, that is) and getting past Farmer Brown is as easy as 1,2,3! Come along as Duck and friends teach their very young readers how to count. Click, clack, splash!!
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Children’s Books > Humor

29. EyeLike Colors

by: PlayBac
Release date: Oct 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 64
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Every color and hue can be found in nature!  Red, yellow, green, and blue, purple, pink, and orange, too!  We experience color in everything wee see in the world around us.  EyeLike Colors is a visual feast of spectacular photos revealing the unexpected relationships of colors in the natural world. Those who take a closer look will find a thousand shades to delight and inspire. Whether it is a forest, an olive, or an apple, no green is the same!

Give your children books to build basic skills and stimulate a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Inspired by nature, this best-selling series is a fun, innovative way for kids to see, learn, and grow. Colors, Numbers, Shapes, and more, come alive in 32 full-color spreads loaded with bold, eye-catching photographs. Nature can be an excellent teacher!

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Children’s Books

30. A Fish to Feed

by: Ellen MayerYing-Hwa Hu
Release date: Jun 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 18
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***A board book with a special feature!
A father and his child go shopping, searching for a pet fish. They find and talk about many things along the way, but where is the fish? Toddlers will love searching for that special fish. Adults can learn ways to support children’s language and speech development from A Fish to Feed.

Small Talk Books ® are playful stories celebrating diversity while featuring young children and their parents talking and having fun together. The books show families how to build young children’s language through conversation, during everyday small moments together. Frequent small talks add up to big learning gains for young children!

Adult characters in the stories model fun and enriching ways to talk with babies and young children. In A Fish to Feed, the father talks with his toddler about what interests the child. He responds to the child’s two words in different ways that all provide the child with more language.

Each book in the series also contains a note by early childhood language and literacy expert Dr. Betty Bardige, author of Talk to Me, Baby! How You Can Support Young Children’s Language Development.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

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