Best Early Learning Books for 6 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 early learning books for 6 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

by: Sherri Duskey RinkerTom Lichtenheld
Release date: May 04, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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The #1 New York Times 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 best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

And don’t forget! Crunch, vroom, beep, yawn and snore along with Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site SOUND BOOK. Available now.

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.
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Children’s Books > Animals

5. Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears

by: Cynthia RylantArthur Howard
Release date: Sep 15, 1995
Number of Pages: 44
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It is fall and juicy things are growing in Mr. Putter’s backyard–apples, tomatoes, and pears. Mr. Putter dreams of all the juicy things he loves to eat, but most of all, he dreams of pear jelly. There’s only one problem–cranky legs keep him from climbing up to pick the pears. His ingenious solution will have young readers cheering him on.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

6. Penguin on Vacation

by: Salina YoonSalina Yoon
Release date: Aug 20, 2013
Number of Pages: 34
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Penguin’s tired of the snow and cold–so he decides to go on vacation! But where should he go? And what new friends will he meet along the way?

Seasoned illustrator Salina Yoon’s spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring this favorite character to life, ensuring that readers will be clamoring for more Penguin stories–whether they find their home in the cold or the warm.

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Children’s Books > Animals

7. Mr. Putter & Tabby Bake the Cake

by: Cynthia RylantArthur Howard
Release date: Nov 30, 1994
Number of Pages: 44
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Mr. Putter and his beloved cat bake a light and airy Christmas cake for their neighbor Mrs. Teaberry. “Howard’s relaxed, mixed-media pictures catch the nuances of the cozy, affectionate relationship between an old man and a cat with all the right moves.”–Booklist
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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

8. 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

9. 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

10. Up, Up, Up! (A Barefoot Singalong)

by: Susan ReedRachel Oldfield
Release date: May 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 24
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This airborne adventure takes readers ballooning over lands near and far, all the way to the stars. The charming singalong song on the accompanying CD keeps spirits high, while the rhyming and playful text introduces all sorts of settings and vocabulary-building words.
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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

11. The Best Colors

by: Barbara Taff
Release date: May 17, 2012
Number of Pages: 56
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Age level – 3 and up. The primary colors Red, Yellow and Blue compete to be the best color in this fun adventure story where they are surprised to discover friendship and acceptance through color-mixing.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Prejudice & Racism

12. When the World Is Ready for Bed

by: Gillian ShieldsAnna Currey
Release date: Sep 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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When the world / Is ready for bed / The sky grows dark / The sun glows red.

The little flowers / Shut their eyes / The night birds sing / Their lullabies

Told with a gently rhyming text, this lovely story of the world falling asleep is just right for soothing babies and toddlers at bedtime.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

13. Mr. Putter & Tabby Ring the Bell

by: Cynthia RylantArthur Howard
Release date: Sep 13, 2011
Number of Pages: 44
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It’s back to school for Mr. Putter & Tabby!

Dong! Dong! Dong! The school bell is ringing. The crispy fall wind is blowing. Mr. Putter wishes he could go back to school—even for just one day. Then he has an idea: How about a visit during show-and-tell with Mrs. Teaberry, Tabby, and Zeke? The teacher agrees, but there’s one problem. She and the students expect pet tricks. Will Tabby and Zeke be able to deliver? Mr. Putter & Tabby Ring the Bell marks the twentieth book in this beloved series a perennial hit since 1994.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

14. 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

15. Little Astronomer: Journey Into The Solar System From The Sun To Eris (Kid Lit Science Book 1)

by: Julia StilchenJulia Stilchen
Release date: May 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 46
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Encourages children to learn about Astronomy and our place in the Solar System. Kids can discover the vast wonders of space by exploring the eight primary planets, comets, asteroids, moons, and dwarf planets. Each page illustrates a fun character that children will sure to enjoy as they learn the names and fun facts about each planet within the solar system.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Astronomy & Space > Astronomy

16. Eloise Ready-to-Read Value Pack: Eloise’s Summer Vacation; Eloise at the Wedding; Eloise and the Very Secret Room; Eloise Visits the Zoo; Eloise Throws a Party!; Eloise’s Pirate Adventure

by: Kay ThompsonHilary Knight
Release date: Jan 03, 2012
Number of Pages: 192
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Fans of Eloise will love this value pack of six Ready-to-Read stories for the price of four! For an added bonus, take a peek inside for tips to help your child become a reading star!

Emerging readers will love coming along with Eloise on six of her amazing tales. From a wedding day escapade to a trip to the zoo, every moment is an adventure with Eloise. Plus, check the inside of the packaging for a bonus set of tips to help your reading star soar to new heights. Included in this Ready-to-Read value pack are:

Eloise at the Wedding
Eloise’s Summer Vacation
Eloise and the Very Secret Room
Eloise Visits the Zoo
Eloise Throws a Party!
Eloise’s Pirate Adventure

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

17. Elusive Moose

by: Joan GannijClare Beaton
Release date: Feb 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Can you find the elusive moose in this simple hide-and seek book? Moose are very shy but if you look carefully, you should spot one on every page. You will also meet all kinds of other creatures and learn lots of fascinating facts about them along the way!
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Children’s Books > Animals

18. How Willy Got His Wheels

by: Deborah Turner
Release date: Jul 14, 1998
Number of Pages: 32
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Willy is a real-life handicapped Chihuahua, rescued from an animal hospital by a kind lady who tries several humorous ways to help Willy walk. First, they try balloons, then he becomes a terror on a skateboard. Finally, share Willy’s excitement when he gains his independence after being fitted with a small wheelchair.
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Children’s Books

19. 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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20. 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

21. 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

22. It’s a Piece of Cake

by: Laurie LunsfordBrittani Gothard
Release date: Jul 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 38
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It’s a Piece of Cake is simple and fun to read and will delight young readers. Through its colorful and whimsical illustrations, children will see the results of hard work and practice to accomplish things like learning to ride a bike, learning to skip, learning to get along with others, overcoming handicaps and many other important things in life. Each page is a springboard for talking about experiences. There are small details scattered through the pages that can be discovered in multiple readings.
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23. Words Aren’t Fair

by: Martha Biery
Release date: Oct 31, 2009
Number of Pages: 46
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Little Molly wants to learn to read But finds that words are hard indeed So a pooka comes and solves the mystery of words By telling Molly all of the history he’s heard He shows her how some words are built with sounds So she can read many words that are found Before Molly knows it she’s reading like never before She starts with the small words then goes for more Debut author Martha Biery resides in West Chester, PA where she is a reading specialist. Words Aren’t Fair was inspired by the years of experience she’s had teaching children how to read. Publisher’s website: http://www.eloquentbooks.com/WordsArentFair.html
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

24. The Adventures of Willy & Nilly

by: Diane Giurco
Release date: Nov 07, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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Follow the many adventures of Willy and Nilly, a brother and sister who live in the town of Ol?Kalucky, Kentucky. The fun really begins while walking home from their picnic; they stumble upon a litter of kittens! Thirty beautiful illustrations in an innovative and unique style. Both you and your child will find this book informative and entertaining. Ages 4 and up.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

25. Betcha! Estimating (Mathstart, Level 3)

by: Stuart J. MurphyS. D. Schindler
Release date: Aug 16, 1997
Number of Pages: 32
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What do cars, toys, people, and jelly beans have in common? They can all be estimated. Two friends try out their estimating skills and find out that estimating can have real rewards––especially when there’s a contest to enter!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

26. Go Go Mazes 4-6 (Gakken Workbooks)

by: Gakken
Release date: May 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 70
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The Go Go Series puts the emphasis on fun?so much so that children have no idea that they’re building important skills while they trace lines and shapes, cut and paste objects, solve mazes, create crafts, and tackle other simple, enjoyable activities. While they are playing, they are also:

??improving their hand-eye coordination

??building find motor skill

??learning how to follow increasingly challenging sequential directions

??sorting and matching things by shape or color

??enhancing their observational skills

??boosting their creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving skills

??acquiring and reinforcing healthy life habits

Every title includes Activity Stickers, Reward Stickers, and a Write-on/Wipe-off Game Board for more interactive learning.

??Reward Stickers: Let your child apply the reward stickers to each page when he or she is finished. Also, make sure to give plenty of praise! This is important for building confidence.

??Active Stickers: By using stickers to help make and complete the pages, your child’s creativity and imagination will be ignited.

??Write-on/Wipe-off Game Board: Crayons and whiteboard markers can be erased with a tissue. You can try it as many times, in as many ways as you like.

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

27. My Granny Went to Market

by: Stella BlackstoneChristopher Corr
Release date: Jan 10, 2005
Number of Pages: 24
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Join a very unusual Granny as she journeys around-the-world on a magic carpet, shopping for amazing treasures in all the places she visits. Taking young readers on a counting adventure through the different countries of the world, “My Granny Went To Market” also introduces children to maps and entertains them with rhyme along the way.
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Children’s Books > Geography & Cultures > Explore the World

28. Superstition In All Ages (Common Sense)

by: Jean Meslier
Release date: Mar 17, 2006
Number of Pages: 212
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From the intro: “Jean Meslier, born 1678, in the village of Mazerny, dependency of the duchy of Rethel, was the son of a serge weaver; brought up in the country, he nevertheless pursued his studies and succeeded to the priesthood. At the seminary, where he lived with much regularity, he devoted himself to the system of Descartes. Becoming curate of Etrepigny in Champagne and vicar of a little annexed parish named Bue, he was remarkable for the austerity of his habits. Devoted in all his duties, every year he gave what remained of his salary to the poor of his parishes; enthusiastic, and of rigid virtue, he was very temperate, as much in regard to his appetite as in relation to women. MM. Voiri and Delavaux, the one curate of Varq, the other curate of Boulzicourt, were his confessors, and the only ones with whom he associated. The curate Meslier was a rigid partisan of justice, and sometimes carried his zeal a little too far. The lord of his village, M. de Touilly, having ill-treated some peasants, he refused to pray for him in his service. M. de Mailly, Archbishop of Rheims, before whom the case was brought, condemned him. But the Sunday which followed this decision, the abbot Meslier stood in his pulpit and complained of the sentence of the cardinal. “This is,” said he, “the general fate of the poor country priest; the archbishops, who are great lords, scorn them and do not listen to them. Therefore, let us pray for the lord of this place. We will pray for Antoine de Touilly, that he may be converted and granted the grace that he may not wrong the poor and despoil the orphans.” His lordship, who was present at this mortifying supplication, brought new complaints before the same archbishop, who ordered the curate Meslier to come to Donchery, where he ill-treated him with abusive language. There have been scarcely any other events in his life, nor other benefice, than that of Etrepigny. He died in the odor of sanctity in the year 1733, fifty-five years old. It is believed that, disgusted with life, he expressly refused necessary food, because during his sickness he was not willing to take anything, not even a glass of wine.”
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Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People > Religious

29. Ten Dogs in the Window

by: Claire MasurelPamela Paparone
Release date: Feb 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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After ten dogs are placed in a display window for the whole wide world to see, one by one their numbers diminish until the last canine departs with its new owner.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

30. Richard Scarry’s Pie Rats Ahoy! (Step into Reading)

by: Richard Scarry
Release date: Mar 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Sneaky pirates give Uncle Willy the old heave-ho—and steal his pie! But Uncle Willy has a plan to foil those Pie Rats, and to make Busytown Bay safe again.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

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