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Reading List (ages 5-7)

English Books

  • Poems by Jack Prelutsky; I would start with "Scranimals" first, not only is the book fun, but some of the vocabulary they will pick up from the poems is definitely beyond this age, which they are able to absorb so much easier in the poetic form, and will make them seek out the meaning of the work, remember it and use it.
  • Junie B. Jones series
  • Magic Tree House series
  • My 7 year old loves the "who was ... " series (nonfiction). She read about 15 of them already.
  • Mozart, Einstein, Neil Armstrong, etc.
    We just finished reading the first Harry Potter, but I was reading it to her.
  • Our 7 yo read all the Magic Tree House books (enjoyed them a lot). Just finished The Hobbit, and is in the middle of second Harry Potter book. Also, Charlotte's Web (recently). However, when he was 6, the list was much simpler - Magic Tree House mostly.
  • A to Z mysteries
  • Cam Jansen
  • Encyclopedia Brown
  • Magic School Bus chapter books
  • Puppy Place series
  • Amelia Bedelia, though simpler text, is great for learning language idioms and is pretty funny so kids enjoy them.
  • Some kids don't like fiction books at all and would prefer non-fiction. Time for Kids might be good choice. National Geographic also makes some very nice kids books.
  • My 6 year old loved Charlotte's Web - and I loved it too but I had to read it to her. The language is not easy - more of a 2nd -3rd grade level at least - it was written in the 50s so many of the words used are not in frequent use today.
  • The teeny-Tiny Woman by Ziefert
  • Frog and Toad Together - by Lobel
  • Curious George books
  • The Snow child - Ziefer
  • Morris & Boris at the Circus - Eiseman
  • Houndsley & Catina series - M. Gay (detective stories)
  • Simple Prince - by Yolen
  • Spider Jane on the Move - Yolen
  • Commander Toad series by Yolen -(space/astronomy/adventures)
  • The Giants' Farm - Yolen
  • Series of unfortunate events (with my help);
  • Clementine
  • Flat Stanley
  • Pippy Longstocking
  • The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
  • Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy
  • Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline
  • books by Dan Greenburg (Zack and ...)
  • Odyssey series by Mary Pope Osborne who wrote the Magic Tree House books and retold the Odyssey for kids. He also likes anything by Tony Abbott.
  • Nate The Great series by Marjorie Sharmat
  • Very fun and easy for the relatively new reader are Adventues of Fluffy by Kate McMillan.
  • Fudge Series (Superfudge, Doublefudge, etc) by Judy Blume and I absolutely love these books too. Really great writing, very funny and especially good for the kid dealing wth pesky young brothers/sisters.
  • Karlsson by A. Lindgren and Moomin series by Tove Jansson are good for this age and are available in English.
  • My son also loves all books by Ron Dahl, including 'Charlie and chocolate factory', Matilda, BFG and others. He also likes Flat Stanley books, 'Wimpy kid' books and Captain Underpants series.
  • My 7 yo girl read Ulysses Moore right now (The Long-Lost Map)
  • My son really enjoyed the "Little Critter" series of books by Mercer Mayer when he was 5 and learning to read. Also, "How do Dinosaurs . . . (Say I love you/Say Good Night/etc.) by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. Curious George collections also worked well though, depending on a child's reading level, that might be a bit more challenging for a 5-year-old.
  • Fancy Nancy
  • Little Bear
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby
  • Young Cam Janson
  • My 5 yo son really likes Ready, Freddy series. It's very similar to Junie B books in format, only the main character is a boy. They come in different reading levels, too. He also likes Magic School Bus series. They read Magic Tree House books in school, it's my single most favorite thing about his school program so far and he is really into them. You should give them a try. He also likes Dr. Seuss books, such as Happy Birthday To You, The Sneetches and the Lorax which is his absolute favorite. Like many boys, he likes non-fiction books, too, about planets, dinosaurs, animals, etc. I usually order them from Scholastic. Lastly, he'll read anything about superheros.
  • Cam Jansen went pretty well around the time he was 6-6.5 but shortly after those became "time filler" books, he wasn't as excited about them.
  • The Magic School bus, from classical to adventure to chapter books. It's realistic fiction, so there's some character development going on but mainly they go into detail about how things around us work. He couldn't put those down.
  • Junie B. Jones seems to be popular but I didn't like those because I read a few pages from a few books and I thought that the kids were extremely disrespectful in the way they spoke with adults. The derogatory comments about school, school rules, other students, teachers, etc were a total turn-off for me. Moreover, there's no consequence that follows the attitude. So, I'm not a fan.

Russian Books


  • Ульф Старк «Пусть танцуют белые медведи»
  • Ондржей Секора «Муравей Ферда»
  • Свен Нурдквист «История о том, как Финдус потерялся, когда был маленький», «Переполох в огороде», «Именинный пирог», «Проделки Финдуса», , «Петсон идет в поход», «Чужак в огороде», «Рождество в домике Петсона», «Петсон грустит», «Охота на лис»
  • Анни Шмидт «Саша и Маша» (все книги), «Плюк из Петтэфлета»
  • Ирина и Леонид Тюхтяевы «Зоки и Бада: Пособие для детей по воспитанию родителей»
  • Нанетти А. « Как мой дедушка был вишней»
  • Ирина Токмакова: «Ася, Кляксич и буква А»
  • Александр Введенский «О Девочке Маше»
  • Сергей Седов «Сказки про мам»
  • Ян Экхольм «Тутта Карлссон первая и единственная, Людвиг Четырнадцатый и другие»
  • Томи Унгерер «Приключение семейки Хрюллопс»
  • Энн Хогарт «Мафин и его веселые друзья»
  • Отфрид Пройслер «Разбойник Хотценплотц и перцовый пистолет», «Разбойник Хотценплотц и хрустальный шар», «Разбойник Хотценплотц и муравейник с начинкой»
  • Рэде П. « Все о непрслушных принцессах»
  • Арнольд Лобел «Пуговица», «Воздушный змей», «Квак и Жаб круглый год», «Квак и Жаб снова вместе»
  • Людвиг Бемельманс «Мадлен», «Мадлен и собака», «Мадлен в Лондоне»
  • Марджери Уильямс «Плюшевый заяц, или Как игрушки становятся настоящими»
  • Джейн О'Коннор «Изысканная Нэнси», «Изысканная Нэнси и роскошный щенок»
  • Гудрун Мебс «Бабушка! — кричит Фридер»
  • Мария Крюгер «Голубая Бусинка», «Голубой Мелок»
  • Andrei Lubenskii "Slunskie istorii"
  • Bulat Okujava "Prelestnye priklyucheniya" s risunkami avtora
  • My 6 y.o. loved Deniskini Rasskazi Dragynskogo. Seichas dochitivaet knigy Zozhenko, rasskazi pro Lelyu i Min'ky.
  • Snow White is very much an international story. Link below to Book with CD audio story in Russian if anybody interested.

  • We LOVED Alya, Klyaksich I bukva A as well as
    Tutta Karlson
  • Kvak I Zhab
  • Gruffalo, Dochurka Gruffalo, Ulitka i Kit - all by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • Vinny i Chernyy kot, Vinny i drakonchik - both by Valery Thomas and Corky Paul;
  • Pampukskaya Hryurya by Grigory Oster;
  • And many stories by Dragunskiy. is great for Russian kid books (they're US-based)
  • my daughter loved Pro Lyolyu i Minku when she was 5
    stories by Nosov (Neznaika, Mishkina kasha, etc.).





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