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Welcome to the wonderful world of reading for 5-year-olds! Learning to read at this age is a significant milestone that can have a lasting impact on your child's academic success and personal development.
This is why we’re exploring the importance of selecting the right books for your little one, sharing characteristics of great reading material and even recommending some fantastic books that are just right for 5-year-olds. Let's set off on this literary adventure together!
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Around the age of five, children reach cognitive development milestones that make it an ideal time to start learning to read. This is when they transition from preschool and exposure to books can significantly help with their vocabulary development, comprehension and imagination.
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Make sure that the content is suitable and engaging featuring simple, repetitive language perfect for early readers.
Look for books that align with your child's interests, whether it's animals, adventures, sports or relatable characters and situations.
Opt for books with colourful and captivating illustrations that enhance the storytelling experience and keep your child visually engaged.
Choose books with interactive features like read-aloud options and quizzes, or physical books with flaps and textures for a hands-on experience. These elements are particularly engaging for some kids.
Go for books some of the time that feature educational content like letters, numbers and interesting facts about your child’s world – presented in a fun way of course!
So now that we’ve covered what makes the perfect books for 5-year-olds, here are five fantastic reads your little one is sure to love. Find these books and over 3,500 others in the Reading Eggs Library - with all kinds of themes and genres your reader is sure to find a book that’s right up their alley! Once they’ve read the suggestions below, ask them to choose some more, so they continue building their literacy skills.
This phonics series reader will not only thoroughly entertain your child, but also help build their growing knowledge of sounds and spelling relationships. It includes sections that guide you with questions to ask, suggestions to practise fluency and ways to discuss speech marks within the book. Towards the end, you'll discover a page where your little one can practise reading specific words categorised into "Words You Know," "Try These Words" and "You Also Know These Words" to reinforce skills. Plus, there is an end-of-book quiz too!
If you have a child with a passion for drama, they’ll love this play from the Fantastic Forest series! Introducing your child to different genres is a great way to show them the variety of books they can explore. This colourful, fun tale features multi-level scripts to build comprehension and fluency. Not only is there a lovable cast of characters, but there are also craft suggestions at the end to create simple props.
Non-fiction books are a great way to introduce 5-year-olds to new situations, such as visiting the dentist. Your young reader can come along for Ann’s appointment as she sits in the dentist's chair, has her teeth checked and is shown how to brush her teeth by a kind dentist. Non-fiction books offer wonderful opportunities for questions and discussions. Once they’ve read this book, they can give the end-of-lesson quiz a go to reinforce their understanding.
This book is full of spectacular photographs of adorable animals for your 5-year-old to marvel at. Each animal has their own little story for your child to read and they can decode words as they go. The letters, sounds, rhymes and high-frequency words in this book will help build your child’s phonemic awareness, phonics and vocabulary.
Beautifully illustrated, this magical book is sure to spark your 5-year-old’s imagination as they are introduced to the inhabitants of Lost Island – from dinosaurs to fairies and tree dwellers. This is part of the Storylands series that is perfect for emergent, early and early fluent readers. Why not read them all?
Nurturing your child's reading skills doesn’t need to be difficult! Make it a delightful reading adventure that you can embark on together. Here are five practical tips:
Let your child have a say in choosing the books they want to read. Follow their interest and it will help them to develop a lifelong love of reading.
Talk about the book's cover and the title. Ask them what they think they’ll find inside from the hints on the outside of the book.
Share the reading experience by taking turns with your child. This is a nice way to encourage a reluctant reader as the onus isn’t only on them.
Prompt your child to ask questions about the story, characters, or anything else that piques their curiosity. This will help them develop comprehension skills and read for meaning.
Celebrate their reading milestones with praise and encouragement. Examples of this can be if they’ve sounded out a word correctly, recognised words they’ve been learning, or read with expression.
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So, not only will you foster a lifelong love for reading by following these book tips for your 5-year-old, but you’ll also be setting them up for academic success. Reading is fundamental to doing well in all subjects throughout school – and beyond!
Best of all, these moments of shared reading with your little one are sure to create cherished memories too.