Tuesday, June 19, 2007


I know that some of y'all have 5-year olds in your life. Can you recommend any favorite books for kids that age? Thanks!


Blogger Shirky said...

for them to read or for you to read to them?

4:18 PM  
Blogger Psycho Kitty said...

As far as picture books, the good Dr. Seuss is always a hit for giggles, or if you feel like getting all choked up, ANYthing by Martin Waddell. Esp. "Once There Were Giants". Sniff. William Steig is suitably subversive.

Easy reading--you've got the Seuss, the Bearentstein Bears, the Little Monster books, all the Little Bears.

As far as reading-to books, Magic Treehouse is always a hit, although frankly the writing's a bit bland for my taste, the Boy always loved the whole adventure aspect. And Junie B Jones rocks, I don't care what anyone says. If the kid in question has a good attention span for being read to, and if you can deal with some of the more blatant, uh, "issues"--Little House on the Prairie books. I'm sure I could think of more, but I'm hijacking your thread...

6:24 PM  
Blogger Clementine said...

It's a gift for a child we've only met a few times. We want to give him something that will last forever, so a book seemed good. If y'all have other ideas, I'd lvoe to hear them!

8:29 PM  
Anonymous trista said...

Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book)
by Jon J Muth (Illustrator) Is a beautiful book I saw in our school library- the kindergarten's love it. It's got a Zen principle going on there- don't know who the gift is for, but anyone can appreciate the pictures.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Clementine said...

Thanks, Trista!

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Mehitabel said...

I Spy books are a great hit with my five year old and I love looking at the pictures too. It's a great snuggle together activity.
The Charlie and Lola books are funny and have great illustrations and dialogue.

And I'll put in a vote for Dr. Seuss as well--Green Eggs and Ham is a favorite at the moment because he can read some of the words already, in which he takes great delight.

Oh, and "Ask Me" by Antje Damm makes for great conversation and has wonderful illustrations too.

Well, you can see, I could talk on and on--have fun book shopping!

12:09 PM  
Blogger lo said...

Red is Best!
A favourite and classic in our home.
Also, i often give books by Shel Silverstein-they are great 'keeper' books. The Giving Tree is my FAVE:)

1:47 PM  

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