17 best books for kids 5 years old

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Reading is one of the most important ways to form and educate a person from a very early age. At the age of 5, some children already know how to read on their own, but for most, of course, the question of getting to know the works together with their parents is more relevant. This develops the auditory perception of the world around and imaginative thinking, and bright illustrations, which usually appear in books, will help in this.

It was noted: children to whom their parents read a lot, compared to their peers, speak better, they form thoughts and sentences more clearly. But just reading is not enough – it is important to select useful and correct books. Of course, the classics are the best solution, but the developmental literature has recently also been inferior in usefulness for the development of children's abilities. We present an overview of the 17 best books for kids 5 years old, which are also suitable for boys and girls up to 7 years of preschool age.

Rating of the best books for children 5 years old

Nomination a place Name of product rating
Rating of the best books for children 5 years old 1 Thumbelina, Andersen Hans Christian 5.0
2 Professor Astrocat and his journey through the human body, Wolliman Dominic, Newman Ben 4.9
3 Wizard of the Emerald City, Volkov Alexander 4.9
4 Stories about animals, Bianki Vitaly 4.8
5 Winnie the Pooh and all, all, all, Alan Milne 4.8
6 The Scarlet Flower, Aksakov Sergey 4.7
7 The Kid and Carlson, Astrid Lindgren 4.7
8 How I Caught Little Men, Boris Zhitkov 4.7
9 The Adventures of Dunno and His Friends, Nosov Nikolay 4.6
10 'Game primer for children 5-7 years old with speech disorders', Tamara Ilyina 4.5
11 “I think and decide: for children 5-6 years old.” Volodina N.V. 4.5
12 I forgot something, and I don't remember what myself, Dellis Nelson 4.5
13 Flower-seven-flower, Kataev Valentin 4.5
14 Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors, Vitaly Gubarev 4.4
15 Blue Arrow Journey, Rodari Gianni 4.3
16 Girl from the city, Voronkova Lyubov 4.2
17 The Little Humpbacked Horse, Ershov Pyotr 4.1

Thumbelina, Andersen Hans Christian

Rating: 5.0

Thumbelina, Andersen Hans Christian

The famous 'Thumbelina' by Hans Christian Andersen is one of the first books to be read to a child around the age of 5. It will teach kindness and justice, respect for others and show: you need to accept people and phenomena as they are. Thumbelina lives in a flower of a kind woman, but a toad steals her, pursuing the goal of marrying his son. It turned out that the girl does not want to marry a freshwater one, river inhabitants will help her to free herself. After that, Thumbelina gets to the beetle, whose society makes fun of her – she has few legs and no antennae. Even the Mouse and the Mole, who, at first glance, do not wish the heroine anything bad, do not take into account her desires and needs, and only towards the end of the tale justice and goodness triumph. Thumbelina will be helped by the Swallow, rescued by the girl not far from the mouse hole. The bird takes the heroine to a fairyland, where, after a series of failures and grief, the girl gains wings and true love.

Professor Astrocat and his journey through the human body, Wolliman Dominic, Newman Ben

Rating: 4.9

Professor Astrocat and his journey through the human body, Wolliman Dominic, Newman Ben

The author of the book, Doctor of Science in Quantum Physics, Dominic Wolliman, made himself an object of study – it is through his body that Professor Astrocat travels with friends, reduced to the size of the smallest particles. They explore the entire body from crown to heels: how the brain, eyes, skeleton, nervous and circulatory systems work and what it consists of – in a word, children, reading a book, will be able to learn the basics of anatomy and become interested in this science. The author also talks about what it means to be alive, about cells, heredity, health, about the characteristics of the body of each person. The book is supported by vivid illustrations that are understandable for children 5-8 years old.

Professor Astrocat and His Journey Through the Human Body is an encyclopedia-leaning prose in partial comic book format. The book is really interesting to study not only for children, but also for their parents.

Wizard of the Emerald City, Volkov Alexander

Rating: 4.9

Wizard of the Emerald City, Volkov Alexander

Ellie, the Lumberjack, the Scarecrow are famous characters who immerse a child in the fascinating world of the Emerald City. This story was written back in 1939, but it is read in one breath to this day.

The girl Ellie with her dog Totoshka got from Kansas to a fairyland and immediately found herself in a whirlpool of adventure. But to get home, she needs the great wizard Goodwin, who lives in the Emerald City in Oz. On her way, she meets the Tin Woodman, the straw scarecrow, the Scarecrow, and other characters. Together, they show what real friendship, loyalty and courage are, teach the child to believe in himself and not be afraid of difficulties on the way to the cherished goal.

Let's note the skillfully constructed fascinating plot of the book 'The Wizard of the Emerald City': it bewitches even restless children, they have a desire to know how the action will develop and how the fairy tale will end.

Stories about animals, Bianki Vitaly

Rating: 4.8

Stories about animals, Bianki Vitaly

Few people know that Vitaly Bianki was an entomologist by education, he spent a lot of time on expeditions through the forests of Russia and studied insects, while simultaneously exploring the animal world. He watched the representatives of the fauna for a long time, and many stories are an artistic description of the life of the observed individuals, one might say that they are 'built on real events' with some literary decoration and 'revival'. It is for this reason that the works are so diverse in plot and fascinating to read, especially for children aged 5-6 years.

The main task of Vitaly Bianchi is to convey the beauty of wildlife to children and adults, because only few can learn its secrets on their own, especially for modern children living far from the forest.

Winnie the Pooh and all, all, all, Alan Milne

Rating: 4.8

Winnie the Pooh and all, all, all, Alan Milne

The tale of Winnie the Pooh by Alan Milne is almost 100 years old! Stories of plush animals by a boy named Christopher Robin have captured the hearts of children around the world. The book contains 18 chapters – individual fascinating stories that can be read every day. The bestseller about Winnie the Pooh is a real treasure trove of characters: a kind bear cub who loves to eat sweets, constantly coming up with songs, nozzles and chants for different situations; cheerful and active Tigger, meek Piglet, for some reason always sad Eeyore, Rabbit-perfectionist, kind and lovely Kanga and Ru. All of them are friendly with each other, and they will teach the child.

The book Winnie the Pooh and All-All-All is much more capacious than all the cartoons about the famous bear cub combined, so it should definitely be read with children 5-7 years old.

The Scarlet Flower, Aksakov Sergey

Rating: 4.7

The Scarlet Flower, Aksakov Sergey

The kindest Russian fairy tale by Sergei Aksakov 'The Scarlet Flower' is a story about how appearances are often deceiving, because, as we know, the monster turned out to be an enchanted prince, who at the very end, thanks to Nastya's kind heart and sincere love, forever takes on a human form. A classic example of a fairy tale with a happy ending, despite the lies of the sisters who do not want to let their sister go to the cherished island, as well as the fears of the main character.

The tale is written in an easy literary language, it is understandable without explanations, therefore it is perfect for reading with children from 5 years old.

The Kid and Carlson, Astrid Lindgren

Rating: 4.7

Kid and Carlson

Many cartoons have been filmed and performances based on the work 'The Kid and Carlson Who Lives on the Roof', but no production will reveal the essence of the work better than a book. Astrid Lingren is a children's writer, the language of her presentation is light and uncomplicated, fortunately, the Russian translators did not let down and did not burden the story.

Does Carlson really exist, or is it a figment of the imagination of a seven-year-old boy named Kid? When reading the work, everything will fall into place, and the child will accurately answer this question. Unlike the Soviet film adaptation, there are many characters in the book: Little Gunilla's girlfriend, Christer's classmate, Julius Janson's uncle, even the burglars have names! It is impossible to get lost in them: the plot is built consistently and harmoniously.

What will the book 'Kid and Carlson' teach a child? – she will help develop imagination and teach friendship, mutual assistance and understanding of each other.

How I Caught Little Men, Boris Zhitkov

Rating: 4.7

How I Caught Little Men, Boris Zhitkov

This tale is very short, but also interesting – how a boy once saw little people in a beautiful model of a boat and began to figure out how to catch them. Was it a fantasy, or was it true that unusual tiny people lived in grandmother's closet?

The narration is led by the author himself – Boris Zhitkov, who wrote the fairy tale at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries, therefore the presentation language is a bit specific, atypical for the modern Russian language. 'How I Caught Little Men' can be read in no more than half an hour. What will the fairy tale teach? – not be afraid to fantasize, but do it wisely so that the result is not like that of the hero of a fairy tale.

The Adventures of Dunno and His Friends, Nosov Nikolay

Rating: 4.6

The Adventures of Dunno and His Friends, Nosov Nikolay

The first part of the trilogy about Dunno became a cult work, based on which films were made, cartoons were drawn and performances were staged.

'The Adventures of Dunno and His Friends' is a story about little people living in the Flower City. Dunno himself is a short man, cheerful and sociable, but not the most assiduous and inquisitive, which is very different from his friends – calm and quiet characters. The characters have different characters, acquaintance with them and their relationship is valuable.

It will be useful for children to know that there are different people. And even if a character does not have the most positive traits, this does not mean that he is bad! The book also shows that friendship and mutual assistance are inseparable.

'Game primer for children 5-7 years old with speech disorders', Tamara Ilyina

Rating: 4.5

Game primer for children 5-7 years old with speech disorders', Tamara Ilyina

This primer is designed to work with children with speech disorders, but in practice it is perfect for all preschoolers 5-7 years old without exception. The main emphasis is placed on the pronunciation of sounds and words – apart from getting to know the letters, the child masters sounds, syllables, improves speech, learns to read. Everything happens in a playful way, while memory and thinking are being trained. The ABC book contains many illustrations that can captivate a child and awaken interest in learning.

'A game primer for children 5-7 years old with speech disorders' is suitable as a guide for teachers and speech therapists, but judging by the reviews of readers, it perfectly takes root on the children's bookshelf of a child 5-7 years old.

“I think and decide: for children 5-6 years old.” Volodina N.V.

Rating: 4.5

I think and decide: for children 5-6 years old

This book teaches the child to count as part of the preparation of preschool children. The two parts of 'Thinking and Deciding' will introduce the child to numbers, the composition of numbers, their relationship in a row, the basics of addition and subtraction. The training program is based on the gradual mastering of the material in a playful way, supported by interesting illustrations on the pages of the book, with the use of examples and tasks that are increasing in complexity, and word problems.

Books are suitable for mastering the basics of mathematics, training memory, developing logic and observation. They are designed for children 5-7 years old.

I forgot something, and I don't remember what myself, Dellis Nelson

Rating: 4.5

I forgot something, and I don't remember what myself, Dellis Nelson

The book 'I forgot something, and I don't remember what myself' was written by the mnemonist Dellis Nilsson, who can memorize a large amount of information in a short time.

The main character is a baby elephant who has forgotten something and could not remember at all. To help him, the clever owl uses a special 'Travel Method' technique. This is a playful form that helped the elephant, it will also involve the child in the process of continuous learning. In the course of reading, you need to perform unusual, simple exercises to train your memory. The method is based on an associative process, when an image is inextricably linked with an object, and at the right time this link itself appears in the head. The child is encouraged to place objects in unusual circumstances. The learning process is easily integrated into everyday life: you can compose images on a walk, at home when making a shopping list, when collecting a portfolio for school, etc.

The book will be an excellent guide for children 5-8 years old, it will also be interesting for adults, because it is never too late to develop memory.

Flower-seven-flower, Kataev Valentin

Rating: 4.5

Flower-seven-flower, Kataev Valentin

In a fairy tale written by Valentin Kataev back in 1940, real life and magic, inseparably existing next to each other, are intertwined, one has only to turn on the imagination. The girl Zhenya, out of her absent-mindedness, lost the purchased bagels, which her mother sent her for. To console the girl, the kind old woman gave her a magic flower with seven petals of different colors, each of which is able to fulfill any whim or desire, if you cast a spell. The wife needed to spend 6 petals before she realized: happiness is not in sweets or toys, so she used the last opportunity truly nobly, by the way, she brought more satisfaction.

The Seven-Flower Flower will teach the child important values ​​and show that the desire to receive everything at once does not always bring joy.

Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors, Vitaly Gubarev

Rating: 4.4

Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors, Vitaly Gubarev

The tale 'Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors' by Vitaly Gubarev is a work about the fine line between good and evil, 'good' and 'bad' characters. The girl Olya meets her reflection – the image of Yalo, a stubborn, disobedient and sloppy girl. It turned out that they are two sides of Olya's character. The girls find themselves in a magic kingdom, where distorting mirrors are installed everywhere, distorting everything good. The heroines will have to fight evil together with the boy Gurd on pain of death, as well as save themselves from the courtiers thirsting for power and free good people.

Reading the fairy tale “The Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors”, the child will learn to separate good from evil and, possibly, with the help of his parents, will pay attention to his behavior.

Blue Arrow Journey, Rodari Gianni

Rating: 4.3

Blue Arrow Journey, Rodari Gianni

This is a touching tale of miracles that happen on the New Year's Eve. Different toys decide to find new owners among those children who, for various reasons, will not receive a New Year's gift. They go on a train ride called the Blue Arrow. One of the addressees is the boy Francesco. By the end of the story, his gift will come to life and become a real puppy! The wishes of others who are waiting for gifts from children will also come true.

The main idea of ​​the fairy tale is valuable – it is important to show mercy, disinterestedness, sympathy for people in need, then justice will certainly prevail. And you also need to dream and not be afraid of your desires – sincere faith works wonders and makes even seemingly impossible things quite real.

Girl from the city, Voronkova Lyubov

Rating: 4.2

Girl from the city, Voronkova Lyubov

'Girl from the City' is the only story about the war years in our review. The Great Patriotic War did not pass by any Soviet family, so it is imperative to tell about it to the new generation. This book is suitable for reading to a child 5-7 years old – it's time to start acquaintance with their own history.

Girl Valya is still very young, but she has already seen a lot of grief, she has no family members left. She finds herself in the village, where she is accepted as the Shalikhins' family. Only the grandfather doubted the need to leave the girl in Nechaev, because the girl was a city girl, but her mother, Daria, insisted on her own. From the first day, a new village life began with new orders and foundations.

The book describes the details of the life of the war years, the difficulties of people and the peculiarities of human communication, fortunately, Lyubov Voronkova made the descriptions light and relaxed, they are easy to read and perceived by children from 5 years old. The author does not draw conclusions, but simply experiences all emotions and situations together with the characters. The child gets acquainted with different images, their inner world. By the way, the descriptions are carried out both through the eyes of the city girl Valentina and her new village sisters – it is interesting to compare them.

The Little Humpbacked Horse, Ershov Pyotr

Rating: 4.1

The Little Humpbacked Horse, Ershov Pyotr

We conclude the review with a poetic tale that has not lost the interest of readers for almost two centuries. 'The Little Humpbacked Horse' is the story of Ivan the Fool, the youngest son of the peasant Peter. The hero manages to catch the robber of wheat in the field – he turned out to be an unusual golden-maned mare. In exchange for freedom, she gives Ivan two large horses and one Humpbacked horse. It was he who would become the assistant to Ivan the Fool throughout the story. There are many fairy-tale heroes in history: the Wonder Bird, the Fish-Whale and the Wonder Maiden, all of them will be found by the main character with the help of the devoted Humpbacked.

The Little Humpbacked Horse is a collective image from Siberian fairy tales, described by Peter Ershov. The tale in verse is very easy to read, the author has created vivid images. The style is very reminiscent of the fairy tales of A.S. Pushkin, and not without reason – Ershov wrote 'The Little Humpbacked Horse' at the age of 19, fascinated by the works of the famous classic!


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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