We are MAJOR bookworms in our house and read at least 2-3 books every day. We also have a serious book-collecting issue and have been trying our hardest not to buy too many for the bookshelf, but kids' books are the cutest and I find it just so hard to resist.
So, here is a list of the top 10 books for 5-7 year olds aka "early readers"!
1. "Rosie Revere Engineer" is the tale of a little inventor who must learn through trial-and-error. We love the illustrations in this series (which also includes favorites such as Ada Twist Scientist, Iggy Peck Architect and Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau) and the stories of tough little people who are brave in the face of adversity. We read this one at least once a week! (Click images to shop on Amazon.)
2. "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls". Self explanatory here, but it's just wonderful. PLUS, if you have one of those kids who tricks you into reading really long bedtime stories, this one is great because each story is only a page long. ;)
3. "The Iridescence of Birds". This beautiful book is all about artist Henri Matisse as a little boy and his memories of childhood, which he later applied to his art. The illustrations are gorgeous and it's a beautiful way to see the world through a little artist's eyes.
4. "Frida: Little People Big Dreams Series". If you love Frida Kahlo (and who doesn't?) this book is a great tale of her life, adventures and artwork. We love this one!
5. "The Babysitters Club". These new and improved graphic novels are great for early-readers who want to read a "BIG KID BOOK". The illustrations are awesome, the content is cute and updated for the modern kid, and the stories are sweet. It's a great way to introduce graphic novels to a young reader.
6. "Ivy and Bean" series. Mischevious little girls Ivy and Bean are total opposites and love to get into trouble together. They are fun, different and adorable, but not in the "traditional" girly way. These books are genius and someone better make them into a movie, stat.
7. "Owl Diaries". This is another great series of chapter books for an early reader who is determined to read books alone. The vocabulary is age-appropriate and easy for them to sound out on their own and the stories are sweet. The little owls learn lots of great lessons in these books that relate to the everyday life of a kindergartener - 2nd grader. Also, they are SUPER affordable!
8. "Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed". In this tale, Mary does a little good deed and gets to see the ripple effect of her kindness. I am all about showing kids that a little bit of good goes a long way and this book really delivers. It's a fun one to read and teaches such a wonderful lesson!
9. "She Persisted". In this tale of women who never give up, but Chelsea Clinton, young readers can see that persistence is a valuable trait. The book chronicles women who never stopped trying, amidst critique and major roadblocks and teaches that by not giving up, they won. We LOVE this one.
10. "Nanette's Baguette". Another GENIUS book illustrated and written by Mo Willems, who is basically a legend to small children these days. Nanette, in the story, is a little person who is trusted by her mom to get the baguette from the store. Well, the baguette is hard to resist and she eats it. BUT, her mom forgives her. It's a sweet and silly tale of temptation, baked goods and unconditional love from mom. We giggle every time we read this one!