Parenting Tips

Five best books for 2-6 year olds

You want your children to be bright and smart? Then, one simple strategy to fulfill this parental dream of yours is to develop a love for reading in your children.

Reading with your child in early years will keep them interested in books even when they are older.

Here are some books that can get your child off to a great start!


For 2 year olds


Two year olds love to read with their parents! Looking through the pictures and listening to you while you read aloud to them can be a very entertaining activity even if they are too young to read by themselves. Therefore, you do not have to wait until your child starts pre-school or school.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle

Press Here by Herve Tullet 

The Very Hungry Catterpillar by Eric Carle

I Love You Through and Thorough by Benadette Rossetti-Shustak

The Going-to-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton


For 3 year olds


Your child starts pre-school by the age of three and the idea of “books” is not at all new to him/her. He/she would love to join with you in reading sessions whether they are about fairy tales, stories close to the real life or anything else that sparks their interest.

The Invisible Stringby Patrice Karst

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! by Mo Wilems


For 4 year olds


Getting closer to start schooling, your four-year old will be able to read some simple words by his/her own. Whether or not your child is able to read by age four, rhyming phrases and effective word repetition will be enjoyable to them.

Llama, Llama, Red Pajamaby Anna Dewdney

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

The Good Night Train by June Sobel

What Do People Do All Day? By Richard Scarry


For 5 year olds


Books with captivating stories which teach children good values and other children’s books about anything from animals to space will be a good choice for five year olds. It is a good idea to give them books on a variety of subjects, so that you can get an idea about what they like most.

You Read To me, I’ll Read To Youby Mary Ann Hoberman

Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey

Born in the Wild by Lita Judge (for all young animal lovers!)

Over the Hills and Far Away by Elizabeth Hammill (Editor) (This is a unique collection of nursery rhymes across the globe)

Ling and Ting- Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin


For 6 Year Olds


There is no doubt that you want to make books your child’s best companion by this age as they start schooling. Children of this age are able to read and understand simple stories and you can help them improve their reading skills with books that have good storylines and character development. Also, books on animals, space, day-to-day life will quench their thirst to know more and more and eventually they will learn that books are a good source to get knowledge.

Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Fly Guy presents Space by Tedd Arnold (This books is ideal for budding asrtronuts!)

Penny and her Marble by Kevin Henckes

Spiders by Nic Bishop

Reading for kids offers a myriad of benefits now and in the future (Read Parentdigm article on the importance of reading in the early years, here). We live in a high-tech world where TV, computer, video games, phones and tablets have conquered much of a child’s (and our!) leisure time. But can these new forms of entertainment spark your child’s imagination, excitement and creativity than a book?

Happy Reading!