15 Best Children's Books for 3-5 years old

Children’s Books for 3-5 years old: These are the children’s books that you love as a young kid, you know the one that still can bring a smile to your face.  If the person you had in mind is your nieces and nephews, you will be passing on the same great memory and love of these books.  These  books can be past on from one  generations to the next. They are the books  you may be tempted to hang on to — “just in case” — We hope that you enjoy this list of great and timely books for children 3 to 5 years old.

Children's Books for 3-5 years old

by Stacy C. Bauer and Rebecca Sinclair

Meet Cami, a spirited kangaroo who has a bit of trouble following the rules.

Cami Kangaroo loves sweets. In fact, she can’t stop thinking about them. Even after Mommy catches her eating from a bucket of ice cream, she still finds ways to sneak them. Will she ever be able to listen? Cami Kangaroo is a funny, uplifting story about the importance of honesty and following the rules, even when you don’t want to.

A book about honesty, self control and respect.

Cami Kangaroo faces common challenges and temptations in this book. Too Many Sweets uses beautiful illustrations and gentle language to support parents as they discuss the natural consequences of sneaking treats and not following directions with their children. Author Stacy C Bauer was encouraged by authors such as Laura Markham (Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids), Adele Faber (How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk) and Daniel J. Siegel (No-Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind).

by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Maurice Sendak’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. A must for every child’s bookshelf. This picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.

Introduce a new generation to Max’s imaginative journey with this special anniversary edition. Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork.

Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in 2012. This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations.

by Eric Carle

THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?

Carle’s classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages.
—The Horn Book

“The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…”
Mother’s Manual

by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw

A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.

Softly she sings to him:
“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”

So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French)

by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? beginning readers:

These beloved children’s stories are now available in beginning reader format.
With the important pre-reading concepts of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, these picture books have long been used as beginning readers. Now, with a 6″ x 9″ trim and a classic beginning reader layout, children will have a more “grown up” version to read by themselves.
Complete with an introduction by master educator Laura Robb, and with fun reading activities added, these new versions of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? are certain to appeal to a new age group and find an even wider audience.

by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is not looking forward to bedtime in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether it’s time for him to stop playing and take a bath, or when he puts up a fuss getting into is jammies, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A great way to introduce children to their very own bedtime routine!

by P.D. Eastman

A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. When a mother bird’s egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little one to eat. But as soon as she’s gone, out pops the baby bird. He immediately sets off to find his mother, but not knowing what she looks like makes it a challenge. The little hatchling is determined to find his mother, even after meeting a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a Snort. The timeless message of the bond between mother and child make P. D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? a must for baby showers, beginning readers, and Mother’s Day.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrationsthat give clues to their meaning.

by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

In this classic of children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.

One of the most beloved books of all time, Goodnight Moon is a must for every bookshelf and a time-honored gift for baby showers and other special events.

by Michael Kracht

This one of a kind, hand illustrated alphabet book combines letters with all of boys’ favorite things–airplanes, dump trucks, and more! Makes a special baby shower, birth, and birthday gift! Perfect for kids ages 0-5.

by Jay Miletsky and Erin Wozniak

Join 14 spunky rocks (and their wise ladybug friend) on a fun and funny adventure about the importance of friendship and the power of perseverance.

When the rocks get together to play and roll around their favorite hill, they find that one of their friends, Ricky, can’t roll with them. Unlike all of the others, who are all round, Ricky can’t roll because he’s flat on one side.

His friends didn’t get it,
“Come Roll!” they would chant.
So Ricky tried, but replied,
“I’m sorry, I can’t.”

Determined not to leave their friend behind, the rock friend set out to help Ricky roll around – one way or another.

From the best-selling author of Tess, the Tin that Wanted to Rock, The Bear and the Fern and The Masterpiece comes this fun, funny and heartwarming that is loved by kids, parents and teachers alike.

Combining the spirit of The Giving Tree with the rhyme and rhythm of Dr. Seuss, Ricky, the Rock,/I> is ideal for children ages 3-8 and Pre K-3rd grade. This original story featuring the “You Rock Group” is a book that kids are sure to cherish as they grow, and ask to read over and over again!

Kids ages: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Grades: Pre K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd

by Richard Scarry


Buckle-up for a fun-filled day of planes, trains, automobiles . . . and even a pickle truck! Featuring hundreds of clearly labeled vehicles, this is the perfect book for little vehicle fans from the one and only Richard Scarry.

by Don Freeman

Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.Celebrate 50 years of the beloved teddy bear.
2018 marks Corduroy’s 50th anniversary, and Don Freeman’s classic character is even more popular today than he was when he first came on the scene. Now his original story is available in an unabridged, sturdy board book format, perfect for even the youngest readers.

by Beatrix Potter

A Naturally Better collection of classic children’s tales!

Peter Rabbit . . . Naturally Better is back again, and this time he’s brought some friends! Titles include: The Tale of Peter RabbitThe Tale of Mr. Jeremy FisherThe Tale of Tom Kitten, and The Tale of Jemima Puddle- Duck. Perfect for holidays, baby showers, birthdays, collectors and more!

This brand-new eco-friendly boxed set includes four classic Beatrix Potter tales that meet “naturally better” criteria and showcase their “green” appeal with the eyecatching vine cover design. 

by Watty Piper , George Hauman

The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.

by Bob Marley, Cedella Marley

Bob Marley’s music has inspired millions of listeners around the world with messages of peace, love, and truth. This third picture book adaptation of one of his beloved songs has a timely message for children: To counter injustice, lift others up with kindness and courage. As a young girl goes on with her day in school, she comes across several instances of teasing and intimidation. But with loving action and some help from her friends, she’s able to make things right for herself and others. With exuberant pictures by John Jay Cabuay accompanying Marley’s iconic lyrics, Get Up, Stand Up is a vibrant testament to the power we all have to make a difference.