5 Must Read Children's Books for ages five to seven

Reading with children is such a joy, whether you’re reading to them or they’re reading to you. As children reach the ages of five to seven years old, a whole array of stories open up for them. There are chapter books for this age range, in addition to the picture books that you read to them as babies in between learning how to sterilize baby bottles and changing diapers. 

5 Must Read Children's Books for ages five to seven -NWoBS Blog

Here are five of the best children’s books for this age range that you’ll want to add to your bookshelf.

5 Must Read Children's Books:

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

NWoBS Blog : 5 Must Read Children's Books -George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl 

Roald Dahl’s books are loved the world over, and children in this age range are the perfect audience for such stories. All of Dahl’s classics are great, and the illustrations by Quentin Blake are wonderful. This particular story focuses on George and his miserable Grandma, and how he creates a marvellous medicine to try to cure her. Expect lots of shrieks and laughs.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

5 Must Read Children's Books for ages five to seven- NWoBS Blog

This is one of those stories you probably told your children when they were just babies, and you were still in the phase of learning how to sterilize baby bottles. Even though they're growing up now, many children in this age range still adore the books they were read as very young children. This story of the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly – and what it eats on its journey – is a favourite that parents and children alike love to come back to.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

5 Must Read Children's Books for ages five to seven-NWoBS Blog

When children are this age they are very receptive to ideas that will shape who they become as people. That’s why books that teach them about being selfless and generous are so important at this impressionable stage of their lives. The apple tree in this story shows exactly that kind of unselfish behaviour in the service of the boy it loves. It provides a playground, food, source of income, shade, escape, home and so much more, expecting nothing in return. A great lesson in how to be happy by making others happy, and a great way to spark a conversation about give and take.

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The Serpent's Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata Paperback by Sudha Murty

The Serpent's Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata Paperback by Sudha Murty- 5 Must Read Children's Books 

We all want our children to learn the stories we remember from our childhoods. We also want them to understand the epic tales of our culture. So it’s wonderful to introduce them to stories from the Mahabharata that have been specially presented for children of this age and older. They will learn the details like what lesson the mongoose taught Yudhisthira and why Yama was cursed. This is one that the parents will enjoy as much as the children.

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Ramayana For Children by Arshia Sattar

Ramayana For Children by Arshia Sattar- 5 Must Read Children's Books

Another great option for cultural inheritance is to share stories from the Ramayana with your kids through books that have been written with their age in mind. Arshia Satta’s version takes the main story of the Ramayana and all of its enchanting aspects – a kidnapped princess, wicked stepmothers, princes, a monkey who can grow smaller or bigger and fly. In addition to the entertainment, this child’s adaptation also presents the complex philosophical ideas in ways they can understand.

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So there are five must read children’s books for ages five to seven. Tell me in the comment box which ones you will read with your children!

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