The best books for 3 to 5 year olds. This is the perfect age to get a child into books. During these years, a child is quickly developing and stories help them to start to understand their emotions and the world around them. We have collected books recommended by experts to help your child start on their lifetime of loving books and reading.
Our book recommendations are made by experts, who explain their choices in an interview. You can browse our database either by book or by interview:
What should you read with your kids on Thanksgiving? Dana Sheridan of Princeton University Library’s Cotsen Children’s Library recommends five children’s books with themes of love, gratitude, belonging and sharing with one another—what the holiday is all about.
As young children grow, finding a vocabulary for their worries and anxiety is often difficult. Children’s author Chitra Soundar recommends five books that help children process their emotions and use fiction as a tool for talking about anxiety.
Kate Milner, winner of the prestigious Klaus Flugge Prize, discusses some of the trailblazing illustrators that have inspired her own career. She heralds artists whose imaginative works have given us some of the most exuberant storytelling for children over the last 50 years.