Some of Our Favorite Books: Birth to Age 5

Some of Our Favorite Books: Birth to Age 5

Maybe you’re looking for a great gift for a child in your life. Or you’re about to head to the library with your little one and need some inspiration. Either way, we’re here to help!

Children at Primrose schools enjoy stories every day. These are some of our favorites, selected by our early childhood education experts.

Children’s Books for Ages 0-12 Months

Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton

This fun rhyming text encourages babies to find their belly button, one of the first body parts that infants recognize. It even includes a fun sing-along song.

More, More, More, Said the Baby by Vera Williams

This trio of diverse stories about babies and their family members is told in a rhythmic pattern that is soothing to babies. Your child will ask to hear “more, more, more” as you read about the affection of tickles and kisses shared by the characters!

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

This book has been shared between parents and children for generations. As one of the original “touch and feel” books, Pat the Bunny invites children to engage with reading by patting the bunny and doing other hands-on activities throughout the story.

Children’s Books for Ages 1 and 2

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

This is a charming bedtime story filled with zoo animals and an ending sure to make your toddler giggle! With few words and beautiful illustrations, there are endless opportunities to discuss the story with your child.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

This rhythmic and rhyming story brings letters to life for your toddler. Your child will enjoy building their alphabet knowledge as the letters of the alphabet run and climb around the pages.

Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day

This almost wordless picture book includes an adorable Rottweiler who is the best babysitter in town. Your toddler will enjoy reading about the adventures of Carl and a baby.

It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

The book features bold photos to help young children learn to identify and celebrate differences. This book is a fun way for young children to talk about their favorite topic: themselves.

Children’s Books for Ages 3 and 4

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

This award-winning book contains beautiful illustrations that demonstrate how perspective changes what we see.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

This is a humorous story about farm animals and the special requests they have for their farmer.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
This is a heartwarming story of learning to be grateful for what you have, told through the loving bond of a grandmother and grandson.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Many children have a special attachment item that they can’t do without. This story captures the lengths that parents will go to find their children’s lost “lovies.”

Children’s Books for 5-Year-Olds

Franny B. Kranny, There’s a Bird in Your Hair! by Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor

This is a humorous account of a girl who likes to march to the beat of her own drum. Your child will enjoy Franny’s persistence and willingness to make her own decisions.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

A touching classic about the selfless love between a boy and his tree, this book is sure to spark wonderful conversations with your child about generosity and kindness.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

After reading this book, both you and your child may consider what you do each day to make the world a little brighter.

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