Ages 3-5

Reading Lists for Ages 3-5

Remember to explore these books with your child, engaging in discussions about the stories and the values they convey. 

reading list for children ages 3 - 5

Here’s a reading list for children ages 3-5 featuring books that have won either the Newbery or Caldecott awards:

1.  “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña (Caldecott Medal)

Follow CJ and his grandma on a bus ride through the city, where they discover beauty and kindness in unexpected places.

2.  “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear” by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Caldecott Medal)

Learn the heartwarming true story of Winnie the Pooh’s origins and the friendship that inspired A.A. Milne’s beloved tales.

3.  “Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo (Newbery Medal)

Join Flora, a self-proclaimed cynic, and her superhero squirrel, Ulysses, on a humorous and heartwarming adventure.

4.  “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend” by Dan Santat (Caldecott Medal)

Follow Beekle, an imaginary friend, as he embarks on a journey to find his perfect match in the real world.

5.  “A Ball for Daisy” by Chris Raschka (Caldecott Medal)

Experience the emotions of joy and loss as Daisy, a lovable dog, bonds with her cherished red ball.

6.  “The Lion & the Mouse” by Jerry Pinkney (Caldecott Medal)

Retelling of Aesop’s fable, this wordless picture book showcases the unlikely friendship between a lion and a mouse.

7.  “The Hello, Goodbye Window” by Norton Juster, illustrated by Chris Raschka (Caldecott Medal)

Enter the imaginative world of a young girl visiting her grandparents and the special window that serves as her gateway.

8.  “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (Caldecott Medal)

Share in the heartwarming tale of a zookeeper and his animal friends, who return the favor when Amos is feeling unwell.

9.  “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (Caldecott Honor)

Experience the timeless bedtime ritual of saying goodnight to everything in the room, capturing the magic of a peaceful evening.

10.  “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate (Newbery Medal)

Follow Ivan, a silverback gorilla, as he discovers the power of friendship and the longing for a better life.

These award-winning books offer captivating stories and stunning illustrations that will engage and delight young readers ages 3-5. Enjoy these literary gems as you introduce the joy of reading to your child!