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Best books for 5-year-olds

How To Be A Lion

Five-year-olds might be starting to read on their own, but they will still love sharing books with you.

This list of favourites is full of offbeat humour and brilliant characters. Perfect for keeping your child hooked on books.

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  • The Last Wolf

    Author: Mini Grey

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • The Last Wolf

    Author: Mini Grey

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    The Last Wolf ranks alongside Mini Grey’s other picture book masterpieces, with all her trademark rich, characterful illustra…

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  • I Can Only Draw Worms

    Author: Will Mabbitt

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5-7

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  • I Can Only Draw Worms

    Author: Will Mabbitt

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5-7

    This genuinely hilarious book is brilliantly simple, based on the idea that the author-illustrator can only draw very childlike wo…

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  • The Bumblebear

    Author: Nadia Shireen

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Bumblebear

    Author: Nadia Shireen

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Norman the bear loves honey, so he thinks up an ingenious plan to get his paws on as much as he can eat - by enrolling at Bee Scho…

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  • Supertato

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5-7

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  • Supertato

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5-7

    It’s night-time in the supermarket and all is quiet and still. But wait. Something has escaped from the freezer, something with ev…

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  • Oi Frog!

    Author: Kes Gray Illustrator: Jim Field

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  • Oi Frog!

    Author: Kes Gray Illustrator: Jim Field

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    Bright, bold, expressive illustrations add to the fun in this hilarious picture book with a knockout ending.

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  • Life is Magic

    Author: Meg McLaren

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Life is Magic

    Author: Meg McLaren

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    When assistant Houdini accidentally transforms Monsieur Lapin into a rabbit, he is determined that the show must go on. This delig…

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  • How To Be A Lion

    Author: Ed Vere

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5-7

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  • How To Be A Lion

    Author: Ed Vere

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5-7

    Leonard is a gentle lion: just because you’re a lion doesn’t mean that you have to roar. A book about ignoring the aggressive…

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  • Ten Fat Sausages

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Tor Freeman

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Ten Fat Sausages

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Tor Freeman

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    Everything in this sausagey counting book works perfectly: from the big, bold illustration to the satisfying rhyme that works well…

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