As Children develop their reading skills, parents should read these books aloud. Eventually children will enjoy switching roles and re-reading these books on their own. Never should easy-to-read books replace read-aloud books, as both are needed.
Children are now ready for more complex wordless books because they require closer attention and examination. Details must be interpreted in order to understand what is happening. This skill will help children in their reading comprehension.
At this age, children have an appetite for information about the real world, and they are beginning to understand the existence of faraway places. They are fascinated by what dinosaurs ate, where they lived, and how they looked.
Ant and Grasshopper
Little Croc's Purse
Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India
Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever—or Snack Time?
Otis and the Tornado
Otto the Book Bear
Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under
Seababy: A Little Otter Returns Home
The Seven Seas
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Voyage of Turtle Rex
Children now have a greater grasp of the real and make-believe. Stories that were once too frightening are no longer intimidating to them. These tales belong to "once upon a time" and are adventurous places to visit. Stories should contain good triumphing over evil. If there is danger involved, it should demand great courage.
Through fairy tales children understand and cope with struggles in life. Characters meet obstacles and are victorious, often gaining a kingdom and along with the respect of everyone. Unlike myths that have tragic endings, or fables that teach lessons, fairy tales should always end happily. Even though children are ready for more sophisticated fairy tales now, they still are not ready for the more gruesome ones.
As children master their letters and numbers, they now enjoy books that go beyond the simple matching object with symbols. Many riddle-like alphabet books are definitely more challenging.
Listening is still a priority rather than reading. Children enjoy the rhythmic sounds of verse and enjoy chanting all or parts of a particular favorite. Children seem to enjoy nonsense verse and the fun of playing with words.