5 Must-Read Books for Your Child under Age 6

5 Must-Read Books for Your Child under Age 6
María Alejandra Castro Arbeláez

Reviewed and approved by the psychologist María Alejandra Castro Arbeláez.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

Reading transforms the mind for the better. Here at You Are Mom we’ll share 5 must-read books for you and your child.

Reading with your children from an early age can help them understand the importance of books.

They’ll start to see reading as something enjoyable rather than an obligation. An activity that allows them to discover new worlds where imagination and written words are the protagonists.

The importance of reading for children

If you want your children to become readers, you must teach by example.

If they see that you enjoy reading because it’s both entertaining and gives you new knowledge, then your children will also see reading as something positive.

In addition, enhancing a child’s reading abilities will help them as they strive to achieve a successful future. It’s never too early to start reading to your children, no matter how small they are.

As they grow you’ll begin to see all the fruits of the seeds you planted. You can read to them out loud as this also brings many benefits for their development.

Mother reading books with children

Why does your child need to read?

Don’t miss out on the following benefits that occur when you read to your child or when they begin to discover the importance of reading.

The following list is a short one – however, remember the benefits of reading are infinite. Children should read books that interest them, those that contribute to their being and make them feel good.

Some benefits they’ll enjoy are:

  • Sitting with a book offers children time to relax and calm down.
  • Stories stimulate their imagination.
  • Reading gives parents the possibility to bond with their children.
  • Reading promotes critical thinking and curiosity.
  • It increases inspiration, thinking and reflection.
  • Books with illustrations enhance their appreciation for art.
  • Reading increases their vocabulary.
  • It improves language development and increases knowledge.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” – Joseph Addison

Books that your child should read before age 6

If you want your child to read but don’t know what to offer them, the first thing you should find out is what type of books interest them.

Once you find this out, you can help guide them when it comes to picking book titles that can be interesting to them.

As they begin to read they’ll also start enjoying books. The following books will surely interest them.

must-read books for children

Guess how much I love you

This book is for boys and girls between 0 to 4 years old, written by Sam McBratney. In this book the story depicts how to measure love. Can it really be done?

A little hare tries to measure her mother’s love. It’s a perfectly illustrated story to read before going to bed. Enjoy the book by reading it out loud with your child.

Frog and Toad, Together.

This book is for boys and girls between 4 and 6 years old and it’s written by Arnold Lobel. As you can imagine, Frog and Toad are best friends. They do and share many things together while also going on exciting adventures.

It’s an easy book for children who are just starting to read. They can read this story out loud to mom and dad, or discover it on their own.

I will kill monsters for you

This is a book for girls and boys ages 5 and up, written by Santi Balmes.

Martina is a girl who is afraid at night because she believes there are monsters under her bed. It’s a perfect story to share with children; above all to make them understand that fears can be fought.

Little red, green, yellow, blue and white riding hoods.

This story is for boys and girls ages 6 and up, written by Bruno Munari and Enrica Agostinelli.

This version is very different from the classic story. In this book there are many little riding hoods. They’re very smart and well prepared thanks to their friends.

They leave the bad wolf hungry. Teamwork and trust are the protagonists of this tale.

Where the Wild Things Are 

This is another great book for boys and girls ages 6 and up. It was written by Maurice Sendak. Max, the main character, is a naughty boy who would like to become a scary monster.

One night the room transforms into a jungle… What will happen next?

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • McBratney, S. (2019). Adivina cuánto te quiero. Editorial Kókinos.
  • Label, A. (2016). Sapo y Sepo, inseparables. Santillana Educación.
  • Balmes, S. (2019). Yo mataré monstruos por ti. Principal de los libros.
  • Munari, B. y Agustinelli, E. (2001). Caperucita Roja, Verde, Amarilla, Azul y Blanca. Grupo Anaya Publicaciones Generales.
  • Sendak, M. (2014). Donde viven los monstruos. Kalakandra.

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