21 Top Books for 6 Year Olds in 2020
The age of 6 is a tender age that requires books filled with fun, excitement, and adventure to encourage kids to continue learning and improving their reading skills. Since not everyone is at the same reading level at age 6, each child requires a different type of book. That’s why we put together a list of the greatest books for a 6-year-old in 2020 and we’re sure they will fall in love with their one of the great books included here.
This list encompasses nearly every storyline you can find that could be appealing to an elementary school student and even some that will show them different worlds and situations. Some books are suited for educational purposes and learning, full of fun pictures and exciting facts. Others tell tales about characters who are super relatable and go on adventures that your child will feel they can go on, too.
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Stimulates your child’s imagination and unleashes their creativity
Encourages your child to be confident
Storyline can easily be understood by younger children
Available as kindle, hardcover, or paperback
- The Dot
- Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
- The Enchanted Wood (Magic Faraway Tree)
- A Bear Called Paddington
- Frog and Toad Are Friends
- Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun
- We Are In a Book
- Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus
- Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid
- Ada Twist, Scientist
- We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
- Frog and Toad are Friends
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
- Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton
- How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
- Uni the Unicorn
- National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields
- The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
- Awesome Jokes That Every 6-Year-Old Should Know! By Mat Waugh
- Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
21 Best Books for 6-Year-Olds
1. The Dot
Stimulates your child’s imagination and unleashes their creativity
Encourages your child to be confident
Storyline can easily be understood by younger children
Available as kindle, hardcover, or paperback
The ending is very short and may lead to the reader wanting more
The Dot is a simple yet very witty story following the exploits of Vashti, a young lass who knows herself to be neither an artist nor good at expressing herself. While her teacher’s instructions are very clear and very simple, she gets easily frustrated for the simple fact that she really cannot express herself through art or drawings.Read more
Great for little ones. Don’t let the title of this story fool you, it won’t teach your kids how to be great artists. What it will do, however, it teaches them how to be themselves and embrace everything they are!
As they follow the story of the main character, Vashti, they’ll learn how important it is to express yourself in the most creative ways possible and to never be afraid of who you truly are, regardless of your talents and passions. The Dot is a delicate fable on how each one is gifted with a particular talent and that all we need is a single first step to make a mark in our lives. Kids learn that their creativity may not be as gifted as others but it sure is their own. This can lead to the development of a healthier self-concept.
Out of desperation or perhaps even exasperation, Vashit jabs at her blank sheet of drawing paper, creating an unremarkable yet equally compelling mark. The Dot explores how each of us can discover our hidden talents. Unremarkable as the dot may seem, it nevertheless, initiated self-discovery and self-expression. We don’t really need to be as brilliant as artists, but we can always discover our creative spirit.
2. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Improves vocabulary in a fun way
Diverse cast of characters
Teaches moral lessons
Fun, relatable plot for little ones to follow
If your child is a fan of Eloise or the Olivia books, they are sure to love reading the story of Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Perhaps they are already familiar with the story as it has become a hit series on Disney Junior.Read more
Fancy Nancy and her best friend Bree are super excited for their upcoming dance show. Nancy wants nothing more than to be cast for the lead role as a mermaid. Unfortunately, Nancy is cast as a tree after another ballerina wins the spot for the lead role.
As your child reads the story they will learn new words and learn how to respond to disappointing situations.Written by Jane O’Connor and Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, the story will teach children your child how to respond to disappointment especially when their friends get something they wanted. The story also teaches your child vocabulary words in a fun way. For instance, there are many lines like the following in the book, “Then I get an idea that is stupendous. That’s a fancy word for great”.
The entertaining storyline and beautiful illustrations will appeal to both children and adults. So much so that your child will be requesting to own the other books in the series. Little fashionistas will love seeing Nancy’s fancy outfits.
3. The Enchanted Wood (Magic Faraway Tree)
A lot is left to the imagination to provoke creative thinking
Written especially for children but suitable for a wide variety of ages
Promotes imaginative and creative play
Stories are very memorable and easy for kids to follow along with
This book doesn’t have many illustrations which some kids may find frustrating
While the Faraway Tree series has been around for more than three-quarters of a century, many oldies find the newer versions of the series to be grossly watered down versions of the original to become more politically correct for the modern time’s changing sensitivities.Read more
However, if you can forgive this mellowed approach to storytelling, you’ll definitely find the Magic Faraway Tree’s The Enchanted Wood to be quite helpful in enhancing the imaginative play of young kids. The story follows Joe, Frannie, and Beth as they find their new home, coming across the Faraway Tree in the Enchanted Wood. This essentially begins their magical journeys as each turn guarantees an adventure of a lifetime.
Not only does this 248 page book provoke creative thinking, it also introduces kids to classic literature as they venture into exciting mind bending fantasies. The stories in this book are relatively easy for kids to follow along with, making for an overall enjoyable, memorable experience while reading The Enchanted Wood.
The Enchanted Wood is an amazing book to read from before bedtime due to it’s layout and interesting stories. Although this book does not have many illustrations, the detailed content will greatly expand your kid’s imagination as they think creatively about the settings and what each character looks like.
4. A Bear Called Paddington
Very classic yet entertaining book for kids
Introduces kids to British English and new vocabulary words
Has illustrations on almost every page to keep kids engaged
Not only an excellent book for kids, but adults too
May be difficult for younger kids to read alone due to the amount of British
He may not be Winnie the Pooh or even Yogi the Bear but our lovable Bear from Peru has been providing tons of adventures, fun, and laughter to kids and adults alike since the late 1950s. The book A Bear Called Paddington retraces the history of Paddington, a bear from Peru who wound up at the Paddington Station in London where he got subsequently adopted by a loving family of Londoners, the Browns.Read more
Even younger kids will enjoy this book. From there on, kids will have to follow Paddington’s adventures and misadventures as he acclimatizes to life in the city and becoming a well-loved member of the Brown family.
It’s what many kids can relate to especially when it comes to doing things that may not turn out the way you want it, yet the family is still there to support you. Kids are sure to learn a great deal of new vocabulary words as this book is read to them.
This childhood classic has been adored by kids for generations. Six year olds can closely relate to a Bear Called Paddington, also known as Paddington Bear as they journey alongside his whimsical adventures facing messy, funny obstacles. There is an ample amount of British English in this book, so it very ideal to be read aloud during daily storytime or bedtime.
5. Frog and Toad Are Friends
Age appropriate book that is very easy for kids to read and follow along with
Teaches valuable life lessons about friendship
Kids can learn about biology as this book is great for learning the differences between frogs and toads
Great way to introduce young readers to chapter books
Illustrations are a bit dull and may not be found appealing to many kids
Arnold Lobel wrote Frog and Toad are friends in 1976 and since then it has won several awards and honors. The story follows the friendship of a frog and a toad. Together they go swimming, write letters, and tell stories.Read more
By reading this book, children will learn the power of friendship and how to accept those who may be different than them. This book serves as a great introduction to chapter books as the story is broken into small chapters. It is available on the Kindle, as a hardcover, or as a paperback.
Your child’s confidence in their reading skills will grow as they independently read this book. The will also learn the importance of friendship and accepting others who are different. This particular book is also a part of the I Can Read series of books which encourages and helps your child to read. The book is full of simple and familiar words that will help boost your child’s confidence in reading.
The illustrations are composed of shades of green and brown, so the reader can focus more on the context of the book. Plus, adults will enjoy this blast from the past.
6. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun
Sweet, ethical message
Easy to read
Relatable protagonist and obstacle
Discussion questions on the copyright page
Lucy hides the truth from her grandpa initially; make sure to talk to kids about being able to speak to an adult about bullies
Little Lucy has big, curly brown hair, and an even bigger heart. Her Papa Gino is always telling her how important it is to be kind to other people because despite how different we might be on the outside, we all have a heart with feelings on the inside.Read more
The author’s company is focused on producing content that gives children important social tools they can employ in their own lives. This book is one such example and comes equipped with discussion questions on the copyright page for you to be able to guide a conversation with your child about the themes in the book, and how they relate to them.
The book teaches children to look past the superficial behavior of people around them and to remember that even when someone is mean, often beneath that, they are really very scared. Lucy is lovable, bright, and compassionate; children will be happy for such a brave new friend.
Her Papa’s advice is truly tested for Lucy when one of the boys at school starts making fun of her hair and her favorite lunch. When Ralph is in trouble, however, Lucy is faced with the choice of doing what might feel good at the moment or making a choice that she knows is ultimately brave and right, even if it’s hard.
This beautifully illustrated book focuses on how important it is to practice compassion, even when the people we are showing it to are less than reciprocal.
7. We Are In a Book
No more than ten words per page
Encourages children to read the story again
Only available in hardcover
Fans of Mo Willems can add another book to their collection. We Are In A Book is one of the many stories in his Elephant and Piggie series. The entire series has won two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medals and five Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors.Read more
Children between the ages of four and eight can enjoy reading this book independently or with a partner. Each page has no more than ten words, thus making it easy for your child to stay focused while reading.
This is a great book for children who are dabbling in reading for pleasure. The fun storyline will encourage your child to read it more than once. Near the end of the book, Piggie asks the reader to read it again as they are not happy with the book ending. It will also teach your child how to predict outcomes.
While the book is sixty-four pages long, children will stay entertained the whole way through. Not only is the animal duo hilarious but watching them figure out they are in a book is highly entertaining.
At one point the Elephant and Piggie make the reader say funny words simply because they can. This light read is sure to be a popular choice in your household.
8. Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus
Illustrations are not busy
Can easily be enjoyed by a variety of ages
Some reviewers experienced their child being bored after the first couple of reads
Sesame Street author and animator has created another fun story for your child to enjoy. Caldecott Honor Award winner, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus is full of fun illustrations and an easy to follow storyline. This book is available in both hardcover and paperback.Read more
The entire story is interactive, thus making it possible for children of all ages to enjoy. While it is great for six-year-olds, younger and older children will not have any trouble following along. The lack of busy illustrations makes it easier for children to follow along.
The author puts your child in charge. Watch as their confidence and independence grows with each page turned and decision made. By staying loyal to the driver’s request and not giving into the pigeon, your child will further demonstrate their knowledge of doing what is right and what is asked of them. Your child will learn not only how to properly say no but also how to act when not getting their way.
Children will be entertained by the author’s ability to break the fourth wall. The story begins with the author telling the reader to not allow the pigeon to drive the bus. Over the next several pages the pigeon tries to persuade the reader to let him drive. The bird will ask nicely and at one point even offer the reader five dollars. Your child will have fun being in charge and will be entertained by all of the pigeon’s silly antics.
9. Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid
Language is very understandable and easy for kids to read on their own
Size of the font is large to assist kids in focusing on the text as well as reading comprehension
Humorous, light hearted read that is excellent for reading before bed
Storyline is easy and memorable for kids to follow and keep up with
Does not have much pictures which may not be enjoyable for many 6 year olds
If you’ve ever been the youngest in your brood, then you know how it feels to be teased and picked upon by your older siblings and even by other people. Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid follows the adventures of Stink who thinks of himself as a special superhero not necessarily to save the world, but rather to gain super powers that will enable him to manage his daily travails.Read more
It speaks of the child in each one of us who is asking to be recognized for who he is and not what he looks like. Especially for 6 year olds, this is important.
This is a great feature of this book inasmuch that studies show there are fewer reading mistakes and lower levels of anxiety in beginner and struggling readers if the font is large in contrast to small. The stories in this book are very relative to kids and written in an understandable manner, in addition to that, this book will also challenge your 6 year old’s vocabulary.
A bit similar to Frog and Toad Are Friends, Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid is a wonderful book of choice to introduce your 6 year old kid to chapter books. The font type in the book is quite large to help kids to increase their reading comprehension.
10. Ada Twist, Scientist
Available for the kindle and has a hardback
Rhythmic storyline and creative illustrations
Encourages children to explore their passions
Great choice for STEM reading
Some reviewers were turned off by the portrayal of Ada’s curiosity.
Written by Andrea Beaty and Illustrated by David Roberts, Ada Twist is the perfect choice for STEM reading. You can purchase this book for your Kindle or in the form of a hardcover. Female readers will particularly enjoy seeing a young female scientist being the main character.Read more
Children between the ages of five and seven can enjoy reading this book. With thirty-two pages, this book is the perfect length to keep young readers engaged.
The entire story was inspired by Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie. Beaty and Roberts also created the best sellers Iggy Peck, Architect, and Rosie Revere, Engineer. Just like her classmates, Ada teaches your child the fun of learning.
Readers will enjoy Ada’s curiosity and need to find answers. Through her crazy experiments and determination, your child will be inspired to follow their own passions. The rhythmic storyline and creative illustrations will keep readers entertained and immersed in the story.
11. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
Features a lot of humor
Includes quirky illustrations
Teaches valuable lessons as well as the ability to be empathetic
Only available in hardcover
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates is a story of a young T-Rex who on her first day at school gets in trouble when she cannot fight the urge to eat her human classmates. Featuring quirky illustrations and a lot of humor, this book uses laughter to approach certain topics.Read more
This book is a fantastic read for children aged between 3 years and 5 years old, particularly children who are about to start school for the first time.
If your child is going through a phase of bad behavior like biting, pulling or hitting, the book provides an extremely valuable lesson on how you must treat others, how you would want to be treated yourself.
Children reading this book will be able to identify themselves with the main character Penelope when it comes to making friends or curbing their desires. This is also a great book for children that are about to have their first day at school. The book highlights diversity in the classroom and is a great way for your child to learn about empathy.
This lovely picture book features quirky illustrations that your little one will want to read repeatedly. The book also uses humor to approach tough topics and makes them accessible.
Simple but bold acrylic illustrations
Shares relatable messages
Only available in hardcover
Gaston is a children’s book about a bulldog and a poodle who learn that family is about love, not appearances. A chance encounter happens at the park, where Gaston meets a bulldog family. He realizes there has been a mix-up at birth and Gaston and a poodle called Antoinette decide to switch places. The new families may look right but they certainly do not feel right. The next day the two dogs decide to switch back. Both Gaston and Antoinette, with their families continue to meet at the park. Eventually, the two dogs decide to marry and have puppies together.Read more
This children’s book is suitable for children aged 4 years to 8 years old.
This book carries a strong message of belonging and family. It also shares messages about friendship and differences which children can learn about. Children may find themselves relating to the main character Gaston, who feels like the odd one out in his family. The story also refers to home and that where you feel you belong may not necessarily be where you come from.
The author expresses the dog’s personality through acrylic paintings that are bright, bold, and simple. The inclusion of pictures also makes the book extremely engaging for young children.
13. Frog and Toad are Friends
The book celebrates the power of friendship
Suitable for children who can read on their own but require a little help
More printed words than illustrations
Available in paperback
Includes fewer illustrations and more text which may not be suitable for some children
The Frog and Toad are Friends children’s book tell the story of characters, frog and toad and their adventures together. Written by Arnold Lobel, this story celebrates the power of friendship while the narrative follows the Frog and Toad going swimming, writing letters, and telling stories to find lost buttons.Read more
Suitable for children aged 4 - 8 years old, this book is a great option for your child who as Level 2 in reading, where they can read on their own but still require a little help.
This Frog and Toads are Friends book is a lovely book that exposes children to issues of friendship. The book revolves around the connection between two friends and leans towards relationship issues.
This children’s book includes simple but attractive illustrations that will help your child to follow the story easily. Different from some of the other books we have reviewed, this book includes more printed words than illustrations. This makes it much more interesting and stretching for young budding readers. This book story also offers a good balance between entertainment, fantasy, values, and reality.
14. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Features lots of counting and silly rhymes
Great beginner book
Simple words and lots of illustrations
Some readers found it confusing explaining what the creature was to their child because they were all imaginary
Featuring lots of counting and silly rhymes, this picture book is a great option for children that are new to reading. The main characters include bumpy Wump, the singing Ying, and the winking Yink who drinks pink ink. With a colorful cast of characters and plenty of silly rhymes, your child will be giggling lots with this storybook.Read more
Suitable for children aged 3 to 7 years, this picture book is a great book for children who are new to reading. This beginner book is easy to read and incredibly funny. Featuring simple words and a lot of illustrations, your child will be encouraged to read this book on their own.
This book has lessons on counting and colors but more importantly, this book will teach your child about how a word or letter sounds. They will have lots of fun rhyming words while learning how to read and discover how a word sounds and looks.
This is a great book for children who use rhyme to make reading fun. The book includes fabulous illustrations and the rhythms that tend to be on the silly side. The children’s book uses bright colored pages and big clear print to catch children’s attention and make the content easy to read.
15. Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton
Includes a fun ocean fact page and a joke page
Reading option for children moving on from picture books
Includes fewer illustrations and more text which may not be suitable for some children
This story follows the characters of Narwhal and Jelly as they test the waters by adding a new friend to their pod when they meet Otty, the super-adventurous otter. The charming graphic novel features three short stories and includes a super fun ocean fact page and a joke page.Read more
This children’s storybook is suitable for 4 - 7-year-olds. The book is a great option for young readers who are moving on from pictures of books.
This book explores the joys of friendship, working together and the power of imagination. This book is broken down into three shorter stories making it easier to read for younger children. The book also comes with an engaging ocean fact page, providing additional learning for children. The book also comes with a joke page which makes learning fun and humorous for children.
This is a highly entertaining story that will keep your child hooked throughout. Broken down into three smaller stories and featuring a fact and joke page, this book has plenty of entertainment value so your little one will not want to put it down.
16. How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
Great for picky eaters
A fun and humorous story
Illustrations enhance the story well
Some readers were not convinced the book would help their little one eat their green beans
This storybook is about a girl called Martha who hates green beans. When some mean, green bandits stroll into town, everyone who ever said “Eat your green beans” is in big trouble. But one day the beans kidnap Martha’s parents and she is forced to act. The only way she can think to stop the villainous veggies from taking her too is to eat them! Featuring funny text and illustrations, this book is a great read for even the pickiest of eaters.Read more
This book is suitable for children aged 5 – 8 years old. This is also focused on children who are going through the common phrase of being a fussy eater.
This children’s book raises the common issue of children being fussy eaters and not wanting to eat their veggies. A lot of children will, therefore, sympathize with the main character Martha and be able to relate to her. The way that Martha can fight off the veggie villains and save her parents, is by eating the greens.
This is a funny way of encouraging your fussy eater to eat their greens at home. The illustrations also enhance the story well and add a lot of humor.
The illustrator of this book complements the story perfectly. The green bandits are represented as being a tough, stringy bean. Featuring a curly mustache, cowboy hat, and boots, the illustrator does well in capturing a villain. This funny book approaches the topic of kids being fussy eaters and not eating their vegetables in a cheery silly way.
17. Uni the Unicorn
Stimulates your child’s imagination
Great for children who love unicorns
Encourages your child to be confident with their beliefs
The story celebrates friendship
Some readers found it disappointing that the unicorn and the girl never actually meet
Some parents commented that the book should be for younger children
This story is about a unicorn called Uni who believes that little girls are real. However, Uni is told by the grown-up unicorns that there is no such thing as a little girl. No matter what she is told Uni believes little girls are real. There is also a little girl that believes there is a unicorn waiting for her. This magical story celebrates friendship and reminds believers and non-believers that if you wish for something so much it will come true. The book also celebrates the power of believing and shares a magical story of a unicorn.Read more
This book is suitable for children aged between 4 – 8 years old and for children that love unicorns.
This children’s book shares a lot of important messages throughout the book like the power of believing and the importance of friendship. The story also encourages children to expand their imagination and that if you believe in something so strong it might just come true.
The illustrations offer a full-page spread of dreamlike images that will make every child want to believe in unicorns. The joyful illustrations also work well by capturing the child and the unicorns’ dreams in a magical dreamlike way. Plus, if your little one likes unicorns, they will love this book.
18. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields
Makes learning fun and interactive
Includes a mixture of questions, games, recipes, and crafts
Features a lot of photography
Will encourage your child to ask questions
Only comes in a hardcover
The National Geographic has created this fabulous Little Kids First Big Book of Why book. Featuring interactive Q&A, simple recipes, hands-on games, and crafts this is a fantastic book, suitable for children who are just about to begin preschool.Read more
This book is suitable for children aged between 3 – 7 years old and works as a great educational book for children who are about to start preschool.
The benefit of this Little Kids First Big Book of Why is that the author has made learning fun. Set out in a mixture of simple recipes, games, crafts, and lively questions, the book will encourage and invite your child to ask questions. This book will also prepare your child for preschool. It teaches in an interactive way, which is the best way to learn at this specific age.
This is a highly interactive and entertaining children’s book, your little one will not even realize they are learning. Featuring lots of photography, this book is extremely visually entertaining. The book is broken down into a mixture of games, simple receipts, exciting questions, and crafts which makes learning fun and exciting. You will find your child asking endless questions with this book.
19. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
Great book for little perfectionists
This book teaches children you can always learn from your mistakes
Includes lovely illustrations
Only available in hardcover
This story is about a girl called Beatrice who never makes a mistake until one day she makes a huge mistake in front of everyone. The book shows readers that life is more fun when you enjoy everything, even the mistakes.Read more
This book is suitable for children aged 4 – 8 years. It is also a great read for any young perfectionist.
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is a lovely book that children can learn a lot from. Through the character Beatrice, the book encourages children to learn from their mistakes. It also conveys a powerful message, that by putting too much pressure on yourself to be perfect, it can suck the joy out of everything.
The book shows that you can laugh off a very public mistake and the book highlights the importance of resiliency. It will also make your child realize that you should enjoy the things you do, rather than worrying about doing things perfectly.
This book is a must-read for any young perfectionist. Featuring lovely illustrations, the book shows little perfectionists that making a mistake is ok and can be a lot of fun as well.
20. Awesome Jokes That Every 6-Year-Old Should Know! By Mat Waugh
Encourages children to read
Provides a lot of entertainment value
Perfect for kids who love jokes
Includes a mixture of classic and brand-new jokes
Some customers found the jokes to not be particularly good
If your 6-year-old likes telling jokes and listening to jokes then they will love this book, Awesome Jokes That Every 6-Year-Old Should Know! The book is full of punchlines that will certainly get the whole family wanting to know more. The book also includes a mixture of classic and brand-new jokes that will keep your child and everyone else entertained.Read more
This book is suitable for children aged 5 – 8 years old.
This jokes book for 6-year-old kids is a brilliant way of encouraging children who normally don’t read, interested in reading. It will teach them the importance of having a good sense of humor and how to make people laugh. Telling the jokes may encourage your little one to want to memorize the jokes.
They will also be developing a mixture of skills when it comes to performing and reading the jokes out loud. The joke book will build their confidence, particularly when it comes to public speaking.
This book will give your child a lot of entertainment value as well as the whole family. Your child will spend hours reading the jokes, memorizing, and performing them to others and providing a lot of enjoyment for everyone.
21. Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Challenges traditional gender stereotypes
Includes a lot of powerful messages
Love the use of illustrations
Only available in hardcover
Julian Is a Mermaid is a story about a young boy who wants to be a mermaid. While riding the subway home with his Nana, Julian notices three women dressed in mermaid costumes. This image leaves the boy daydreaming of the magical scene and all he wants to do it dress up as a mermaid himself. Later Julian tells his Abuela that he wants to dress up. He does and when his grandmother catches him, she embraces his want to dress up as a mermaid and takes him to a festival where people dress up like Julian.Read more
This book is suitable for children aged 4 – 8 years old.
This picture book is a great way of teaching readers that anyone can be a mermaid. All it takes is acceptance, love, and a little imagination. The story also shows the importance of being seen and affirmed. This is also a great book that challenges traditional gender stereotypes, highlighting that Julian can be free to be himself, whatever it may be.
This picture book includes imaginative and breath-taking muted illustrations that capture the mood and narrative perfectly. With more images than text, this is a great option for a younger audience.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
We want your kids to love reading. One of the biggest deterrents for most children is the frustration of not understanding the books in front of them.
Children need constant challenges but also a great deal of encouragement. If you pick books that are too easy, children’s skills plateau or else they get bored with the activity. If you pick books that are too difficult, kids struggle, feel discouraged, and quickly abandon ship. This is why most books will give you some idea of the age range or skill level of each book.
Published children’s books evaluate their own level of difficulty and reading comprehension based on things like the subject matter, length, and vocabulary. Some themes are too mature for young audiences to fully grasp and the impact of the story may be lost on them. Likewise, there are words and sounds that are above their level of understanding. Sprinkle a few of those around and you have a wonderful opportunity for parents to help children learn new things. Cram too many of them into a book and children lose interest or feel ill-equipped.
All of the books on our list have been deemed suitable for children around the age of six. Your child may be slightly ahead of or behind the median curve but none of these should be far outside of their range of interest and comfort. These books explore themes that children will find relevant and relatable and do so through vocabulary and literary devices that children are already familiar with or at least beginning to learn.
Reading is about more than just stringing letters and sounds together. Reading is a wonderful activity that allows us to empathize with characters and worlds very different than our own.
It also allows us to explore our imagination and creativity, learn how to better express our own feelings, and often it teaches us important lessons about life. The educational value of books is limitless. Children who are comfortable with words and expressing themselves often see less behavioral and communicative issues. Additionally, those that read books that encourage empathy and morality tend to cope better socially.
But books aren’t always about narrative journeys. Many books out there are meant to be educational in a more traditional sense. Plenty of books from National Geographic are collections of facts and information arranged in fun, informative ways. There are wonderful and empowering books that talk about female scientists.
Cookbooks teach children how to fend for themselves in the kitchen! Many skills can be learned by reading, so we’ve tried to pick a spread of books that we feel instill either important life skills or important life lessons in addition to helping children become better readers.
Lastly, we tried to pick books that are just plain fun! Kids tend to be creatures of immediate gratification.
They enjoy learning--but only so long as it remains enjoyable. Some children may find that they enjoy books that are closer to a textbook informational format. But young readers (such as six-year-olds) often do best with narrative stories, or at least books that use the information they have to entertain, delight, and surprise! Colorful pictures always help, as children are also sensory creatures and visual stimulation is a great way to keep them engaged and interested.
Humor is an especially useful tool when dealing with children. They respond well to people, activities, and stories that make them laugh. Our list is full of books with comedy, silliness, and colorful characters. We’ve tried to pick stories that have extremely positive feedback from other readers. A few of these books may even have stood the test of time and be ones that you recognize from your own childhood.
These stories may entertain with different styles and in different ways but they all stand out as ones that children gravitate towards and relate to, so they’ll want to keep coming back to them again and again!
Don’t expect your 6 year old to be able to count up to 100 or even more. At most, 6 year olds are known to be able to count well up to 20. Nevertheless, most kids at this age should already have a fair understanding of superlative and comparative adjectives such as “small,” “smaller,” and “smallest,” which are technically essential math concepts. They also have a fair understanding of the concept of time such as “yesterday,” “today,” and “tomorrow.” They also what it means to be “first” or even “next.” They know the days of the week as well as the idea that “last week” is in the past and that “next week” is still to come. Their understanding of positional concepts is also amazing. They know “left,” “right,” “middle,” and “last.”
You might not know it but 6 year olds love telling simple stories often from the things that other people say, their own personal experiences, and the things that they read from their books. Give them a picture and they can easily concoct stories about it, albeit sometimes in a less than sensible manner. They can even begin describing things or explaining what they have seen or experienced in a manner that is comprehensible and understandable. Understand that a great majority of 6 year olds cannot read on their own yet; although some can already begin to read independently. Most don’t have the ability to write on their own, too; although they can easily memorize nursery rhymes and songs.
Other Factors to Consider
The books on our list are perfect for 6-year-olds as several of them have colorful illustrations and all of them are written in simple language that is easy for kids to understand. Because these 12 top books for 6-year-olds are all age-appropriate, kids will feel confident as they are able to follow along and keep up with the context of the story. The books are written with simple, concise words that are easy for kids to read on their own and understand. Kids will surely have no problem at all striking up a conversation about the material they have just read about with parents, siblings, friends, and teachers.
Did you know that one of the most amazing things in the speech and language development of 6 year olds is their growing proficiency in pronouncing words the correct way? The majority of 6 year old children are now able to pronounce all of the vowels and the diphthongs of their native language. When it comes to consonants, only a few remain to be mastered.
Typically, the sounds “s,” “th,” “z,” “ch,” and “wh” as well as the soft “g” are quite challenging to pronounce correctly among 6 year olds. Nevertheless, this age only goes to show that they are now more than ready to communicate their thoughts and feelings to other people, including adults. As a matter of fact, their words are now comprehensible as far as adult conversations are concerned.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How can I get my kid to enjoy a book without pictures?
Children’s books that don’t contain illustrations usually make up for it with a captivating storyline and very interesting characters. To get your kid to enjoy a book without pictures, try involving them in the story as much as possible and making it fun by doing things such as:
- Reenacting scenes
- Asking them to draw a picture of what they think the character may look like
- Changing your voice as you read the book aloud to match the different characters
- Books without illustrations can be a great way for your kid to enhance their imagination
q: How do I know if a book is age-appropriate for my 6 year old kid?
Finding an age-appropriate book for your kid is not hard at all. Many books have a reading level on the back cover to match your kid’s age. For example if you are looking for a book for your 6 year old, and age appropriate book may have a 5 to 8 age bracket printed onto the back. However not all kids will fit into these criteria depending on their reading ability.
It is important that the book has a vocabulary that is easy for your kid to understand in addition to a storyline that is not too complex for a 6 year old.
q: How can I appropriately transition my 6 year old kid from picture books with very little text to chapter books?
A good way to transition kids from picture books to chapter books would be to get a chapter book that has a very simple storyline, understandable text and bold, vibrant pictures.
It would not be suitable to give your child a lengthy chapter book that does not contain colorful photographs if they are used to picture books. Doing this could result in frustration and a lack of confidence.
q: What are I Can Read! books?
I Can Read! books are a line of books that are targeted towards readers who are beginners. The I Can Read! books are grouped into six levels:My Very First - This level is geared towards teaching vowels.
My First - This level has books that are meant to be read aloud to kids.
Level 1 - This level is for kids who are somewhat familiar with reading sentences and different sounds aloud.
Level 2 - This level is geared toward kids who can read with assertiveness but can still gain an advantage with extra help.
Level 3 - This level has fun books for kids to read by themselves.
Level 4 - This level provides advanced books.
q: How long should a good children’s book be?
If a children’s book is good, the length does not matter. It is not the length that makes a book good. What makes up a good children’s book are a few factors:
Memorable, relatable characters
A story that teaches a great life lesson
Vivid illustrations, not just through photos but through the text as well
A solid beginning, middle and end that will not leave the reader to feel as if they have a lack of information
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