Best Books Under $5 for Ages 3–5

From hilarious read-alouds to independent readers, these budget-friendly picks will help you get more books on your shelves for less.

Jul 15, 2024

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Best Books Under $5 for Ages 3–5

Jul 15, 2024

Having a wide range of books to choose from at home will help your child develop critical early reading skills and set them up for preschool success. But it shouldn’t have to break the bank. 

This collection of books under $5 is designed to be a cost-effective way to grow your child’s home library while offering a diverse selection. It includes everything from beloved picture books and popular characters to nonfiction favorites and teacher-approved workbooks. 

Shop all books under $5 for all ages here. 

The ages 3–5 are a critical time in your child’s development. During these two years, they’re building an academic foundation to carry into school. Through the power of books, they’re broadening their vocabulary, developing critical thinking, growing social-emotional skills, and beginning to master sounds and letters.  

Reading together every night not only brings the family together to share stories, but by making reading a fun daily ritual, you’ll foster a love of reading while building core literacy skills that will give your child a head start at school. 

Plus, check out even more great ways to save on books kids love.

Fans of Peppa Pig (and unicorns!) will love following along with the fun in Peppa’s Magical Unicorn. When Suzy comes over to play with Peppa, they have a lot of fun with Peppa’s new toy horse, but what they really want to play with is a wonderful, colorful, magical unicorn! Can Daddy Pig make their dreams come true?

If your child is ready, the Scholastic line of Acorn books are perfect for kids who are growing into independent readers. Featuring easy-to-read text, short-story formats, humor, and colorful artwork on every page, they’re designed to build reading confidence and fluency.

One such title is A Friend for Dragon — a hilarious yet touching story about friendship from best-selling author Dav Pilkey. 

Shop more books under $5 for kids aged 3–5 below. Find all books and activities at The Scholastic Store.

Fun Family Read-Alouds

Early Independent Readers

Engaging Nonfiction Titles

Educator-Approved Workbooks

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