Popular Series & Authors for 3-5 Year Olds

Use the book and author suggestions below to match the reading level and interests of your child.
By Michelle Anthony, PhD



Popular Series & Authors for 3-5 Year Olds

Be aware that there is a wide array of reading abilities across this age. Look throughout the below suggestions and select those that match the reading level and interests of your child. Don’t limit your child to books she can read—explore the books together! (Is your child ready for readers or early chapter books? Check out these suggestions.) 

  • Scholastic Leveled Readers (fiction and nonfiction) 
  • Alphabet Mystery, Alphabet Adventure, and Alphabet Rescue series
  • Lily, Wemberly, Sheila Rae, Chester and friends of Keven Henkes
  • Miss Spider
  • Elephant and Piggie series
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus series 
  • Cat the Cat, Who Is That? series
  • Knuffle Bunny series
  • Berenstain Bears
  • Balloon Tunes series
  • Trucktown series
  • Flip-a-Word books
  • Sheep in a Jeep series
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? series
  • You Read to Me, I’ll Read To You
  • Dumb Bunnies series
  • Owly series
  • Scaredy Squirrel
  • Toon Books series
  • I Stink, I’m Dirty, I’m Mighty, I’m Big, I’m Bad 
  • Corduroy 
  • Clifford
  • ISpy:

Other Great Titles for this Age Group: 

Authors Who “Get” This Age Group

  • Donald Crews
  • David Kirk
  • Kate McMullan
  • Eric Carle
  • Jan Brett 
  • Jane Yolen
  • Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Mo Willems 
  • Sandra Boynton
  • Mem Fox
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Leo Lionni
  • Maurice Sendak
  • Ezra Jack Keats
  • Michael Rosen
  • Robert Mensch
  • Jan Thomas
  • Rosemary Wells
  • Jon Scieszka
  • Bill Martin
  • Vera B. William
  • Lois Ehlert
  • Audrey Wood
  • Kevin Lewis

Magazines: One way to get children to love reading is to provide many different reading sources and opportunities. Magazines are a great way to expand and extend your child’s reading skills. Some great ones to choose from:

Series, Characters, Authors
Reading Comprehension
Age 5
Age 4
Age 3
Early Reading