Popular Series & Authors for 3- to 5-Year-Olds

Have fun with these book series that teach timeless lessons and sharpen reading skills.

By Scholastic Parents Staff
May 16, 2022



Popular Series & Authors for 3- to 5-Year-Olds

May 16, 2022

Children in preschool and kindergarten learn and absorb so much from ages 3-5. This is the time where they're beginning to study their ABCs, early phonics, and develop crucial reading comprehension. At the same time, they're learning the dynamics of making new friends and adjusting to the ins and outs of a school environment. That can be very exciting!

During this crucial time in their development, children greatly benefit from a daily reading routine. Finding the right series for this age range can help them make real world connections between their favorite characters and the situations they come across during their days, like learning empathy, celebrating differences, inclusion, and developing self esteem among others. 

Authors like Ross Burach, David Shannon, Lucille Colandro, and Aaron Blabey combine fun narratives and eye-catching illustrations to weave stories your child will love and relate to. With rhyming text, memorable characters, and engaging plots, your child will have fun coming back to these books and won't even realize they're learning valuable skills.

Use your child's favorite characters like Clifford, Pete the Cat, and David to teach them timeless lessons while sharpening their reading development. These expert-chosen books are guaranteed to delight them and provide beneficial laughs during read-aloud time, while also setting them up for reading success. 

Shop the best books and series for kids ages 3-5 below! Plus, explore our Scholastic Parents book lists to discover the best children's books by age, interest, and more. You can find all books and activities at The Scholastic Store, where you can get free shipping on book-only orders over $25. 

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