Weeknights can get busy, which means that finding the time to read together as a family can be challenging. Plus, building your child's library can get expensive quickly! But by choosing reads on a budget with themes and characters your child can relate to, discovering new books for read-aloud time doesn’t have to be costly.
Whether your child loves chapter books or picture book read-alouds, these titles under $5 are perfect for unwinding together. With captivating storylines, illustrations, and characters, these reads will fit into any amount of time you have to read together on busy nights, providing moments of humor and rest amidst the busyness of everyday life.
For instance, young readers will have a good laugh with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed the ABCs, where The Old Lady eats her way through the alphabet. This hilarious picture book is packed with captivating illustrations and charming rhymes perfect for building phonemic awarness and reading fluency!
Meanwhile, Diary of a Pug #1: Pug Blasts Off is a perfect pick for kids transitioning from picture books to chapter books. Kids will follow a silly pug named Baron Von Bubbles, aka Bub, as he navigates his likes, dislikes, and a squirrel archnemesis named Nutz. (See all of the Diary of a Pug books that'll make your child laugh out loud.)
Shop the best books under $5 for busy weeknights below! You can find all books and activities at The Scholastic Store, where you get free shipping on book-only orders of $25+.
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