Books for six-year-olds

Top 10 Books for six-year-olds : Where the Wild Things Are, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Harry the Dirty Dog, A Bad Case of Stripes, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Little Engine That Could, Corduroy, Horton Hears a Who!

Where the Wild Things Are
AuthorMaurice Sendak
One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper.

That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
AuthorJudith Viorst
The perennially popular tale of Alexander's worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child's bookshelf.

Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.

And it got worse...

His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch...
Harry the Dirty Dog
AuthorGene Zion
Gene Zion cunningly disguised one of the great existential questions of our age in this Dirty Harry book.

Do you feel lucky?

This is a book about identity:

Am I white (with black spots)
or black (with white spots)

About change and transition:

A Bad Case of Stripes
AuthorDavid Shannon
My daughter is in 1st grade (age 6) and is TERRIFIED of this book. I realize it is very, very popular but my daughter has a great imagination and now she is very scared of eating orange, green, and blue foods. She pretty much only eats pink/red and white foods now.

We got this book as a gift from my father...
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
AuthorMo Willems
Much to the chagrin of Pigeon, little Duckling uses very polite manners to request a cookie, and actually gets one. Filled with righteous fury, Pigeon loses his temper and complains bitterly about this terrible state of affairs. However, things aren't what they seem, and Duckling has a secret plan!...
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
AuthorLaura Joffe Numeroff
When it comes to children's books, it's hard to beat the bestselling team of author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond for creative and captivating tales that are both fun and educational. They continue the tradition that began with such whimsical titles as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If...
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
AuthorMo Willems
When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place—a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture...
The Little Engine That Could
AuthorWatty Piper
When I was seven, my Mom used to read to us from this little book.

It was one of many books scattered atop our bright red plastic-‘n-steel tabletop, and she was cataloguing them for her new Public Library!

It was a bright red-letter year for us kids, too, that year - a real Book Bonanza.

AuthorDon Freeman
Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his...
Horton Hears a Who!
AuthorDr. Seuss
In the fifties, my Mom was head librarian for our small-town library (politically, we were termed a Police Village, whatever that meant).

So we kids got our literacy skills off and running when she used to catalogue books in our kitchen.

Especially since City View was in the middle...
AuthorBrett Axel
Using "fairy" and "goblin" in lieu of female and male, the author has created a timely allegorical fairy tale. A youngster named Julep, who lives in a forest tribe, insists on growing up to be a goblin rather than a fairy. The tribe learns to accept that Julep is a goblin at heart, eventually coming around...
Little Bear
AuthorElse Holmelund Minarik
Enter the world of Little Bear. Children will be entranced by Little Bear's trip to the moon, his birthday party, and his wishes and adventures.This is the first of the five classic books about Little Bear, introducing the funny and strikingly childlike bear cub and his friends. The combination of Else...
AuthorRudyard Kipling
Here is the thrilling story of Rikki, a fearless young mongoose who finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle to protect a boy and his parents from Nag and Nagaina, the two enormous cobras who stalk the gardens outside the family's home in India. Nobel Prize winner Rudyard Kipling's timeless...
The Monster at the End of this Book
AuthorJon Stone
Many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page—for fear of a monster at the end of the book. “Oh, I am so embarrassed,” he says on the last page . . . for, of course, the monster...
The Sneetches and Other Stories
AuthorDr. Seuss
Illus. in full color. "Four funny easy-to-read stories all with subtly planted moral lessons."--Publishers Weekly.  

"Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches / Had bellies with stars. / The Plain-Belly Sneetches / Had none upon thars." This collection of four of Dr. Seuss's...
The Cricket in Times Square
AuthorGeorge Selden
One night, the sounds of New York City--the rumbling of subway trains, thrumming of automobile tires, hooting of horns, howling of brakes, and the babbling of voices--is interrupted by a sound that even Tucker Mouse, a jaded inhabitant of Times Square, has never heard before. Mario, the son of Mama...
AuthorAmy Ehrlich
Once upon a time there was a woman who was sad because she had no children. One day she planted a magic seed and from the seed grew a flower. Inside the flower was a tiny, exquisite girl no bigger than the woman's thumb. Her name was Thumbelina.
The two lived happily together until an ugly old toad snuck...
AuthorA.A. Milne
The Bear of Very Little Brain and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood have delighted generations of readers since Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926.

Back by popular demand, the four full-color gift editions of the original Pooh classics are available again. These elegant books,...
Miss Nelson Is Back
AuthorHarry Allard
Sweet Miss Nelson has a new class of students in Room 207, but like their predecessors in Miss Nelson Is Missing! , they have a talent for trouble, and like to test the boundaries a bit! When Miss Nelson must miss a week of school, after having her tonsils out, the children at first imagine that this will...
Mr. Popper's Penguins
AuthorRichard Atwater
The single greatest book of my childhood. (Nerd alert warning)...This will explain how much I enjoyed this book. When I first read it, I had inherited a copy from one of my older siblings. They had written their name in the front of it, because our mother has a weird obsession with putting our names on everything...
BOB Books Set 1: Beginning Readers
AuthorBobby Lynn Maslen
Bob Books are back, now with a bright, unique box display and colored illustrations throughout that make learning to read even more fun!

Bob Books Set 1: Beginning Readers

Teach a child letter sounds with Bob Books Set 1! With four letters in the first story, children can read a whole...
The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks
AuthorJoanna Cole
The first of Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen's wildly popular Magic School Bus series, which follows Miss Frizzle's class as they take fantastic field trips in the course of investigating various scientific topics, The Magic School Bus At the Waterworks sees teacher and students ascending into the clouds,...
AuthorRussell Hoban
I love Frances. I love when kids come to my house and clamor for more Frances books. I love still having a few in reserve. I love reading them to people. I love reading them to myself. I am barmy for Frances.

But this Frances book has the best line in maybe the whole series, and one I quote on approximately...
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
AuthorMo Willems
Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.

One day--for no particular reason--they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then--for...
Dolphins at Daybreak
AuthorMary Pope Osborne
Morgan le Fay will make Jack and Annie masters of the tree house if only
they can solve four riddles -- which will take four books, of course!
"Dolphins at Daybreak" begins the third set of four books in this magical
(and increasingly popular) series! Jack and Annie are off in the Magic Tree
The Family Under the Bridge
AuthorNatalie Savage Carlson
This is the delightfully warm and enjoyable story of an old Parisian named Armand, who relished his solitary life. Children, he said, were like starlings, and one was better off without them.
But the children who lived under the bridge recognized a true friend when they met one, even if the friend...
Where the Sidewalk Ends
AuthorShel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
AuthorBetty MacDonald
Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once. Most of all, she knows everything about children. She can cure them of any ailment. Patsy hates baths. Hubert never puts anything away. Allen...
Frog and Toad Are Friends
AuthorArnold Lobel
Celebrate the power of friendship in these five adventurous stories starring Frog and Toad—a Caldecott Honor Book!

From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be. Frog and...
The House at Pooh Corner
AuthorA.A. Milne
Winnie-the-Pooh, the Best Bear in All the World, has long been adored by readers young and old. In this beautiful full-color gift edition of "The House at Pooh Corner, " Ernest H. Shepard's classic illustrations have been painstakingly hand-colored. An exquisite volume and the perfect gift for any...
A Bargain for Frances
AuthorRussell Hoban
Again, as with the other books in this series, Russell (Riddley Walker, The Medusa Frequency) and Lillian (Tea and Jam for Frances) Hoban have built a clear, core narrative around an important life-lesson for their young readers, told through the simple charcoal-and pencil medium, but enhanced by...
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!
AuthorMo Willems
I am feeling a lot better this lovely evening thanks to all of you who showed me nothing but love whenever i was going threw that tough illness by talking to me and encourageing me to get better... Barabra Saffer, Teresa, Leila Wilson, Charlotte, Julie Grippo, Ashley Devault, Tadiana *Night Owl*, Stacy,...
I Wanna Iguana
AuthorKaren Kaufman Orloff
Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so he puts his arguments in writing. He promises that she won't have to feed it or clean its cage or even see it if she doesn't want to. Of course Mom imagines life with a six-foot-long iguana eating them out of house and home. Alex's reassurances:...
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
AuthorMo Willems
When Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, he can hardly wait to shove the entire thing in his beak. But . . . then a very sly and hungry duckling enters the scene and wants a bite. Who will be the more clever bird?

In this hilarious follow-up to the acclaimed Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Mo Willems...
Put Me in the Zoo
AuthorRobert Lopshire

“Put Me in the Zoo” by Robert Lopshire is a children’s book written about an animal that wants to be in a zoo.The animal really wanted to be kept in a zoo, but when he asked the zookeepers, they said no and kicked him out. At first, he was very upset and did not understand why they would not keep...
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
AuthorDr. Seuss
Celebrate the 75th birthday of this classic treatise on bullying by Dr. Seuss with our new foil-covered, color-enhanced Anniversary Edition!

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is the story of a young peasant and his unjust treatment at the hands of King Derwin.

While The 500 Hats...
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
AuthorMo Willems
PreSchool-Grade 2-The star of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Hyperion, 2003) returns in another irresistible tale. Hurrying away to brush his teeth, the pajama-clad bus driver implores readers not to let his feathered friend stay up late. Youngsters are thrust into the role of caregiver as the...
A Pocket for Corduroy
AuthorDon Freeman
In this follow-up to his classic picture-book Corduroy , which saw a lonely stuffed bear exploring a department store at night, looking for a button, Don Freeman once again sends his adorable ursine hero on an unexpected quest: this time for a pocket. When Lisa, the little girl who took him home in the...
The Gardener
AuthorSarah Stewart
By the author-and-illustrator team of the bestselling The Library

Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing...
AuthorNikki Smith
"Five Little Speckled Frogs, sitting on a hollow log, eating some most delicious bugs. Yum, yum!" This picture book beautifully illustrates the familiar children's song through watercolor, collage and graphic design. Children and adults can easily read or sing the repetitive text while they count...
The Gruffalo
AuthorJulia Donaldson
My boy brought this to me a couple days ago, asking if I'd read it to him.

I did, and it's quickly become a new favorite.

It's not terribly complex, or long, or ethically enriching. But then again, not all books need to be.

What this book does have is a marvelously tight and deceptively...
AuthorBarbara Helen Berger
When day is done, and shadows begin to deepen, it is time for Grandfather Twilight to close his book, put on his jacket, and go for a walk through the forest. Little birds hush as he walks by, and the rabbits and other small woodland creatures watch in silence as he performs his very special evening task and...
AuthorMarion Holland
I also posted this under "Discussion," but wanted to add it here as well: This book was illustrated, but not written, by Roy McKie.

I'm delighted to see "A Big Ball of String" is still enjoyed by children and parents--and remembered fondly by those who first heard (or read) it as kids themselves....
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