Books for kindergarten and beyond

Reading to our children is fun — and can bring us hours of enjoyment and quality time together (especially if bedtime goes well)! 

But what happens when it’s time to get the kids to read to themselves?

Fortunately, there are oodles of resources out there to foster a lifelong love of reading.  

The newly published list — 50 Best Books for 5- and 6-Year-Olds from Brightly, a new website from Penguin Random House — is one such resource.

Each book on the list was selected by a group of experts — including Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota — to entice, entertain and educate children.

The list (PDF) includes picture books, first books to read alone and early chapter books. The selections take into account the range of reading abilities within the 5-to-6 age group: Some kids aren’t ready to read, while others are reading independently.  

Go to to download a handy one-page version of the list, which includes checkboxes to help you keep track of which ones you’ve read.