This post is part of the series in Book Recommendations for Kids by Age and Month of the Year. This post has Aprilbook recommendations for children who are 5 years old. Each book is paired up with additional resources that you can use to extend the story further.
My daughter is now 8 years old and a very fluent reader. Very often I hear the same question, What did you do with her when she was little? Well, we read a lot, and I maintained a diary of our reading activities in weekly What My Child Is Reading entries in my blog. I decided to make these reading diaries more useful and create a new series on my blog where I will share our best books for each month for ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. Moreover, I will pair each book with an extension activity – sometimes with ours and sometimes with activities from my creative friends from Kid Blogger Network. In this post I am featuring books that we read when Smarty was 5 years old.
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1. How I Learned Geography
We always enjoyed books about different lands and cultures, but this book is a little different. How I Learned Geography by a Caldecott winner Uri Shulevitz tells of a difference a map made in his life when he was a hungry small child ripped from his own home by WWII. The story is gentle enough and can be understood by 5 year olds who might want to have a map of their own to study. If you have a place in your home for a map, make sure they have one! KC Edventures has an excellent post on why each home needs a map.
2. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You
April is a National Poetry Month, and I want to recommend one of our favorite poetry books for kids – You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman. The short and catchy rhymes in this book are designed for two voices, and my daughter (who was reading fluently at 5) and I enjoyed reading them together. However, they can also be read by one parent acting out two readers or memorized for joint reading to younger siblings. Buggy and Buddy, who also believes in introducing her children to poetry, created a poetry journal for her daughter and explained a poetry exposure method that she uses at home.
3. I Can Save the EarthWe enjoyed several books from Little Green Books series, and I Can Save the Earth! by Alison Inches can be a fun read for Earth Day. The book offers practical tips for kids to become more environment-conscious with the focus on saving electricity and water. You might want to play “Save the Earth!” board game from Toddler Approved to reinforce lessons from this book.
4. Seeing Symmetry
Loreen Leedy has excellent math books for kids of different ages, and Seeing Symmetry is a great introduction to this geometry topic. I always thought that children are actually more attuned to seeing symmetry than many adults, especially when I see some of my daughter’s construction projects or abstract drawings. This book has ideas for hands-on exploration of symmetry in the end, and one of them is, of course, symmetrical paint blots. Fantastic Fun and Learning took this symmetry project further by using bleeding tissue papers and transforming the results into a pretty symmetry butterfly.
5. How a Seed GrowsWhat does really happen when we put a seed into soil? How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan from Let’s Read and Find Out series gives a detailed answer to this question by taking a look at seeds and changes that happen to them. You can actually watch this miracle of life happen if you grow some bean seeds on cotton balls as described in The Imagination Tree tutorial.
6. The Little Red PenDid you know that your office supplies have personalities? They certainly do in The Little Red Pen – a fascinating adventure tale by Janet and Susan Stevens. In the beginning of the story everyone is bickering, but when the little red pen accidentally rolls into the Pit of No Return (aka a trash can), the office supplies have to act as a team to save their mate. Do you want to save your own office supplies from this fate? Put them into a pretty washi tape pen holder with this tutorial from Red Ted Art and give a new purpose to a tin can while you are at it.
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