Check out our list of best books for 6-year olds!
So your preschooler is now six and they’ve moved on from Dr. Seuss and other young children’s books to something a little more on their level. Well, this list of best books for 6-year-olds is just for them!
Many kids really start to blossom into readers at this age, and the best way to keep ’em interested and make it a daily habit is to keep up with their growing imaginations with the right books.
These books will meet your young reader where they are, with popular titles that get them excited to read and learn. From picture books to early chapter books, many of these are great books for even 7-year-olds and 8-year-olds. And they’re all available on Epic. Check ’em out!
Best Books for 6-Year-Olds
Written by: Cori Doerrfeld
Illustrated by: Cori Doerrfeld
In this charming modern fairy tale, 10-year old Cici has a lot going on. Her parents are separating, her wacky abuela is moving in, and on her birthday she wakes up with fairy wings! Cici’s new magical powers allow her to see friends and family as they really are, and isn’t always easy to accept.
She has only one day to decide whether to keep her wings. What will she decide?
By: Russ Willms
When Larry the elephant decides he wants to live in a tree, it makes its residents, Bird, Squirrel and Monkey uncomfortable. They throw nuts at him, and even peck at his head. Rude! But when his new home is threatened by something bigger than all of them combined, Larry shows them just how much he cares about the tree they share.
This sweet, adorable picture book shows young readers how it feels to be the “new kid” and what it’s like to be a little (or a lot) different.
3. Little Hoot
Written by: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by: Jen Corace
This one is among our favorite books for 6-year-olds who resist sleepy time! In a fun twist on the typical parent-child bedtime dilemma, Little Owl wants to go to bed early. But Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play, because they’re well, owls. So Little Owl stays up all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym and doing skateboard tricks. Little ones who don’t love going to bed will love this hoot of a picture book.
Written by: Rebecca Wood Barrett
Illustrated by: Cornelia Li
One day, 10-year-old Henry discovers a wounded, prehistoric-like creature in the snow tunnels of his ski resort town. So he takes him back to his house on a makeshift sled, builds him a secret cave and begins to nurse him back to health. But soon he discovers there are other unusual creatures wandering through the town, and not all of them are friendly. Where did they come from? And can he keep his new friend safe?
Written by: Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by: Abby Carter
Luke is devastated when he has to move to New York from Florida—and leave his best friend and abuelo behind—because of his Dad’s job as a zoo doctor.
He isn’t too happy when he sees the paint chipping on his new house on Zoo Lane, and making new friends is scary. But when Luke discovers that a mysterious zebra-printed box left outside his house may belong to one of the neighbor kids, he thinks he might be able to make a friend and solve a mystery at the same time.
This first book in the early chapter book series promotes problem-solving skills while exploring themes like conservation, animal care and friendship. Check out the whole series!
Written by: Raj Haldar, Chris Carpenter
Illustrated by: Bryce Gladfelter
Is it “Sir Francies Bacon” or “Sir, France is bakin?!”
From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of “P IS FOR PTERODACTYL” comes yet another playful picture book reveling in the fun absurdities of the English language!
In this book, Ptolemy the pterodactyl is back to teach kids about language and grammar, with homophones, homonyms and tricky punctuation. “No Reading Allowed” will give your kid the silliest English lesson ever, and have both of you laughing out loud. This is among the best books for 6-year-olds to build reading skills!
Written by: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Jon Klassen
From the multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen comes a witty tale filled with deadpan humor.
On Monday Sam and Dave dug a hole. But they won’t stop until they find something spectacular. So they keep digging, and digging, and digging some more and find nothing. But if your young reader is attentive, they may just find something extraordinary after all.
Written by: Charles Trevino
Illustrated by: Maribel Lechuga
Time for a snowy, sandy shore walk with a little girl and her mom, where every single word starts with the letter “s.” From steps to stumbles to seagulls to shells, to snug and sleeping, you and your kid will marvel at this engaging story and celebrate that sweetest of syllables, “s.”
Written by: Tom Angleberger
Illustrated by: Dan Santat
Once upon a time there was a princess in a race car who made a pit stop … and then her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! Her Royal Highness has to gear up for a mad dash to the finish line and win the race. Your young reader will delight in familiar characters like the tortoise and the hare, wicked witches and more while celebrating girl power in this thrilling twisted fairy tale.
Written by: Wilfrid Lupano
Illustrated by: Mayana Itoïz
There’s a big race happening in the forest—but someone’s ruined all the posters! Wolf is on the case, but he soon discovers a wisecracking chickadee who feels left out of the fun. So he hatches a plan to help him win … a plan that involves a little creative thinking and you guessed it, Wolf’s trademark striped undies.
In this third book in the hilarious graphic novel series, you and your kid are in for some serious laugh-out-loud lessons in finding understanding.
If your kid loves this, they might like “The Wolf in Underpants Freezes His Buns Off!”
By: Sergio Ruzzier
Fox and Chick don’t always agree, but they always find a way to work out their differences. A 2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award honoree and 2019 ALA Notable Children’s Book, this hilarious early chapter book captures the silly adventures of two sweet, funny characters as they learn about acceptance. It belongs on the shelf right along with other cherished children’s books like “There Is a Bird on Your Head!” by Mo Willems, “Mercy Watson to the Rescue” by Kate DiCamillo and “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak (although you can also find the audiobook version here on Epic).
Written by: Sue Heavenrich
Illustrated by: David Clark
Thirteen flies become tasty snacks in this funny STEM picture book. When a swarm of flies buzzes along, one by one they get snatched up by a predator along the way. From getting zapped or wrapped, to liquefied or zombified, the science is real, and offers plenty of gross-factor to tickle young readers as they learn about predators and prey—and subtraction, too. It even includes a bug-eating guide with nutritional info!
Is your kid interested in more advanced books, but not quite ready? Try our audiobook version of the Popular “Captain Underpants” series by Dav Pilkey.