Category: for 5-year-olds

  • Richard Scarry’s Best Mysteries Ever!

    Richard Scarry invented many memorable characters, including Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm, that lived on in cartoons and educational CD-Roms even after his death in 1994. This book seems to be based on the animated series, “The Busy World of Richard Scarry” and was written in 1998. It does not include the standard Scarry characters, […]

  • The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me – Roald Dahl

    [amazon_link asins=’0142413844,0060536209′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fba9c34e-415d-11e7-af4e-bbde547c84f8′] This is a Roald Dahl story I hadn’t heard before, certainly much less-well-known than “James and the Giant Peach” or “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. It also doesn’t have the undercurrent of terror and threat of violence that most Dahl stories have. Some animals have a window-washing business and […]

  • Philadelphia Chickens

    [amazon_link asins=’0761126368′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3b58bd07-415b-11e7-96bb-c7e7d6893460′] This is a unique book. Sandra Boynton (most famous for desktop calendars and coffee mugs with phrases such as “Don’t Let the Turkeys Get You Down”) wrote a musical and got performers (Kevin Bacon, Eric Stoltz, Meryl Streep, etc.) to sing the songs on the included CD. The CD […]

  • How to Be a Viking

    [amazon_link asins=’0316286354′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’35c7f0d6-4159-11e7-b641-19802752ab98′] This book introduces the character of Hiccup, who went on to have more adventures in the better known series, “How to Train Your Dragon”. It’s a fun, but serious story of a little boy who is thrust into the world of adults (specifically tough viking men) and has to […]

  • Geckos Make a Rainbow, Geckos Go To Bed

    We bought these two books when we lived in Hawai’i and were standard bedtime reading for our two-year-old, even after we moved to the mainland. They were precious enough to lug with us. The drawings are fun and there is enough Hawai’ian imagery and references for the stories to feel a bit ‘exotic’ to some […]

  • The Giant Jam Sandwich

    [amazon_link asins=’0395442370′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9bff1d42-4156-11e7-8aad-69df16bb08d0′] This is a classic that our kids asked for again and again, even taking it to kindergarten for show-and-tell. The illustration style is unique and appealing. And the text, written in verse, makes it easy for children to follow along: Bap gave instructions for the making of the dough. […]

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    [amazon_link asins=’0060254920′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’452d1758-40e9-11e7-a5f4-1181c079377b’] A true classic. The title, phrases such as “let the wild rumpus start”, and the images have become part of the American consciousness. This book is as essential a part of a child’s library as is ‘Goodnight Moon’ or ‘The Cat in the Hat’. The theme of an angry […]

  • Sam and the Firefly – P. D. Eastman

    [amazon_link asins=’0394800060′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5e84dd66-40c5-11e7-8e1a-cff1bab697d8′] This was one of my favorites when I was a kid but our kids haven’t been into it. I think the dark colors are less appealing or maybe a bit scary. I’ll try again. The lesson about listening is a good one.

  • The Monster at the End of This Book

    [amazon_link asins=’0307010856′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’87063d36-40c4-11e7-90c2-0d95fdc38dcc’] My kids were scared of this book at first and it took a lot of convincing to read it. After they saw the twist ending however, they asked for it over and over, proud that they had conquered their fear. A classic. An interesting dynamic occurs after the first […]

  • Look out for Mater!

    [amazon_link asins=’0736425829′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1a1c765e-40c4-11e7-a63e-933c95b805a4′] This is a little golden book about Lightning McQueen trying to be a good friend to Mater, who has a knack for getting in trouble. It has a good lesson about friendship and following rules, even if the kids aren’t into the movie Cars. My kids never got into […]