2017 Best Books for 6 Year Old Children
Ensure exploring new worlds and learning new concepts is a fun treat with the top 10 books for 6 year olds. Nourish young brains with a comprehensive list of books that make them laugh, helps them realize the importance of compassion and understanding, unearth new galaxies, and stresses the necessity of environmental protection. This amazing compilation of the top 10 books for 6 year olds offers everything a young brain could want, from classic wording by Dr. Seuss to the humorous poems of Shel Silverstein. Enjoy enriching the mind of your kindergartener with books that emphasize a love of learning and everything the world has to offer.
Make it easy to instill a love of learning and the written word with this diverse, wonderful list featuring some of the world’s most beloved children’s authors. Read them with your child..and have fun revisiting favorite verses and discovering new authors that simply must make their way into your home’s library.
What’s here: This fantastic compilation of the 10 best books for children 6 years of age for the spring and summer months of 2017 was created by real moms and educators who enjoyed these books themselves or taught them in class. Numerous types and themes of books are included in the list to keep your youngin’ stimulated.
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Post Updated: April 9th, 2017
1. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
2. The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
3. The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
4. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
5. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
6. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
7. Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin
8. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
9. 5-Minute Star Wars Stories by LucasFilm Press
10. Owl Diaries #1 – Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott
Top 10 Books for 6 Year Olds:
|Eva's Treetop Festival: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #1) *||$3.61|
|I Wish You More *||$10.48|
|Star Wars: 5-Minute Star Wars Stories (5 Minute Stories) *||$8.50|
|The Book with No Pictures *||$14.86|
|The Day the Crayons Came Home *||$12.46|
|The Lorax (Classic Seuss) *||$13.46|
|The Story of Diva and Flea *||$10.30|
|The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) *||$8.36|
|Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings *||$13.59|
At the very top of the 2017 top 10 books for 6 year olds is The Thank You Book by Mo Willems.
Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the…errr, piggie…are best friends, but complete opposites. Gerald is conservative, quiet, and cautious, where Piggie is loud, boisterous, and brave. In this story, Piggie is in a “thank you” mood, thanking everyone—except for the one friend that truly matters. Whimsical illustrations and quirky humor abound in this wonderful book. If your little ‘un loves Piggie and Gerald stories, he or she will adore this story all about saying thank you. It will make you both laugh…and maybe even tear up a little!
A returning favorite – The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak (you might remember him from The Office and Inglorious Bastards) also hits high among the best books for 6 year olds this year.
A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by the award-winning Novak will turn any reader into a comedian. You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how the book works: everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Fun, right? It also features some great advice for little readers.
If you love being silly while reading books to your kiddos, this book is a must. It also helps encourages their reading skills!
Another book by Mo Willems ranks highly among books for 6 year old kids in 2017 – The Story of Diva and Flea.
Diva is a pint-size, brave pup living the good life in a Paris high-rise. Whereas, Flea is a streetwise alley cat with enough curiosity to hinder his nine lives. When the two form a fast, close friendship, laugh-out-loud adventures ensue. They explore their respective worlds together and learn a whole lot about the city they love.
A great first chapter book, this story also promotes sense of wonder about other areas of the world. The backdrop of Paris might inspire your 6 year old to learn more about European cities, while the story helps your little ‘un celebrate what makes us all so different and unique. A real winner!
Next up on the list – The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt.
In the sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit, this book once again follows Duncan’s art supplies. He has made amends and his crayons are coming home, but they are bringing a few dozen extras. All of the lost, thrown-away, hidden, broken crayons are making a comeback. Duncan finds himself dealing with this rag-tag team of crayons, including Maroon, who was lost under the sofa cushions and sat on, and Turquoise, who got stuck to a sock in the dryer.
This book has won numerous awards, including the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book of 2015. It has been hailed as funnier than the original crayon book!
Funny, colorful read!
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is one of the classics that remains a hit, and falls into one of the top 6 year olds’ books for 2017.
Where the Sidewalk Ends was a childhood must-read of mine—one I have held onto over the decades. Great memories, for sure. This commemorative edition marks 40 years of funny, thought-provoking poems, quirky illustrations, and the awesomeness of Shel Silverstein. Your youngling will laugh and laugh as you read stories of a boy who turns into a TV set, tales of planting diamonds and washing shadows, and beyond. This timeless collection recently celebrated 40 years in print and makes a truly wonderful gift. It also helps foster a great sense of humor in your young one…what’s not to 100% love?
Sixth up on our list this year – I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
As parents, we look at our kiddos and wish the world for them. We hope and wish that they will grow into beautiful, imaginative, creative people—never losing their wonder and awe. Unfortunately, most societies ruin those wishes, but this book gives your childhood imagination back with wishes to spare. Read this bestseller to your young one and create a memory that will last forever.
Think of the book as a lovely alternative to the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! The illustrations are amazing, and only add to the wonderful sentiment this book offers. You will love it and so will your kiddo.
Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin marks its place at #7 among the best books for six year old kids this year.
Robots are super-cool, no doubt. They have heaps of awesome gadgets, like lasers, rockets, and super computers. They can do anything. Or, they can do nothing and still look cool. In this story, kiddos discover they can become robots too with a special, delicious dose of Robo-Sauce. Features fold-out surprises sure to delight your 6 year old. The book actually becomes a robot…how awesome is that?!?
Read this crazy-fun book with your little ‘un and get ready to laugh and squeal from start to finish. Another must-have…fo sho!
A “must-have” book for kids at or around 6 years of age – The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss had a knack for taking real world problems and expressing concern for them in unique, beautiful, thought-provoking ways. The Lorax is a story that addresses the need for humanity to save the Earth and take care of nature. It is a classic Dr. Seuss story and a classic tale in general. Plus, the Lorax is just so darn cute!
Enjoy reading this book to help instill a love of nature and the importance of conservation in your youngling. The Lorax is an essential part of any kiddie book collection.
5-Minute Star Wars Stories by LucasFilm Press is a fun new addition to the list.
Lightsabers, intergalactic adventures, a bit of romance, and lots of action—all must-have elements for a good Star Wars story. Or 11. This collection of 5-minutes Star Wars stories is action-packed, with appearances by character favorites, like Chewbacca and Yoda.
Whether your child is a die-hard Star Wars fan or has only recently become interested in the classic fantasy series, this book is sure to enthrall. Since the stories are so short, your kiddo can have fun trying his or her reading skills without worrying that said stories will go on “too long.”
And – the final pick of the top ten books for kids age 6 in 2017 – Owl Diaries #1 – Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott.
Eva is a sweet-hearted owl with over-the-top creative flow and a bigger-than-life imagination. She keeps all of her thoughts and adventures documented in a series of Owl Diaries—and this is the first book, her introduction. Eva loves going to school, drawing, and staying busy. She does NOT like her mom’s slug sandwiches or her brother’s smelly socks!
Great for novice readers, this book also helps inspire a love of learning…and organizing! The illustrations are insanely cute, too!
Update note: This Top 10 Books for 6 Year Olds 2017 page was modified to reflect current information on April 9th, 2017.