What are good story books to read to a 4 and 5 year old?

I’m looking for recommendations for chapter or story books that are concise enough to read out loud but still have a good engaging plot they will enjoy hearing over several reading sessions. We’ve read through the Magic Treehouse series a couple of times and they loved those, so if you know of anything similar I’d love to hear it. TIA!

  • Krystal
    Sep 14

    My kids liked Roald Dahl books. The Witches was a favorite, but they liked Matilda too.

  • Rebekah
    Sep 14

    Cam Jansen books, A to Z Mysteries, or Calendar Mysteries have a similar feel to Magic Tree House. They’re more realistic fiction than fantasy though. Worth a shot! Another really cute book I read aloud to my students in first grade was “The Big Bad Detective Agency”. It’s a mystery novel with lots of familiar fairytale characters about the Big Bad Wolf being wrongly accused and having to clear his name.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 14

    You need these books, and can probably find them at the library! 🙂 we also read the entire magic tree house series and needed our next read — Trumpet Of The Swan was a good one. You’ll find so many great ideas in these books!!

  • Diane
    Sep 14

    Yes- Anonymous, Jim Trelease was the master at promoting reading to kids! I also still remember my young son laughing hysterically when I read Mr. Poppers Penguins close to 30 yrs ago- not sure if dated now but think it's a classic children's book. You might also consider adding some poetry to the mix-old standbys like Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky.

  • Stephanie
    Sep 16

    Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #5) by Dav Pilkeyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dog-man-lord-fleas-from-creator-captain-underpants/idXXX-XXXX?mt=11

  • Dan
    Sep 21

    My 4 year loves: Winnie the Pooh, House at Pooh Corner, Pippy Longstocking, wizard of Oz, everything by Beverly Clearly especially Ralph the mouse.

  • Kevin
    Sep 21

    I've read Winnie the Pooh in Latin off and on since my 3 year old was an infant. We've recently started Christmasaurus.

  • Morgan
    Sep 28

    The Chronicles of Narnia are a great series! The stories are very engaging and also integrate good morals. There are also some old school ones mystery series that I loved growing up: Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Boxcar Children, Encyclopedia Brown. These are all great for teaching problem-solving skills... you can make a game out of trying to "solve the mystery" before the main characters. The Alice & Wonderland series has good imagery and is great for the imagination. It's been a while since I've read them though - they may be more appropriate for kids that are a little older.