List of Top 15 Rated Books for 6 Year Old Kids
#1 Where the Sidewalks Ends
A wonderful collection of children’s poetry by Shel Silverstein, this is considered one of the best books for 6 year olds. In 2007, the National Education Association deemed it one of the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”
Basically, the poems include a wide range of topics that go well beyond where the sidewalk ends.
From a girl who tried to eat an entire whale to entering a deserted house to someone trying to sell their little sister, this is a fun, joyous collection of great poems that’s the perfect introduction to poetry for 6 year olds.
#2 What to Do When You Worry Too Much
This guidebook written by Dr. Dawn Huebner helps children overcome their anxiety and show kids a new way of life. This is one of the best books for 6 year olds because it effectively deals with many of the fears these children have.
It addresses the core issue of anxiety and how fears control their actions.
The simple techniques taught in this book have helped many thousands of children overcome their anxieties and face new challenges.
For parents who have anxious children, this is one of the best kids’ books that can be purchased.
#3 Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing
A simple, yet profound book contains many thoughts on faith written by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Fully illustrated and presenting many powerful spiritual truths, this book taps into the insights starting with creation through history, science and the thoughts of great thinkers, writers and preachers.
The book itself is geared towards faith in God and is perfect for bedtime or story time reading and family devotionals.Containing many great passages, stories and thoughts that will lift your heart, this book for kids is perfect for the family wishing to pass of their love of God and faith to their children.
#4 A Light in the Attic
This is a collection of poems by famed American poet and children’s author Shel Silverstein. There are a number of great poems in this collection which has often been referred to as a great introduction to poetry books for kids.
There are a number of great poems here that kids can relate to starting with “What Did?” about what some objects say to other objects, “Shaking” when a girl attempts to make a milkshake by shaking a cow and “Day After Halloween” when a person tries to sell monster heads on the day after Halloween. There are 27 poems in this collection which many kids will relate to and read over and over again.
#5 The Lorax
Published in 1971, the Lorax is a creature who tries to protect nature against the corporate greed of the Once-ler.
A story told in flashbacks, the Once-ler describes how he cut down all the Truffala trees despite the warnings from the rather bossy Lorax about the dangers of what would happen.
The book itself seems rather sad, albeit with a hopeful ending that children can learn about the environment and how it must be preserved.
#6 Where Did I Come From
This story, told by author Peter Mayle and illustrated by Arthur Robins, is one that answers a question almost all children have at this age. This is one of the necessary books for 6 year olds as it is tastefully illustrated and even quite humorous at times in explaining the delicate story of how all of us come to being.
The book itself manages to strike the proper balance between providing enough information to explain to children where we come from without overloading them with concepts that they are too young to understand.
#7 Kids’ Paper Airplane Book
Written by Ken Blackburn, who once set a Guinness Book of World Records flight with a paper airplane.
Jeff Lammers, a mechanical engineer provides plenty of designs, instructions, information and fun trivia about paper airplanes that many children and even adults will enjoy.
This creative book for kids is perfect for those who love paper airplanes.
#8 The Little Engine That Could
First published in 1930 from Platt & Munk, this timeless story about the value of hard work and optimism can overcome challenges that may seem impossible. The story, along with the phrase “I Think I Can” which motivates the little train to succeed, have together crafted on the classic books for six year olds.
The story itself has many attributions, though Arnold Munk is the one who authored and published the most famous version of this story. A long train of cars must be pulled over a tall mountain and many larger train engines refuse because the task seems impossible. However, a little train engine takes on the job and succeeds by repeating the phrase “I Think I Can” while pulling the cars over the mountain.
#9 Give Up, Gecko
by Margaret Reed MacDonald is actually the retelling of an old folk tale from Uganda. When it comes to books for six year olds, this teaches one of the best lessons: the importance of determination, and not giving up just because something is difficult.
One at a time the other animals give up on their task to find water, but the determination of the gecko will inspire your child to accomplish whatever they set their mind to despite those who would say to give up.
#10 Who’s on First
by Abbott and Costello is a retelling of their classic comedy routine in childrens book format with illustrations. Sometimes the best kids’ books are the ones that parents don’t mind reading over and over again.
If you are a fan of old style comedy, this is a good opportunity to introduce your child to some good, clean humor, and get some laughs yourself.
#11 Diary of a Worm
It addresses some of the challenges of being a worm, but the main character also looks on the bright side of the situations he finds himself in.
#12 Three Hens and a Peacock
by Lester L. Laminack is another one of those popular kids’ books that teaches an important lesson. When the three hens and the peacock have a dispute, they learn to appreciate each other by spending some time in each other’s shoes.
It has some good lessons about envy, and how the grass isn’t always green on the other side. While the peacock can’t lay eggs, the hens have trouble strutting around and bringing in business. It’s a good lesson on teamwork, and how people excel at different things.
#13 The Legend of Diamond Lil: A J.J. Tully Mystery
is another favorite from Doreen Cronin and it definitely falls into the category of books for 6 year olds who love animals. There are chickens, possums, and dogs. Oh my! This is actually the sequel to the book “The Trouble With Chickens”, so if you enjoy that book, definitely check this out.
#14 One Cool Friend
by Toni Buzzeo is a whimsical tale of a child who sneaks a penguin home from an aquarium. Books for children don’t usually end up having the main lesson be for parents, but this one certainly teaches parents to be attentive to their children, or who knows what you may find them up to! Elliot manages to keep his pet penguin in his room, and antics ensue. Plus, it has a surprise twist at the end.
#15 Smarter Than Squirrels>
by Lucy Nolan is one of those humorous books for kids that doesn’t make dogs out to be the smartest animal around. It has some good laughs for both kids and parents, as a wild dog chases squirrels and avoids a cat. The names are great! The dog actually thinks her name is Down Girl because of how often she hears it.