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Our Top Books For Kids Ages 3-7

Last Updated: September 6, 2019By Tags:

The 6th of September is Read A Book Day! In our family, we love to read. The girls especially have a great book collection and are frequently borrowing new books from the library. So to celebrate Read A Book Day we have decided to do something a bit different here at diyThought and share our top books for kids ages 3-7.

It can be overwhelming when choosing a new kids book. There are just SO many great ones out there! These kids books are our family favorites so it isn’t your typical ‘top seller’ book list. They are the books that our girls ask to be read over and over again. Aimed at kids between the stages of board books and chapter books, approximately ages 3 to 7 although both older and younger children may also love these books.

Reading, of course, isn’t just for kids! Both my husband and I also read most days. My reading is mostly on my Kobo. Honestly, my Kobo has been one of the best gifts I have ever been given! When my husband first suggested an e-reader for my birthday I was hesitant, it is hard to beat the feel and smell of a real book. Well, I am sold, it is super convenient for taking places, lightweight and can hold multiple books. For anyone thinking about getting a Kobo, Kindle or similar this is something I would recommend especially if you like to read on the go.

What is your favorite child’s picture book? We would love to know so please pop a comment down below.

Our Top Books For Kids Ages 3-7

Funny Books

Laugh out loud with the following funny books.

1. The Cat Wants Custard

The Cat Wants Custard, by P. Crumble. A hilarious book following the antics of Kevin the cat and his mission to get custard. We also have the books, The Cat Wants Kittens and The Cat Wants Cuddles so it is safe to say our family loves Kevin the cat!

2. Baa Baa Smart Sheep

Baa Baa Smart Sheep, by Mark and Rowan Sommerset. There is something about poop that always guarantees a giggle. Little Baa Baa is bored. So when Quirky Turkey comes along, the opportunity to make mischief is too good to resist.

Pig The Pug

Pig The Pug, by Aaron Blabey. Pig is a greedy and selfish Pug. He has all the bouncy balls, bones, and chew toys a dog could ever want yet he refuses to share with his poor friend, Trevor. Little does he know, however, that being greedy has its consequences. Our girls find all of the Pig The Pug books totally hilarious.

Positive Message

Great books that contain a powerful positive message.

Thelma The Unicorn

Thelma The Unicorn, by Aaron Blabey. A joyful book about learning to love who you are. Thelma dreams of being a glamorous unicorn. Then in a rare pink and glitter-filled moment of fate, Thelma’s wish comes true. Thelma realizes that she was happier as her ordinary, sparkle-free self. So she ditches her horn, scrubs off her sparkles, and returns home, where her best friend is waiting for her with a hug. 

All The World

All The World, by Liz Garton Scanlon. Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky. The illustrations in this book are stunning.

The Lorax

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. The Lorax is a fantastic book which highlights the importance of protecting our environment. A longer book which is great for slightly older children.

A Monster Wrote Me A Letter

A Monster Wrote Me A Letter, by Nick Bland. A fun-filled monster rhyming story. When a little boy receives a letter, stating that a monster is coming to visit, he does all he can to prepare. This book reminds us that appearances can be deceiving and that sometimes friendship can be found in the most surprising places. 

Bike On Bear!

Bike On Bear! by Cynthea Liu. Bear can do almost anything. His one-paw pawstand is perfection. He can solve the trickiest of equations. He can even out-build a brigade of beavers. But the one thing Bear can’t do? Ride a bike. This is a great story about never giving up.

When The Dragons Came

When The Dragons Came, by Naomi Kefford and Lynne Moore. When dragons turn up to the peaceful Poppledown Town trouble breaks out. This book teaches us not to judge others before getting to know them and to give others a chance. A fun rhyming book with lovely illustrations.

Books With Bonus CD

These books all come with great bonus CDs. Be sure to check before you purchase as you can also buy these titles without the CD.


Superworm, by Julia Donaldson. Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong.
Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM! A charming story about Superworm who is always helping his friends. The favor is returned when his friends work together to save Superworm from the evil crow.


Stink-O-Saurus, by Deano Yipadee and Paul Beavis. Stan the dinosaur saves the day using his roar that comes from his behind! A hilarious book that will become a favorite for all dinosaur-loving kids.

The Wonky Donkey

The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith. An award-winning song and book about a wonky donkey that will have the kids laughing out loud.

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andrede and Guy Parker-Rees. A feel-good story about being yourself and finding your own tune. This is a great book with a positive message, easy to read rhyme and stunning illustrations.

Educational Books

These books teach children about different aspects of the world around in a fun way.

Could An Octopus Climb A Skyscraper

Could An Octopus Climb A Skyscraper, by Camilla De La Bedoyere. A fun way to learn basic facts about octopuses. By imagining animals in everyday scenarios readers can learn about their size, diet and other features. A humorous and informative book with fun illustrations.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.  The story of one of the metamorphosis of the butterfly. This classic book is a must for any book collection. With its die-cut pages and finger-sized holes, this is a delightful book that kids love to explore.

Jazzy In The Jungle

Jazzy In The Jungle, by Lucy Cousins. Children help Mamma JoJo to find baby Jazzy in the jungle. Jazzy the lemur and Mama JoJo love to play hide-and-seek in the jungle. A fun and colorful way to learn the names of jungle animals for our younger readers.

Rhyming Books

Get reading with these other great rhyming kids books.

Do Like A Duck Does

Do Like A Duck Does, by Judy Hindley. A rhyming story about a sneaky fox who tries to trick Mama Duck. This is a fun to read book that the whole family will want to read over and over again.

The Big Animal Mix-Up

The Big Animal Mix-Up, by Gareth Edwards. Little Bear’s dad tries to teach him all the animals he ought to know, but the problem is they are a little mixed up. Children love guessing what the animal is before the flap is turned and it is revealed. A very cute book which ends with Little Bear going to bed.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen. An award-winning classic story about a family who goes on a bear hunt. This is the one story that the kids recite frequently when out walking. A fun story with lots of excitement that is fun to act out.

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