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50 Books to Read Before You're 5

June 13, 2018
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Take it from Joanna Gaines, books make perfect baby gifts! A picture book is a wonderful keepsake, while a board book can be purchased for about the cost of a greeting card, and is much more durable for tiny hands to hold (and baby teeth to chew!).

Did you know that Books-A-Million’s Kids expert has curated a list of fifty books every kid should read before they’re five? It’s got all the classics, plus some soon-to-be classics. Our list of books has been crafted to help young minds grow, and to help new parents form those early bonds with their kids. Click through the slideshows below to discover the best books for those first five years. These ideas just might help you choose the perfect book to gift at your next book-themed baby shower!

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Year One

The first year is all about together time. Touch and feel, bold, brilliant colors, and soothing bedtime stories make this collection the perfect start to baby’s library.

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Year Two

The second year of a child’s life is full of learning and exploration. These books have shapes, colors, and stories to help as verbal skills develop. Check out these great picks to read along together.

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Year Three

The third year books have characters, pictures, and rhymes that kids will want to read (and reread, and re-reread) over and over again!

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Year Four

By the fourth year, little ones will love story time as much as their parents do.

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Year Five

Rounding out our list are these great picks for big kids! As kiddos learn to read on their own, parents can still enjoy reading along with these special stories.

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