Top 10 Best Classic Books for 5-year-olds

Featuring timeless tales like The Wind in the Willows and beloved characters like Winnie-the-Pooh, these wonderful classic books for 5-year-olds are guaranteed to enchant little readers.

1. A Bear Called Paddington

Michael Bond

When Mr and Mrs Brown stumble across a small, polite bear in Paddington Station, they are startled to find a curious label around his neck, which reads: 'Please look after this bear. Thank you.' This begins a series of hilarious stories featuring the adorable bear and his marvellous adventures! This funny, endearing classic has delighted children for generations.

2. Peter Pan

J. M. Barrie

This timeless tale features the fantastical adventures of the mischievous Lost Boys, the intrepid Darling children, the courageous Peter Pan who will never grow up, and, of course, the wicked Captain Hook! Be whisked away to Neverland with this wondrous story.

3. The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss

The vibrant stories of Dr. Seuss have entertained children for generations, and with good reason: they're bright, fun and completely crazy! Featuring all the best-loved stories such as The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham, your kids will adore these quirky stories and lively illustrations, which are sure to inspire a lifelong love of reading.

4. Winnie-the-Pooh

A. A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the most recognisable and adorable characters in children's literature, and you and your little one can join him and all his friends in his enchanting adventures. Starring best-loved characters such as Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin, children are guaranteed to be enthralled by these classic tales.

5. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Kids can immerse themselves in a dreamlike world with this exciting and magical book. Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and topple into a world where all your normal worries disappear, and you must instead contend with the grinning Cheshire Cat, the nonsensical Mad Hatter and the cruel Queen of Hearts. Full of wonderful wordplay and perplexing puzzles, children will love this riveting read.

6. The Sheep-Pig

Dick King-Smith

Farmer Hogget wins Babe the pig in a guess-the-weight-of-the-pig competition. With the assistance of kindly sheepdog Fly, the little piglet seems to settle in well to life on the farm - but also harbours a rather strange ambition for a pig... Kids will be laughing, smiling and gasping at this thrilling classic story.

7. The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

This unforgettable tale stars Mole, who pokes his nose out of his burrow and discovers that the world is a very exciting place. He comes to meet brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the pesky Mr. Toad, and they all set off on a thrilling adventure together. Charming and engaging, children will adore this delightful story.

8. Noddy Goes to Toyland

Enid Blyton

Introduce your children to the charismatic little character of Noddy, who was originally created by the much-loved author, Enid Blyton. In the first book of the Noddy series, Noddy runs away from the wood carver and tries to endear himself to the residents of Toyland. Will they believe that Noddy is indeed a toy and welcome the little wooden man into their strictly toy-only village?

9. The Worst Witch

Jill Murphy

Generations of young readers have been left spellbound by the magical mishaps of Mildred Hubble! Despite being one of the clumsiest children around, she joins Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches - but constantly gets her spells wrong and crashes her broomstick. It only gets worse when she makes an enemy of Ethel, the snobby and vindictive teacher's pet. Hilarious, hectic, and easily readable, this first book in the sensational Worst Witch series is a must-read for any young reader.

10. Thomas the Tank Engine

The Reverend W. Awdry

If your child loves trains, these are the stories for them! Featuring the beloved little locomotive, Thomas the Tank Engine, and all his terrific train friends - including Gordon, Henry, Edward, Percy and Toby - children will love these exciting railway adventures.

  • CPD2 4 years +
    Michael Bond
    4 years +
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    In Michael Bond's A Bear Called Paddington, Mr and Mrs Brown stumble across a small, polite bear in Paddington Station with a label around his neck which reads, "Please look after this bear. Thank you." It's the start of lots of hilarious stories in which Paddington Bear encounters all kinds of adventures, leaving his inimitable sticky imprint wherever he goes. The ultimate in funny and endearing classic chapter books to read with children aged five and older!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    JM Barrie
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    Don't miss this timeless classic! JM Barrie's Peter Pan has charmed generations of children and their parents and the adventures of the mischievous Lost Boys, adventurous Darling children and courageous Peter Pan are sure to enchant generations more! Perfect for reading aloud.
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    AA Milne
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    Journey to Hundred Acre Wood with this quality reprint of A.A. Milne's classic stories that have been pored over for generations. Featuring the wonderful original colour illustrations from E.H. Shepard, this enjoyable collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories is a must-have for every child's - and grown-up's - bookshelf.

    Beautifully presented, this charming book includes the timeless adventures of Pooh Bear and his much-loved friends, and this collectable edition of tales sees the Bear for All Ages get into a tight place, nearly catch a Woozle, and discover the wrong sort of honey - amongst many other things!

    A gift that is sure to be cherished by any young reader.
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    Kenneth Grahame
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    This timeless story opens with Mole leaving his spring-cleaning and going above ground to explore the world beyond his burrow. Making friends with Ratty, the two become inseparable and together they spend long summer days enjoying the delights of the river and its banks. Then they meet the impetuous Toad and the distinguished though slightly stern Mr Badger and find themselves caught up in a series of adventures to rescue Toad from his own reckless behaviour and return him safely to Toad Hall. Stolen cars, prison sentences, daring escapes, and dastardly villains all feature in this classic tale of high-adventure and rock-solid friendship. The Wind in the Willows is a story full of beautifully-drawn characters. It is cherished from one generation to the next and so makes a perfect choice for a gift book as it will be enjoyed in equal measure by those tucked up in bed hearing the story for the first time and those who remember many of its lines fondly as they read the story aloud for their young listeners. Now available with a set of 32 beautifully illustrated character cards, perfect for playing family-favourite games such as snap or pairs.
  • The Wonderful World of Dr Seuss Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9780007823505 - Dr. Seuss
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    The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who... Dr. Seuss' creations are timeless and here you can read all of the stories starring this zany cast of characters for one unbelievable Book People price.

    With books full of crazy rhymes and weird and wonderful characters , this collection even contains some Dr. Seuss books you may not be familiar with just yet - making it all the more fun to read!

    Wild, wacky and energetic, you'll love reading these books almost as much as your children will enjoy listening to you read them. With 20 little hardbacks displayed in a box, this collection will inspire a lifelong love of quirky reads in your children.

    Please note each book size is 160 x 115mm
  • Thomas Classic 70th Anniversary Collection - 26 Books - Collection - 9780603571626 - Rev W. Awdry
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    Ever since 1945, Thomas the Tank Engine and friends have been delighting and entertaining children with their incredible adventures. This 26-book collection brings together The Rev W. Awdry's classic, original stories in one big, beautiful box.

    A beautiful keepsake for children to proudly display on their bookshelves, the colourful books are all presented in hardback and will introduce readers aged 3 and over to the likes of Thomas, Gordon, Henry, James and Edward.

    Timeless tales that will be enjoyed as much by parents and grandparents as they will the children they're being read to, this is an amazing gift to celebrate over 70 years of the Railway series.

    Individual book dimensions: 102 x 139mm
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    Lewis Carroll
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    Children will want to make a very important date with this mini edition of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass.

    One of the most famous stories of all time, the text is fully unabridged while the characters and scenes have been reimagine in 25 beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Martina Peluso.
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    Dick King-Smith
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    Dick King-Smith's story of the little orphaned piglet who longs to become a sheep-dog will charm and entrance young readers aged 5 and over.

    Farmer Hogget wins Babe in a guess-the-weight-of-the-pig competition. With the help of kindly sheep-dog Fly, the young piglet settles in to life on the farm but he also harbours a strange ambition for a pig...

    Lots of laughs and plenty of suspense make this a touching story to share with young readers. Fans of The Sheep-Pig will also enjoy reading Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.
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    Enid Blyton
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    Meet Noddy the little wooden boy who comes to life in Enid Blyton's most enduringly popular creation. What better way to celebrate best-loved author Enid Blyton's birthday on 11 August than with a gorgeous new edition of the first classic Noddy storybook? Noddy Goes to Toyland tells of Noddy's first encounter with Big-Ears and his move to Toy Town. First published in 1949, this edition contains the original text by Enid Blyton and illustrations by Hamsen van der Beek.
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    Jill Murphy
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    The Worst Witch managed to keep entire generations of young readers spellbound and now your child can read where it all began with this book, the first in the series.

    Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, the book tells the story of how Mildred Hubble became a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, despite being one of the most clumsy children around - constantly getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick... Things get even worse when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her worst enemy. Funny, chaotic and easily readable, this is a great first chapter book for young readers!