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Top 10 Best Literacy Books for 5-year-olds

These helpful and vibrant literacy books will help young learners master everything from spelling to sentences, punctuation to pronouns, adverbs to adjectives, and lots more. See below for the best literacy books for 5-year-olds.

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1. Oxford First Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary

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Jenny Roberts

Children will be grammar gurus, punctuation pros and spelling superstars with this fantastic dictionary. It explains and gives examples of all the important grammar terms, describes which punctuation marks children should use and where, and gives advice for learning to spell. Additionally, there's an accessible dictionary full of essential words, and friendly bird characters provide parents and teachers with questions and tips to ensure understanding.

2. Spell Check

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With this colourful spelling book, kids will learn all the vital spelling rules as well as how to spell over 2,000 words. Featuring an appealing visual style, discover useful spelling tips and tricks, key word lists and tricky words that trip up spellers of all ages! With plenty of practice and support provided, kids are sure to become spelling experts with this indispensable book.

3. My First Story Writing Book

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Katie Daynes

This book is perfect for showing budding authors some great ways to plan and develop their stories. Featuring write-in pages, it takes the young writer through each part of the story-writing process. From creating characters by doodling to using picture prompts to develop description skills, the book builds up to writing entire short stories that are sure to impress family and friends.

4. Practise Your Phonics With Traditional Tales

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Discover 20 spellbinding stories in this wonderful series, which will enable children to build their confidence until they're reading all by themselves. Beginning with two text-free tales and then simple stories with minimal text, the series gradually progresses through the reading levels with the help of delightful stories and fairy tales, including Cinderella, Mulan and Beauty and the Beast.

5. I Can Spell

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Oxford Reading Tree

This fantastic book will help children learn all about spelling as they embark on their first reading journey. The book orders everyday words by sounds, a process that will help kids use synthetic phonics to become proficient readers and spellers. With plenty of vibrant illustrations of familiar characters from the Biff, Chip & Kipper series, children are sure to enjoy developing their spelling skills and feel supported as they learn.

6. The Usborne Book of Poetry for Children

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Sam Taplin

This beautiful treasury features a selection of work from classic and modern poets, including Shakespeare, Byron, Ted Hughes and Wendy Cope, alongside all-new poetry by Sam Taplin. Many different themes, moods and styles are covered, specially selected to show children how inspiring, powerful and magical poems can be. With stunning illustrations by Kristina Swarner, kids are sure to be captivated.

7. Letts KS1 English SATs Revision Help Series

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This indispensable series of revision books uses three different approaches to help children engage with the different topics of English and achieve success at Key Stage 1 level. However your child learns best - whether by seeing, hearing, doing, or a mixture of the three - these easy-to-follow books are sure to help them unravel the often difficult subject of English. The series includes a practice workbook, a revision guide and useful practice test paper.

8. I Can Read With Biff, Chip & Kipper

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Roderick Hunt

Have you ever wondered what Biff, Chip and Kipper's real names are? Or perhaps you want to know who Kipper's best friend is? Your child can discover everything about the loveable trio in this unique and useful book. It features a Fact File all about the characters' world, helpful tips for parents and a fun poster with stickers for children to complete. The pack also includes two Level 2 phonics stories so kids can practise their letters and sounds, and two Level 2 first stories, perfect for helping new readers practise reading everyday words.

9. Reading With Phonics Series

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This 10-book series includes familiar favourite tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. It features exuberant illustrations that kids will love as well as fun, rhyming text, great for helping kids perfect their phonics skills. There are also engaging activities to complete, including rhyming words, letter sounds, how letters work together and even a 'retell the story' section for extra fun! These bright books are sure to inspire a love of reading in children.

10. Read With Biff, Chip & Kipper: My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit

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Annemarie Young

With a new emphasis on grammar in primary schools - and a new grammar, punctuation and spelling test for year 6 pupils - this is an invaluable kit for younger learners to give them a head-start in this tricky area. It has been specially designed in line with the new National Curriculum and contains three workbooks, featuring enjoyable activities which provide plenty of spelling, punctuation and grammar practice; a set of flashcards, great for consolidating learning through games; a reward chart with stickers to keep kids motivated; and a leaflet with helpful hints and tips.