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

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

DK

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

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

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

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

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

Letts

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 papers.

8. I Can Read With Biff, Chip & Kipper

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

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

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.

  • Practise Your Phonics with Traditional Tales - 21 Books - Collection - 9780198332558
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    Part of the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, this big, beautiful, boxed collection contains 20 fantastic stories that children will be able to enjoy reading by themselves.

    Starting with the text-free The Ugly Duckling and the Elves and Shoemaker and then moving onto Chicken Licken and Right for Me - two picture books that contain minimal text so children can tell the story in their own words - the collection gradually progresses through the reading levels with the help of some traditional stories and fairy tales.

    The familiar fairy tales make the books instantly appealing and young readers will absolutely love reading about Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Mulan and Beauty and the Beast independently. Certain to help inspire a love of reading, all the books in this collection feature stunning illustrations and familiar language that will capture a child's imagination.

    Please note that this 21-book collection contains 20 stories and a handbook for parents.
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    A great Oxford Reading Tree book to help your child learn all about spelling as they embark on their first reading journey, Oxford I Can Spell orders everyday words by sounds.

    This process will help children use synthetic phonics to become proficient readers and spellers, and the book also features vibrant illustrations of familiar characters from the Biff, Chip & Kipper series to complement the lists of words.

    Easy to use, easy to understand and a joy to read aloud with your little one, this is a book that will support them and make learning about words and sounds enjoyable.
  • AMKLK 5 years +
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    There is a new emphasis on the teaching of grammar in primary school, and a new test called the English grammar, punctuation and spelling test has been introduced for children in Year 6. But this does not mean that you need to wait until your child is in Year 6 before beginning to support them in learning the knowledge and skills they will need to become clear and effective communicators of language. My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit has been specially designed to provide fun practice and support of spelling, punctuation and grammar in line with the new National Curriculum for children aged 6 and above. The kit contains three workbooks with enjoyable activities which provide lots of spelling, punctuation and grammar practice; a set of flashcards which can be used to consolidate learning through games; a reward chart with stickers to help build your child's confidence; a leaflet with helpful hints and tips. This kit is part of Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper - the UK's best-selling home reading series, and is supported by free eBooks and advice at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. Biff, Chip & Kipper are much loved characters from the Oxford Reading Tree series, which is used in 80% of primary schools.
  • Reading with Phonics Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781783933624
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    This collection is now out of stock. However, you can now buy its follow-up 10-book collection - just search product code RWPH.

    Especially designed to develop the reading confidence of young children aged between 5 and 7 years old, this 10-book phonics collection includes famous stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Cinderella.

    With Clare Fennell's vibrant illustrations adding extra appeal, each story has entertaining, rhyming text that will complement a child's more formal learning. There is also advice for parents to follow so they can make the most of the books.

    Activities included in the books are rhyming words, letter sounds, the way letters work together and even a 'retell the story' section! The familiar stories will help children learn about phonics and inspire a love of reading.
  • AOLJG 5 years +
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    A write-in book for complete beginners, who want to write stories but don't know where to start. Starting with easy word games, the book takes the young writer through each part of story-writing. From creating characters using doodling and using picture prompts to develop description skills, the book builds up to writing whole short stories.
  • APNAB 5 years +
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    This is a beautiful treasury of poetry for older children, featuring a selection of work from classic and modern poets including Shakespeare, Byron, Ted Hughes and Wendy Cope, alongside all new original poetry by Sam Taplin. The poems cover many different themes and moods, and are chosen to show children how inspiring, powerful and magical poems can be. It is gorgeously illustrated by Kristina Swarner. It is a fantastic gift for any child to cherish.
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    Ever wondered what Biff, Chip and Kipper's real names are? Who is in the same class as Biff and Chip at school? Who is Kipper's best friend? Who likes playing with Floppy? Help your child find the answers in this great value pack! As well as the Fact File, which is an exciting guide to the world of Biff, Chip and Kipper, the pack also includes helpful tips for parents, and a fun poster with stickers for your child to complete and build confidence as they work through the pack. There are also two Level 2 phonics stories, which enable children to practise their letters and sounds just as they do at school, and two Level 2 first stories - motivating stories which help new readers practise reading everyday words and develop vocabulary. These are ideal to complement the books your child is starting to read at school. Part of Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper - the UK's most popular home reading series.
  • Letts KS1 English SATs Revision Help Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007961870
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    This unique collection 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.

    Whether your children learn best by seeing, hearing or doing (or even if a mixture of the three works well for them), these easy-to-follow books are sure to help them find the answers they need for the notoriously difficult subject of English.
    Featured in the collection are a practice workbook, a revision guide and even some practice test papers.
  • SPCH 5 years +
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    This book not only teaches children all the spelling rules but also will help them learn how to spell over 2,000 words.

    With an appealing visual style, it explains the useful spelling rules and patterns; focuses on the key word lists your children need to know; and will explain about some of the tricky words that trip all ages up.

    Providing plenty of practice and support, Spell Check is sure to make your children spelling superstars.
  • OGPS 5 years +
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    A first reference book that will help children get to grips with grammar, punctuation and spelling.

    The book gives examples of all the grammar terms required by the curriculum - and provides meanings for them. It also describes which punctuation marks children should use and the rules and tips they should follow as they learn to spell for the first time.

    With colourful, friendly bird characters providing parents and teachers with questions and tips to clarify understanding, the book also has an accessible, alphabetical dictionary of all the curriculum words that children need to know.