Top 7 Best Phonics Books for 5-year-olds

The wonderful stories and gorgeous illustrations in these brilliant books are guaranteed to delight children as they develop their phonics and reading skills. See below for the best phonics books for 5-year-olds.

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1. Songbirds Phonics Series

Julia Donaldson

The author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, writes in her perfectly playful and rhythmic style in these vibrant books, which feature bright illustrations and lots of fun! Little readers are sure to be engrossed as they develop their reading skills with these bite-sized stories.

2. Ladybird: Key Words Collection - 36 Books 

The 36 books in this collection are spread across 12 different reading levels and include some of the most frequently used English words to get your kids familiar with common language and spelling. Series A focuses on introducing new words, Series B provides further practise of using these words and Series C connects the words they've learned with writing and phonics. Each engaging story follows Peter and Jane on their adventures, making these books a fun and easy way of introducing your five-year-olds to phonics.

3. Usborne Phonics Readers Collection - 12 Books

These bright picture books are perfect for teaching your kids to read phonics. Each one has a fun rhyming title and every story is hugely entertaining to encourage reluctant readers to give stories a go. The books aim to help children build their reading confidence and to understand the links between sounds, spelling and pronunciation. 

4. I'm Ready to learn Collection - 20 Books

With 12 phonics readers, six sticker workbooks and two sets of flashcards, this collection is perfect for getting your kids excited about learning at home as well as in school. The phonics readers cover Ladybird Levels 1-12 and all feature engaging stories so learning to read is as enjoyable a process as possible. Plus, the collection includes maths books which will introduce the basics of mathematics to your kids as well.

5. Phonics Readers: Fairy Tale Collection - 9 Books

A great way to get your little ones familiar with phonics is to give them books with stories they already know and love. This collection of fairy tales has key sounds highlighted so reading aloud is easy. Each book also comes with a set of stickers, making them even more fun for young readers. 

6. Collins Easy learning Flashcards: Phonics

These flashcards from Collins Easy Learning feature colourful illustrations that teach children how to recognise letters and what sounds they should be pairing these up with. Supporting the early years curriculum, this set makes learning to read and understand phonics fun with plenty of games to play. 

7. At Home with Phonics

Jenny Roberts

This activity workbook is great for children aged 5-7. Each spread uses a poem to introduce a different phonic sound and features fun activities that both children and parents can get involved in, such as colouring and drawing to make learning to read and spell exciting. And, when your kids have completed their exercises you can reward them with the stickers that come with the book. 


Phonics are perfect for helping your children learn to read and spell and finding some interesting phonics story and activity books can turn them into keen readers in no time. Now you have some options to get started with so whether your children love stories or poems or learn best by completing exercises, we have a suggestion for them here.