Our son turned 6 this year and these are the books that he loved.
Step Into Reading is a structured series of books by Penguin Random House for preschool and elementary school kids. Our son was able to read the Level 1 (Ready to Read) books in this series, which is meant for Preschool - Kindergarten kids. We found these books to be perfect for someone who has just learnt to read that year - which is what happens in US kindergarten.
This is a series of 4 books revolving around Murilla, an aspiring jungle detective gorilla living in an African rainforest and her crime solving adventures. The books are written by Jennifer Lloyd and illustrated by Jacqui Lee. Murilla is no Sherlock Holmes though, and as she trips and bumbles through the plots, she provides laughs all along the way. These simple crimes all happen in the Mango Market, with a familiar set of African animals who sell and buy stuff there. The plots, characters and fun are all reminiscent of the The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. It was also refreshing to read books that are not set in the US for a change.
See Me Run and See Me Dig. We loved the gorgeous full-spread illustrations that are funny and the text is perfect for kindergarten reading level.
We watched the two Paddington movies at home and they were a big hit with our son. I think the first one was really well put together and the second one was just a cash grab. Regardless, I loved this bear character and the world that author Michael Bond had created and decided to check out his original books for my son.
The very first Paddington book sets up the abandoned bear at Paddington station with the Brown family. The stories of the book are all funny and feature the fumbles of the innocent bear. The writing quality is top notch, the humor is superlative and it is easy to see why these books are so popular. Reading these stories to my son over dinner became a fun daily exercise.