The best books for five year olds can often be the ones that just make them giggle. Don't underestimate the power of funny books, the trick at this age is to show them that reading is a fun and enjoyable everyday activity. There's no need to move on from picture books. Aside from having fabulous stories and illustrations, they are a great way to start recognising letters and sounds for the wonderful journey of learning to read. And they'll still love being read to (who doesn't?). If they're ready for slightly longer stories, there are plenty of collections of short stories or books with short chapters (chapter books) to catch their interest.