100 Kids Books Under $5

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Enjoy reading books with your kids while saving money! Books can be expensive, especially if you're on a mission to read 1000. Here, we listed ten books from our ten categories that you and your little one can enjoy even on a budget, as each book is around five dollars or less depending on Amazon market pricing.

infants & toddlers (0 - 2 years)

Animal Kingdom

Baby Touch and Feel: Animals by DK Publishing

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton

Celebrating Diversity

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

Hello, World! by Disney Book Group

The Family Book by Todd Parr

Guaranteed Giggles

But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton

The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

Imaginary Worlds

Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg

The Goodnight Train by June Sobel

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Walt Disney's Peter Pan by RH Disney

Interactive Fun

All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden

Life's Lessons

A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

Let's Go Outside

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

Baby Beluga by Raffi

I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom

Social & Emotional Learning

Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman

Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell

I Am a Big Brother by Caroline Jayne Church

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell


1 is One by Tasha Tudor

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton

Space Walk by Salina Yoon

The Arts

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig

Spots and Dots by Chez Picthall

preschool (3 - 4 years old)

Animal Kingdom

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Celebrating Diversity

Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis

Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

Guaranteed Giggles

Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Silly Milly Wendy by Cheyette Lewison

There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen

Imaginary Worlds

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Interactive Fun

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler

Life's Lessons

Froggy Goes to School by Jonathon London

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Pezzettino by Leo Lionni

Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Annie Kubler

Let's Go Outside

It's Spring! by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko

Forest Bright, Forest Night by Jennifer Ward

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Let It Shine by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Social & Emotional Learning

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker

The Very Best Daddy of All by Marion Dane Bauer

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes


Germs Make Me Sick! by Melvin Berger

My First Counting Book by Lilian Moore

Robots, Robots Everywhere! by Sue Fliess

The Arts

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington

Piggy Paints by Jim Benton

The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown

early school (5 - 6 years old)

Animal Kingdom

Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins

Celebrating Diversity

The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora

The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

Guaranteed Giggles

Dragon's Fat Cat by Dav Pilkey

Ivy & Bean by Anna Barrows

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater

Imaginary Worlds

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Interactive Fun

I Spy Animals by Jean Marzollo

In the Tall Tall Grass by Harcourt School Publishers

Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

Life's Lessons

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

The Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Let's Go Outside

Poppleton in the Spring by Cynthia Rylant

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

The Storm by Cynthia Rylant

Social & Emotional Learning

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming

When Andy Met Sandy by Tomie DePaola and Jim Lewis


If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

It Could Still Be a Flower by Allan Fowler

On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl

Why Should I Recycle? by Jen Green

The Arts

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

M is for Melody: A Music Alphabet by Kathy-jo Wargin

When a Line Bends…A Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene

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