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Develop a passion for reading from a young age

Melissa Sullivan (Mel) from Te Awamutu Library

Recently Jean headed along to Te Awamutu public library to meet with Melissa (Mel) Sullivan and find out what books are ideal for 5 to 7 year olds.

Before diving into her book recommendations, here's what Jean learnt about Mel...

Where did you get your love of reading from?

I started reading from a young age and spent lots of time with my dad at the library each weekend.

What is your role at the library?

I'm a librarian with a real interest in working with children and young adults.

How did you become a librarian?

I've always loved reading and books, so did a Library and Information Studies Diploma that helped me get my 'dream job' here.

What do you enjoy reading?

I love reading everything but particularly suspense and thriller books, and young adult fiction.

Next time you're in the Te Awamutu library, be sure to say hi to Me - she loves talking with people about reading and books.

And... here are Mel's recommendations for 5 to 7 year olds. Thanks Mel for providing this list for our Impact community!

Recommendations for 5-7 year olds

Funny / rhyming picture books

Giles Andreae – Giraffes can’t dance

Aaron Blabey – Pig the Pug (series)

Matt Cosgrove – Macca the Alpaca (series)

Lynley Dodd – Hairy Maclary (series) 

Suzanne Lang – Grumpy Monkey (series)

Craig Smith – The Wonky Donkey (series) 

David Walliams – Little monsters

Early readers

Tedd Arnold – Fly guy (series)

Michael Bond – Paddington (series)

Joy Cowley – Wishy Washy (series) 

James Dean – Pete the Cat (series)

Erica Farber – Richard Scarry’s great big schoolhouse readers (series)

Herman Parish – Amelia Bedelia (series)

Chapter books for girls

Emily Bliss – Unicorn princesses (series)

Daisy Meadows – Rainbow magic (series)

Daisy Meadows – Magic animal friends (series)

Sue Mongredien – The secret mermaid (series)

Yvette Poshoglian – Ella and Olivia (series)

Chapter books for boys

John Himmelman – Bunjitsu Bunny (series)

H.I. Larry – Zac Power (series)

Kyle Mewburn – Dinosaur trouble (series) 

Tim Miller – Fart monster and me (series)

Mac Park – D-Bot Squad (series)

Other chapter books

Felice Arena – Sporty kids (series)

Helen Paiba – Funny stories for… (series)

Dav Pilkey – Dragon (series)

Francesca Simon – Horrid Henry (series)

Assorted authors – Pokemon (series)


Enid Blyton – The enchanted wood (series)

Joy Cowley – The Gobbledegook book  

Roald Dahl – The enormous crocodile

Julia Donaldson – The gruffalo

Margaret Mahy – Down the back of the chair  

A.A. Milne – Favourite Winnie the Pooh stories

Watty Piper – The little engine that could

Beatrix Potter – Peter Rabbit (series)

Maurice Sendak – Where the wild things are

Dr Seuss – The cat in the hat

Educational early readers (assorted authors / topics)

DK Readers

National Geographic Kids

Ladybird “Read it Yourself”

Kingfisher Readers

Katie Kool – Te Reo Maori – English “Bilingual books” (series)  


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