Unlock the Magical World of Reading: 6 Must-Have Children's Books for Kids Under Six

Welcome to a captivating journey into the enchanting world of children's books! If you have little ones in your life, you know the incredible joy and wonder that comes with sharing a story. Books have the magical ability to ignite imaginations, foster a love for reading, and create cherished memories.

In this blog post, we will unlock a treasure trove of captivating stories tailored specifically for kids under six years old. Whether you're a parent, guardian, grandparent, or simply looking for the perfect gift, these six must-have children's books will transport young minds to new realms of adventure, imagination, and learning. So, let's dive into the pages and unlock the doors to a world where dreams come alive and the magic of reading unfolds before our eyes!

 Maybe book

    1. Maybe - By Kobi Yamada, Illustrated by Gabriella Barouch

Written by the New York Times best-selling author, Kobi Yamada, this is a story for everything you will do and everything you can be — for who you are right now and all the magical, unbounded potential you hold inside. This book is a reminder that everyone is meant for incredible things and maybe, just maybe, you will exceed your wildest dreams. "Maybe" is an inspiring book for all ages but especially relevant for little ones about to embarking on the big journey of going to school. Pair this special book with an adorable Maybe Flying Plush Pig for the ultimate gift. 


What You Do With An Idea Book

               2. What Do You Do With an Idea - By Kobi Yamada, Illustrated by Mae Besom 

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. It's a story for anyone who's ever had an idea that seemed too big, too odd, too difficult. A keepsake book for a young kid to inspire them for years to come.

Another classic by Kobi Yamada, this book is the first book in the "What Do You Do" series. Follow it up with What Do You Do With a Chance and What Do You Do With a Problem. An inspiring collection with strong messages to help motivate and encourage children (or adults alike) to be the best they can be.


You Belong Here Book

                 3. You Belong Here - Written by M.H Clark, Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

"You Belong Here" is a captivating and timeless children's book that beautifully celebrates the essence of belonging. Written by the highly acclaimed author M.H. Clark, this heartwarming bedtime story effortlessly transports readers to a magical world. In this enchanting realm, the stars find their rightful place in the deep night sky, the moon gracefully resides among them, and the winds joyfully dance wherever they roam.

Through its gentle narrative, this cherished book serves as a poignant reminder to little ones that they are right where they belong. Perfect for young kids, new babies and adoptive families, "You Belong Here" has captured the hearts of families worldwide. 


Ruby Red Shoes Book

              4. Ruby Red Shoes - Written and illustrated by Kate Knapp

Introduce young readers to the enchanting world of Ruby Red Shoes with this super sweet first book in the series. Ruby's character shines through as she exemplifies gentleness, kindness, and a deep love for all living things - from plants and trees to animals and people.

You can join Ruby on her delightful adventures as she spreads warmth and compassion in her charming way. Discover her fondness for strawberry jam and peppermint tea, adding a touch of whimsy to her endearing personality.

Make sure you check out the next books in the series - Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris, Ruby Red Shoes goes to London and the some of her learning books, such as Ruby Red Shoes Alphabet Book and Ruby Red Shoes Counting Book. Or better yet, buy a matching Ruby Red Shoes plush doll to cuddle along while reading your book.

Craft Roach book on colourful paper streamers
             5.  Craft Roach - Written by Rachel Burke, illustrated by Daniel Gray-Barnett

A funny storybook which explores the joy of embracing your uniqueness. "Craft Roach" is a super fun children's picture book, written by the talented Rachel Burke (@imakestagram) and beautifully illustrated by Daniel Gray-Barnett. As one of our absolute favourites here at Zebra Finch, this captivating hardback rhyming picture book will captivate young readers and leave a lasting impression while being a fun and silly read.

"Craft Roach" explores the themes of standing out and fitting in, and the importance of having the courage to be your authentic self. This book celebrates individuality and empowers young readers to embrace their true colours, no matter the circumstances. The perfect addition to any child's library.

Tickle Monster book

                6. Tickle Monster - Written by Josie Bissett, Illustrated by Kevin Atteberry

Share the priceless gift of laughter with your child with this best selling children's book. This fun story features a loveable monster who has descended from Planet Tickle with a mission to spread joy and laughter to planet Earth, through the art of tickling. 

In this interactive book, parents take on the delightful role of reading aloud and becoming the tickle monster, while children gleefully giggle and squirm with sheer delight. It's a magical bonding experience that guarantees endless giggles and cherished memories. You can transform yourself into a tickle monster with a Tickle Monster glove, which is sold separately.


Unlocking the magical world of reading is a gift we can give to our children that will last a lifetime. These six must-have children's books provide a gateway to imagination, learning, and a deeper connection with the world around us. Whether it's the joy of discovering new characters, the excitement of embarking on fantastical journeys, or the lessons that leave a lasting impression, these books hold the power to shape young minds and create cherished memories. So, embrace the magic of reading and let these captivating stories transport you and your little ones to extraordinary worlds that will forever inspire, entertain, and ignite a love for books. Happy reading!

Check out our full collection of children's books online here at Zebra Finch or in store at Zebra Finch Marketown (Newcastle West) or Zebra Finch Kotara (Westfield Kotara).

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