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Terrific Book Series That 3 – 5 Year Old Boys Will Love

Here are our top picks for books series for 3 – 5 years old boys. As you may have figured out we are big fans of series and seek out books that are in as series so the goodness of the stories go on and on.

Getting boys started in series is a wonderful way to ensure that they will want to keep reading. Sometimes it is hard to find a book that they really like. When you do and the book is over you are faced with “now what?”  Book series solve that problem for you – well, at least until you get to the end!

We are all about finding the very best book series for boys and all of these books are great for boys 3 – 5. They are super for reading aloud and for boys who are reading on their own. Don’t miss our highly recommended selection. It is so good.

Introducing book series to boys will help them with their reading. Try this list of terrific book series for 3 - 5 year old boys - they are going to love them!

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Book Series for 3 – 5 Year Old Boys

“He was a good little monkey and always very curious.” How many times have you read that line? In the first book you learn how George was captured and get to follow along as he begins his life with The Man with the Yellow Hat. Curious George is always a winner with boys. They love that he is curious and that he is a bit of a rascal as well. Start them on this wonderful series early. There are 59 great titles to read.
Curious George Curious George Takes a Job Curious George Rides a Bike Curious George Gets a Medal Curious George Flies a Kite

When this book came out it was met with astonishment and glee. Today I Will Fly! (Elephant and Piggie series) begins this series with Piggie who is obviously a pig and Gerard who is an elephant. Piggie wants to fly. Gerard, always the more practical of the two, says that is not going to happen. These stories are funny, enjoyable and touch on friendship and emotions in a way boys will be able to relate to. There are now 24 books in the series.
Today I Will Fly!-An Elephant and Piggie Book My Friend is Sad-An Elephant and Piggie Book My Friend is Sad-An Elephant and Piggie Book I Am Invited to a Party!-An Elephant and Piggie Book I Love My New Toy!-An Elephant and Piggie Book

In order to read the original Thomas the Tank Engine (The Railway Series) stories, your best bet is to get this treasury: Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection. It has all of the Railway books starting with The Three Railway Engines, and moving on to Thomas the Tank Engine, James the Red Engine, Henry, Gordon, Toby, Edward, Percy and the rest of the gang.

Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection

In addition to the book above, we enjoyed this series about Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (Thomas and Friends series.) There are newer titles available but really, we don’t think they are as good. You won’t go wrong with these. Click the pictures to see them.
Percy's Chocolate Crunch: And Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories Thomas & Friends: James and the Red Balloon and Other The Cranky Day and other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories

If you have a boy with a BIG imagination or want to encourage imaginary play (and you totally should!) you need to get the Skippyjon Jones (Skippyjon Jones series) books. These were a bit hit with many boys. Big Hit! Skippy Jon Jones is a kitty. Hmm. But he is no ordinary kitty for he is the great El Skippito the sword fighter. Really! His adventures are crazy and his closet? Oh yes, his closet is a magical place indeed. I love the illustrations with their saturated colors. 8+ books in the series.
Skippyjon Jones Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice

If you have not given Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes (Pete the Cat series) a try yet, you should consider doing so. Bright amusing illustrations pair nicely with the upbeat story of Pete who loves his white shoes. Then he walks in blueberries and strawberries and his shoes are no longer white! Great for colors and keeping an upbeat attitude. The Pete the Cat books keep coming. 6+ books in the series.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes: A Back Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Pete the Cat Saves Christmas: Includes Sticker Sheet! A Christmas Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

I have always enjoyed Cynthia Rylant’s books (see another of her series in books series for boys 5-7) The book Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea (Mr. Putter and Tabby series) is about a rather lonely older man who needs a companion to help him enjoy his days. He seeks out and finds Tabby, a rather older cat who is the perfect match for Mr. Putter (love the name!) They enjoy life in a slow paced and simple way and that is what I love about these books and yet she makes these books amusing and very fun to read too. Later in the series we meet Mrs. Teaberry and her dog Zeke. She is a bit unconventional and they make the series all the more enjoyable. 21 books and counting.
Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea Mr. Putter & Tabby Walk the Dog Mr. Putter & Tabby Bake the Cake Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears Mr. Putter & Tabby Fly the Plane

I want you to know that I am in love with these books. When I first picked them up for my son many years ago I thought they were wonderful. The illustrations are so different and the stories, so full of imagination and wonder, were just what I was looking for.  Henry the Explorer features Henry (but you knew that, right?) and his dog Angus.  Henry and Angus are off to make their mark on the world by going exploring after a blizzard. They take their explorer kits which, of course, include flags to mark where they have been and set off. One of the things I love is that Henry reads books that lead to him having wonderful adventures. Yes, they are very different than modern books like Elephant and Piggie or Skippy Jon Jones. They are unique and delightful. Seek them out! There are only 4 books in this series; we really wish there were more. Highly Recommended!
Henry the Explorer Henry Explores the Jungle Henry the Castaway Henry Explores the Mountains

In addition to Terrific Books Series 3 – 5 Year Old Boys Will Love try these other book series for boys articles:

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Friday 18th of September 2015

I love these books! My son turns 3 the beginning December and hope we have some because he hasn't been that into books. We need some help.

Sheila Rogers

Saturday 19th of September 2015

Hi Randi, I'm so glad to hear you like the list. I hope your son finds a few books that he enjoys. If you need help with anything just let me know through this form: Contact me.

Cate H

Saturday 15th of August 2015

I love all these suggestions! My boys are 18 months and 1 month, so I will be needing this list. My oldest already loves Curious George and Thomas. :)

Sheila Rogers

Monday 17th of August 2015

Thanks Cate, it was a lovely look back to go over the books my son used to love. Curious George and Thomas were certainly tops in our house too. Enjoy!

Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

Friday 14th of August 2015

Oh I love this! Found your post on the Friday Family Fun Link Party and so glad I did! My son is only a year old but already loving books. I need to keep all these in mind as he gets older. Thanks for the great list.

Sheila Rogers

Monday 17th of August 2015

Thank you for the nice comment Chrissa. Off to check out your blog :) We have a lot of lists here and I am working on more for the younger set :)


Thursday 13th of August 2015

Oh my, so many memories. I think my boys were into all of those between the two of them. Curious George and Thomas for sure for both of them, and my youngest still likes to pick up Pete the Cat occasionally. Saving this for gift ideas for my nephew, I'm sure he'll love these too.

Sheila Rogers

Friday 14th of August 2015

Hi Alli, I know what you mean. It was a walk down memory lane for me as well. Thanks for saving the list for gift ideas - I appreciate that.


Thursday 13th of August 2015

Yay we reached the littles! And we are BIG fans of Thomas in our house :)

Sheila Rogers

Thursday 13th of August 2015

:) Clare, I went backwards for a change as I do much more for the young boys than I do for teens. Hope you found some new series to enjoy.