My 5 year old son like to be read to. I have been reading to him before he goes to bed for about 3 years or so now. About a year ago I decided to try to start reading him “The Hobbit”. I didn’t think that he would be able to stay focused on it, and I had some doubts about finishing it. His attention span is pretty short. So, I found a copy of the book that is large, and has illustrations, some pretty cool artwork.
We finished The Hobbit in a few months, and so I decided to start reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy to him. We are about halfway through The Fellowship of the Ring, which is the first book in the trilogy. I read all of these books when I was in high school and I forgot how good they are.
The interesting thing about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is that JRR Tolkein wrote them to read to his children. So, if you need a good book to read to your kids, start with The Hobbit.