Recommended picture books to read to 6, 7 & 8 year olds

Year Level: Year 1 & 2

The PLD recommended picture book lists outline quality age appropriate titles to read children at specific ages. The lists have been created by speech pathologists with the aim of promoting the development of oral language skills. Here are points to remember when choosing a book for 6-8 year olds:

  • The themes in the stories are relatively simple.
  • Stories contain the full story structure.
  • Stories are longer.
  • Repetition is still evident in the texts.

 

Recommended picture books for 6 to 8 year old children

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