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Book Reviews and Recommendations:

Preschool to Elementary, Ages 4-8


Did you know that you could boost your preschool or elementary child’s intelligence simply by ensuring that reading books is a part of their day-to-day life?


Children's Book Reviews for ages 4 to 8

An abundance of research all points to the same thing: kids that read (or kids that are read to) daily from an early age perform better on their report cards. As children move through the phases of listening to stories, sounding out words, stringing words together to make a sentence, and then, eventually, reading a complete book, they begin to master language, improve communication skills, and their comprehension blossoms. Finding books for kids ages 4-8 is all about connecting your child with books that will peak their individual interests, while also entertaining them so much that they can’t wait to pick up another good book—keeping that healthy reading habit of reading for pleasure, going!

In this section of The Children’s Book Review’s online reading oasis, our reviews and book lists cover a wide variety of subjects: picture books to chapter books, funny books, sports books, biographies, books about dinosaurs, books about ballet, mysteries, and, well, you get the idea—just about any kind of book suitable for kids ages 4-8. Check out these reviews to get started:

Return, by Aaron Becker | Book Review

Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar, by Emily MacKenzie | Book Review

Five Family Favorites with Lauren Wolk, Author of Wolf Hollow

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Books for Ages 4-8

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These middle-grade audiobooks run the gamut from silly to serious to out of this world. In each case, strong, empathetic performances from the narrators make the characters and stories relatable to a wide range of listeners.

Each book in the EQ Explorers series is designed to educate and inspire children through beautifully illustrated, creative-yet-relatable tales. With each story, the author shares a simple and powerful principle of happiness and emotional wellness—one adventure at a time.

The EQ Explorer series could be just the set of uplifting books you’re looking for to help build self-confident, happy, and successful children who have stronger relationships at home and in the classroom.

America, meet Gizmo, the fun-loving canine candidate who is cruising the campaign trail and joining paws with his best pals to save the seas.

Gizmo 4 President is packed with summer fun, doggy pals, messages of eco-conservation and activism, and even includes a lesson in civics.

What To Do About Your Monsters is a heartfelt story about a girl who has sleep issues.

The Day We Went to Away is a formidable and informative picture book that will have readers contemplating how the waste they create impacts the world.

For our tenth installment of the “Learn to Draw on TCBR” series, director, storyteller, professor, and mama bird Kataneh Vahdani teaches us how to draw both Kat and Juju from their namesake picture book Kat and Juju.

Schulze and Hardy make a dynamic duo, pairing the best of charming prose and illustrations to excellent effect. Full of laughs, singing, and a few wiggles, DON’T WAKE THE DRAGON is a fantastic addition to a child’s library.

Designed to be read aloud and interacted with, parents will take pleasure in the playful text as much as children will enjoy gently rocking the book from side to side as they sing the dragon a lullaby.

This picture book teaches behavioral regulation for children and families in need of coping strategies in an inviting and enjoyable manner.

Chad Sell's first children's graphic novel was The Cardboard Kingdom, which he illustrated and co-wrote with a team of ten collaborators. Doodleville is his first full-length solo project.

No one is too young to learn to code! Programming and all things technology are here to stay and will be dictating our future. Here are some great picks to get your child interested!

From cakes to tarts to ice cream sandwiches, this book has every summer treat you can imagine. Paired with easy instructions and delightfully bright photography and fun tips in pop-outs, this is an excellent gift for any emerging baker.

Author-illustrator Lily Williams talks about her beautiful and meaningful work, including IF ELEPHANTS DISAPPEARED, the third book in her IF ANIMALS DISAPPEARED series.

IF ELEPHANTS DISAPPEARED is a beautifully illustrated and poignant book about elephants living in the wild and how they affect everything – and everyone – on Earth.

Think Outside the Box is exactly the picture book that you didn’t know you needed. It’s full of excellent life lessons and encouragement.

Think Outside the Box unlocks the key to applying creativity to daily life and turning any problem or worry inside out.

June is the perfect month for stories about gardening, fathers, and farmers’ markets, too! All of these titles will provide great family listening for these early days of summer.