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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

Which five words best describe Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl? Susan Lubner:  Hope, Signs, Family, Friendship, Cats

From author Erik DeLeo, The Squirrel Squire and the Tournament of Oaksis the first book in the A Fantastic Tails Adventure series for kids ages 8 and up.

Gregory Funaro's newest book, WATCH HOLLOW, from HarperCollins in February 2019 is out now.

In our fifth installment of the “Learn to Draw on TCBR” series, Jeff Mack teaches us how to draw his duck from Duck on a Disco Ball (Two Lions, 2018).

Emma Wunsch, author of Miranda and Maude: The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess – the premier book of the series, combined her daughter’s “love for all things princess” with a silly, impromptu story to create the characters.

A funny chapter book, inspiring non-fiction, a wordless graphic novel, a diverse selection of characters, magical realism, historical fiction, a bunch of middle grade debuts, and a little fantasy are what you will find in this list of 33 brilliant books for kids ages 6 through 14.

Trudy Ludwig's new book, Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! helps young readers to understand the power of listening—not only with their ears, but also their heart.

Here are 19 of our favorite non-fiction picture books from 2018—and be sure to check out our list of the best fiction picture books from 2018.

With so many amazing picture books to choose from, this was a hard list to put together. Here are 24 of our faves that we think you'll love just as much as we do!

This list represents some of our favorite board books—the board books we feel represented the best of 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

Which five words best describe Giraffe Problems? Jory John: A tale of two necks.

Filled with wisdom, knowledge, and courage—just like the Chickasaw elders—readers ages 6 and up are sure to be fascinated by this educational picture book.

Review sponsored by Michaela R Johnson The Children’s Book Review | December 20, 2018 Vegetable Souffle Written by Michaela R Johnson, with Barbara A Johnson and Tucker D Johnson Age Range: 5+ Hardcover: 36 pages Publisher: Mj Innovations (December 1, 2018) ISBN: 978-0578415833 What to expect: Cooking, Healthy Eating, Morals If you just ask around, you’ll surely find someone who has attempted to hide their vegetables instead of eating them. In this picture book, Jake has ten green peas on his plate. When his mother leaves the table to answer the telephone, Jake stuffs his peas into the pocket of his pants. Upon returning to the table, his mother rewards him for eating up his veggies with the opportunity to make a nice dessert over the weekend—eat your vegetables and you may have dessert is certainly a relatable account. After dinner, Jake feeds the peas to his backyard chickens. The next night, when his mother leaves the table to get some more gravy, Jake hides his carrots in the front pocket of his baggy sweatshirt—and so it goes with the broccoli the following night. His proud mother decides that they will make a decadent chocolate soufflé over the weekend. When the time arrives, Jake is sent to the chicken coup to retrieve some eggs,

In our fourth installment of the “Learn to Draw on TCBR” series, Jared Chapman teaches us how to draw a T.Rex from T.Rex Time Machine (Chronicle Books, 2018). Dinos, giggles, and time travel

Margarita Kukhtina is the illustrator of the delightfully entertaining picture book Holiday Season Look and Find. We stole her away from making art to talk Christmas spirit, illustrating, and inspiration

Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs, co-authors of The Darkdeep, selected these six family favorite books.

Today we’re joined by Alabasel Frond, guildmistress of the infamous Adventurers Guild. Frond has brought along her two newest apprentices, Zed and Brock, as part of their ongoing education.

Yuval Zommer has written and illustrated several children’s books, including The Big Book of Bugs, The Big Book of Beasts, and The Big Book of the Blue.

Melissa Sarno, author of Just Under the Clouds, selected these ‘5 Books that Inspired Melissa Sarno to Write Middle Grade.’

Camille Andros, up and coming author of the new book The Dress and the Girl, brings all her experience – both as a professional and mother, to her work.