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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

The Door to the Moon is a sweet, illustrated bedtime story in which Taye discovers, as the title suggests, a door to the moon.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is super exciting to us! A bunch of you have pre-ordered our most anticipated picture book of 2020, Don’t Wake the Dragon.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is an outstanding cookbook for young foodies!

Fantastically bright and engaging pages draw young readers into the exciting world of dolphins in DOLPHINS!

If an introduction on the topic of equal rights and activism is on your agenda, starting with Baby Trolls Gets a Bad Rap would be a great choice!

As much of a story about the circle of life as it is a meditation on the natural world, The Big Adventures of Little O highlights how one person can change the world. “It takes one single seed to grow a forest.”

Bill Cotter is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Don’t Push the Button! series, now with over 1 million copies sold worldwide.

Your young readers are going to love these five splashtacular kids' books about bathtime. Dive right in and read away!

From meditation to yoga to eating healthy, here are five sweetly illustrated kids' books that encourage mindfulness through genuine, loving, and wise words.

The Moon Show is an entertaining picture book that introduces the moons from our solar system to young readers ages four and up.

Elvis is King is a great picture book to introduce a historical legend to readers of a new generation.

If you're looking for some real-world wisdom to share with the kids in your life, certainly try reading What I Tell Myself First.

The First Ñañarito on Earth/El Primer Ñañarito en la Tierra is sure to be a welcome addition to any library for dual-language learners.

If a story steeped in Greek folklore that demonstrates how personal growth will flourish from mutual respect and kindness appeals to you, Loukas and the Game of Chance will certainly fit the bill.

Find out what inspired Jennifer Dawson to write Danny and the Moon.

Danny and the Moon is short, sweet, and perfect for any young reader—in particular, readers who have a strong sense of curiosity and who love to giggle.

There's no doubt about it! Our most-anticipated picture book of 2020 is Don't Wake the Dragon—written by bestselling author and the founder of The Children's Book Review Bianca Schulze.

Which five words best describe You Loves Ewe? Cece Bell: Love. Silly. Homonyms. Confusion. Persnickety.

If a story that declares friendship over war, conservation, and the opportunity to discuss gun violence, is what you’re looking for, then My Friend Moose’r McDan is recommended for your next read.

Are you looking for some gift ideas for the writer, bookworm, book club friends, or the lover of literature in your life? The following are some of our personal favorite finds!