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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

We pulled titles from the bookshelves, made piles, discussed, reminisced, and then voted. Here are the results:

Backpack Explorer Beach Walker and Backpack Explorer on the Nature Trail are a fascinating combination of field-guide, textbook, and activity book.

The historical fiction genre lures them in and the action keeps the kids turning-pages!

In addition to her lifelong acting career, Danica McKellar is an internationally-recognized mathematician and advocate for math education.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is the one and only Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is the fantastic Grumpy Monkey! Highly Recommended!

As companion pieces or as individual reads, these two volumes provide a great introduction to nature for young readers.

An introvert seeking acceptance from his parents discovers meaningful friendship and a solid sense of himself in New York Times bestselling author Sara Pennypacker’s middle-grade novel, Here in the Real World.

Ged Adamson's picture books include A Fox Found a Box; Douglas, You Need Glasses!; Shark Dog!; Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed); and Bird Hugs!

Captain "Bad" Breaker tells the story of a pilfering pirate with a penchant for poor choices.

The books in this series are excellent primary resources and would be worthwhile additions to not only the personal library for future scientists but for classroom libraries as well.

Koobville: Book Monsters Library Day would be a fantastic addition to any classroom and/or school library.

An excellent gift for the whale-lover in your life, A BOOK ABOUT WHALES is a treasure in the ocean of children's non-fiction books.

Aye-Aye Gets Lucky is a fun choice for animal lovers and budding conservationists.

If spreading kindness is important to you—and we hope it is—Dynomike: Pay it Forward is a winner. It’s upbeat, cheery, and full of high-fives!

A MAGIC JOURNEY TO THINGS PAST  brings together five generations through the grandmother’s memories.

Mirela Roznoveanu is a native of Romania who immigrated to the United States. Here she discusses her latest book, A Magic Journey to Things Past.

In our list of the best kids chapter books and novels of 2019—perfect for ages 6 through 14—you'll find a fantastic and colorful selection of realism, historical fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, and even a joke book!

I recommend reading the following Holocaust stories with your children. As I said above: We must not forget. We must remember. And we must not repeat!

We can't get enough of these amazing picture books! Here are 25 titles that we're willing to call the best picture books of 2019.