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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

It's here! Our list of the best picture books from 2017. These picture books have it all—brilliant literary value and an illustrative quality that will sweep you away into the world of the pages!

Which five words best describe The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch? Lara Starr: Yummy Funny Spacey Easy Fun!

Popo’s Lucky Chinese New Year, by Virginia Loh-Hagan, is the perfect book to read for Chinese New Year.

Katie Howes, author of Magnolia Muss & the Superjumptastic Launcher Deluxe, selected these five family favorite picture books.

Catherine Newman is the author of the memoirs Catastrophic Happiness (Little, Brown 2016) and Waiting for Birdy (Penguin, 2005), the middle-grade novel One Mixed-Up Night (Random House 2017) and the kids’ craft book Stitch Camp (Storey, 2017), which she co-wrote with her friend Nicole.

In an effort to fill the hearts of the children and adults in your home, as well as my own, here are ten kids books that can help instill unconditional love.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series for Kids from Walter Foster Jr., an imprint of Quarto.

Sarah’s Shadow is a poignant story about a young girl who learns to be careful when making a wish, because it might not actually be what is desired.

For the month of January, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store.

Two months in a row and topping off the list of best selling picture books from our affiliate store is Don't Blink!, an interactive picture book from talented new author Tom Booth.

6 New Release Kids & Teen Books We have 6 books to share with you this month: 1 board book, 2 picture books, 1 chapter book, and 2 young adult novels.

Together in a sturdy boxed set, these two books would make an excellent baptism or Christmas present.

Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s The Favorite, by Stacy McAnulty, makes a great addition to any child’s library – especially if they have a beloved pet. Highly recommended.

Joe Rhatigan is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults, including I Love a Book, Everyone Toots, White House Kids, and Out-of-This-World Astronomy.

Christopher Silas Neal is the illustrator of Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, both written by Kate Messner, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times.

Here’s author Tony Abbott's choice of five middle grade books that he thinks will last forever.

Here are five family favorite children's books selected by Kate Coombs, Author of Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems.

Bob Staake has authored and/or illustrated over 50 books, including Bluebird—which received three starred reviews—and The Book of Gold. And you get to take a peek inside his art studio

Best Selling Books for Kids: Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the Dragon Loves Tacos series from Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri.

Check out Matt Tavares’s selfie with Red & Lulu, a heart-tugging story combining the cheer of Christmas, the magic of New York City, and the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.