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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 The Fort? Laura Perdew: Celebrating imagination, compromise, adventure, forts!

Ellen is stuck at home. There's no school and no friends, and Mom is working all the time. It seems terrible until she learns about the choice each day offers: GET through it or GROW through it.

A whimsical tail full of witty puns that readers will surely love, this mermaid book is perfect for ocean-obsessed kids. There’s relatable school drama, grumpy pet fish, and a spine-tingling adventure. What more could a kid ask for?

It's silly and fun, and Stick Dog and his companions are hilarious (and Stick Dog is rather witty). Readers will feel like they're in on the story, reading Stick Dog's journal.

Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small as well as series titles That’s (Not) Mine, I Am (Not) Scared, and We Are (Not) Friends.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is a title included in the list of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up!

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is so fitting for the times—it's definitely a favorite read of ours!

Karen Benke has a handwritten letter + envelope surprise subscription for kids, to get them interested in snail mail.

Just as much for the adults who will read it to their beloveds, I Dreamed You would make the ideal baby shower or Mother's Day gift.

With adorable animals, adventure, and a touch of mystery, HOME AGAIN, the final book of the Heartwood Hotel series, is as sweet and satisfying as a well-baked acorn cake.

Which five words best describe Bear and Fred: A World War II Story? Iris Argaman: Home. Friendship. Journey. Thread. Loneliness.

New York Times bestselling illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos teaches us how to draw a Yawn from The Yawns Are Coming!

Thea Stilton and the Treasure Seekers is a perfect addition to the Stilton universe!

Trees: A Rooted History is a beautiful, fascinating volume that any young botanist will surely treasure.

If a tale of love at first sight is up your alley, then A Christmas Love Story: Nicholas Nutcracker & Brittany Ballerina is bound to fill the hearts of any who read it.

These five gardening books are the perfect companions for some gentle garden exploration. All are excellent examples that highlight the many wonders the garden can hold for the young.

Any child that loves a true story is bound to enjoy this first-ever biography of Michael Bond and how the iconic Paddington Bear came to be—highly recommended.

This Way, Charlie. It’s a wonderful friendship story between a blind horse and a grumpy goat written by Caron Levis.

Australian author Stuart French compels young readers to take care of their planet in his engaging debut picture book, Remembering Mother Nature.

Which five words best describe The List of Things That Will Not Change? Rebecca Stead: Honest, Emotional, Hopeful, Human, and, ultimately, Joyful.