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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

Like Jack, Josh Funk loves telling his own stories. Come see his selfie with It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk.

Nate Ball is the Emmy Award-winning host of PBS’s Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. Here are his 5 truly awesome-sauce tips for inspiring curious young scientists

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.

We highly recommend Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump! by Carole P. Roman.

Come along with Carole P. Roman on the frightfully good Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump awareness tour.

Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate, tells a story of how family and friends can have such a great impact on your life.

I love novels that amuse, divert and make you think and genuinely feel. The five books for young people that I’ve selected all have these qualities in common.

Zombelina School Days is a delightful book that turns the zombie craze on its head, Zombelina is sure to please any kid who loves Halloween and all things spooky sweet!

Karen Banke's RiP tHe PaGe! AdVeNtUrEs In CrEAtIvE wRiTiNg (Roost Books/ Shambhala Publications, translated into Russian and soon Korean) helps to take the pressure off emerging and reluctant writers.

My Love Is with You Wherever You Go is one mother’s ode to her babies, with a nod to God and his “precious care” and “all the wonders He has given to share.”

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series for Kids, a kids book series of reference guides for book lovers of all ages and interests.

Children’s author Annie Parnell, the great-granddaughter of Betty MacDonald, is the creator of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book series. 60 years later, Parnell has joined forces with Ann M. Martin to create Missy Piggle-Wiggle.

For the month of September, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store. Also listed is the 5 books we selected from the nationwide best-selling hardcover middle grade list, as seen on The New York Times.

The Children's Book Review | September 7, 2017 Topping off the list of best selling picture books from our affiliate store is a gentle story about the importance of sharing something special with friends Share, Big Bear, Share!, by Maureen Wright and Will Hillenbrand. You'll also find our hand selected titles of the most popular picture books from the nationwide best-selling picture books listed by The New York Times. Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted is a great choice for mini activists. The list also continues to host Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit. The Children's Book Review's Best Selling Picture Book   Share, Big Bear, Share! Written by Maureen Wright Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand Publisher’s Synopsis: Big Bear’s forest friends eye his berries hungrily, but he doesn’t notice as he digs into his delicious snack. When the old oak tree says, “Share, Big Bear, share,” he thinks the tree has said, “Hair, Big Bear, hair!” One comical scene follows another as Big Bear keeps misunderstanding the old oak tree’s message until things finally get sorted out. Whimsical illustrations highlight the humor in this gentle story about the importance of sharing something special with friends. Order a Copy Now: Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes and Noble Ages 3-7

8 New Release Board Books: Everyone wants to bring out the genius in their babies and toddlers, right? The 8 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of September 2017.

17 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond): We’ve picked 17 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of September.

32 New Release Picture Books: Yes, you read that correctly. We have 32 excellent picture books to share with you this month. And there were so many more that we could have included, too!

Meg Cabot is the #1 New York Times―bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, with over 25 million copies of her books sold worldwide. Royal Crush, the third book in her middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, released this month. We asked Meg to share her top 5 favorite middle grade books

Check out Gigi Priebe’s selfie with The Long Way Home!

An Interview with Brigette Barrager about Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True. Unicorns, Rainbows, and Illustrating Picture Books!