HomeBook Reviews and Recommendations: Preschool to Elementary, Ages 4-8

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! Rally Rabbit, Book Burglar, by Emily MacKenzie | Book Review

Five Family Favorites with Lauren Wolk, Author of Wolf Hollow

If you’re a bookworm and a socialite, digitally speaking, and feel that we must know about one of your favorite books for ages 4-8, then you can send us suggestions on books for preschoolers and elementary school kids through our Twitter handle, and share your most distinguished books on Instagram or Facebook with #thechildrensbookreview.  Read on, fearless readers!

Buy recent books and ebooks for preschoolers and elementary age kids in our Book Shop powered by Amazon.

Books for Ages 4-8

This series takes the everyday and makes it magical for parent and child.

Let Rebecca Gibbon take you inside her art studio and the creative process behind The Great Spruce.

An ode to mothers everywhere, Happy Mamas begins with this thought-provoking question: “What makes a Mama happy at the dawn of day?”

Lynn Plourde is the author of more than thirty picture books including her newest for 2016: Bella’s Fall Coat. Lynn has done hundreds of author visits to schools through the years.

OH! The Things You Can See In The Dark!, by Cathleen Francisco, is well suited for young pre-readers and younger readers looking for a different point of view on the world they have begun to explore.

Exciting! 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, by Bianca Schulze, is our best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store this month.

These five family favorites selected by Beth Vrabel, author of A Blind Guide to Normal, are books that helped her family enjoy and navigate various stages of their family life.

Mamas and babies everywhere will delight in this happy romp – a perfect ode to Motherhood. Join us as we go on the Happy Mamas tour with acclaimed picture book author Kathleen Pelley.

Mike Vago is the creator of the bestselling Train: A Journey Through the Pages, The Miniature Book of Miniature Golf and The Pocket Book of Pocket Billiards.

Back to the Future meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in this original, poignant, race-against-time story about a boy who travels back to 1984 to save his father’s life.

You’ve never seen a book like this before! It’s the story of a train moving across the American landscape—but with an actual three-dimensional miniature train that loops up and down and across each spread.

We were recently honored with an interview with the incredibly talented Brendan Wenzel about his picture book They All Saw a Cat, which, we're happy to say, is the best-selling picture book from our affiliate store this month.

Kate Beasley earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Gertie’s Leap to Greatness is her first book.

If You Were Me and Lived in … Poland: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World is a solid first look suitable for elementary school children.

If You Were Me and Lived in … Viking Europe is another great addition to this edutainment series for children ages 7 and up.

With so many amazing books to be discovered and read and far too many to list in one fun book, the 101 awesome books that I have selected as the books to read before kids grow up have one collective message

There are plenty of amazing picture books from well-known authors and illustrators releasing this month. We've narrowed our list down to 18 picture books that we feel are the best of the best from October.

Join us as we go on the 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up tour with the founder of The Children's Book Review, Bianca Schulze.

Bob Shea (Dinosaur Vs. series) presents a new dynamic duo to love in Ballet Cat: the Totally Secret Secret.

Reading about change in one arena—whether it’s a move, the introduction of a stepparent, or outgrowing a favorite sweatshirt—can be useful in other experiences, too.