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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! Rally 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

If You Were Me and Lived in … the Ancient Mali Empire is yet another great addition to this delightfully illustrated edutainment series for children ages 7 and up.

LOREDANA CUNTI is a writer and producer of children’s entertainment. A mother of two, she lives in Toronto developing ideas for food, family, and fiction.

The Rat Prince, by Bridget Hodder, is our best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store this month.

The best selling picture book from our affiliate book store is acclaimed naturalist Jonathan London's Hippos are Huge!

Which five words best describe Flying Lessons and Other Stories? Ellen Oh: Best Stories in the World!

If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World is a great choice for introducing pre-k and elementary school-aged students to the country of Israel and increasing their knowledge of diverse cultures.

From a bedtime book for the youngest readers, to a classic tale of bravery and transformation, these are the picture books that we feel represent the best of January.

From the middle grade books that release during January, we’ve picked 13 that we think you're going to love.

Angie Harris helps both parents and children recognize and positively manage their ever changing emotions in Mad to Glad.

Carole P. Roman’s latest picture book compels readers to look for the silver lining, no matter how big or small the problem.

I'm the Happiest, by Anna Shuttlewood, is an excellent example of how appreciating the good qualities of others can make you feel good.

When Dad’s Away/Cuando Papá está lejos is a touching tale of a little boy who struggles to understand the reasons behind his father’s months-long absence.

Which five words best describe The Lost Gift? Kallie George: Giving, Believing, Persevering, Love, Friendship

Mercy Watson is a porcine wonder – at least, that’s what her humans call her! She’s lovable and ready for adventure and an extra helping of buttery toast.

The entertaining 101 SERIES FOR KIDS, a group of books that covers interests for all, remains as the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

For the third month in a row, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, by Bianca Schulze, is our best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store this month.

This month's best selling picture book is one of the titles we selected as a "Best New Picture Book" in November, How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo Se Dice?.

Love, hugs, and loneliness are the main themes you'll discover from our best-of-the-best picture book list that we feel represents the best of December.

Interview sponsored by Linda Greiner The Children’s Book Review | December 1, 2016 Author Showcase The Children's Book Review: Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl is the third book in the Sashi series. As each of the books are based on your personal experience of adopting Sashi and fostering Shetland Sheepdogs, was there a particular moment that inspired you to begin writing the Sashi stories? Linda Greiner: I have a web site for the foster dogs and have always posted their information, with updates as they are adopted. But I started to think about writing a BOOK after foster number fifteen or sixteen (we had thirteen during that first year). Many shelties lose their homes due to misunderstandings on the part of the original owner. People purchase a cute puppy without knowing anything about the breed’s characteristics and what to expect when the dog is an adult. Shelties are not “mini Lassies”. They are a high energy herding dog with a specific herding style (barking, spinning, even nipping at the heels to get sheep - or children - to go in the direction they want). By writing for children, my hope is to reach parents as well, building everyone’s knowledge and understanding for current and future pets. In

Sashi Adopts a Brother is a delightful story about a Shetland Sheepdog – also known as a Sheltie – and her family’s adoption of another Sheltie.