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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

Otis the Owl combines beautiful close-up photography with a simple, engaging narrative style, creating a book that is both educational and interactive.

All children should read Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! so they can learn its valuable lesson: if you don't worry about what others think and if you do everything in life with all your heart, then you will experience pure happiness.

Jonathan London's Pup the Sea Otter is a beautiful book, combining natural history education with literacy support and empathy development.

Our most popular kids series sold was the witty Mrs. Noodlekugel series for beginner readers, written by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Adam Stower.

Which five words best describe Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code? Laurie Wallmark: Curious, unique, persistent, intelligent, and stubborn.

Author Loretta Neff's Sip Tea with Mad Hatter at KAMP.™ provides kids with an enjoyable approach to manners and etiquette.

It’s Just So . . . Little stars Lizzy, the effervescent young girl readers met in the first picture book in this fun series for new readers.

Here are the five books that have inspired Victoria Kann's family and influenced them creatively.

Discover why Will Hillenbrand makes art, what inspires him, and the art medium he used to create his newest published book Share, Big Bear, Share!

Just in time for summer, Jabari, his dad, and Cornwall are ready to splash their way into readers’ hearts—and our notion of how a family looks and acts.

For young readers who feel the pressure of school and life weighing on them, this story will provide a realistic perspective and a lovely reminder of how to take a step back and breathe.

Our best selling middle grade book is currently Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag, by Carole P. Roman.

Just in time for graduation season, the best selling picture book from our affiliate book store is The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin.

We’ve picked 14 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of May.

We have 20 new picture book suggestions for you to read your way through.

Introduce the youngest readers to the natural world, a literary masterpiece, a daddy-daughter treat, and colorful and captivating early concept board books.

If you thought that Dragons Love Tacos was as satisfyingly ludicrous as we did, then you and your fellow dragon/taco lovers are going to devour Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel with relish (or guacamole and mild salsa).

Here are five classic books Ruth Behar read and reread with her son, while her thoughts sometimes wandered . . .

f you're looking for a fast and fun tale that promotes teamwork, Mighty, Mighty Construction Site is a winner!

10 Books of Poetry and Rhyme: This collection of books is filled with bright and gorgeous poems, verses, and rhymes ready to sweep up readers and inspire their imaginations to soar.