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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

The CLOUDLAND series, about a magical world hidden from our eyes in the clouds, is the first project Chip Hill has launched since his retirement.

Cloudland is a delightful new world ready and waiting for young readers to escape into.

The entire collection offers an enchanting world that feels both familiar and imaginary, allowing readers to immerse themselves freely in priceless life lessons.

We chatted with author and poet Raven Howell about her latest book, A Flock of Fun.

Anna Across the Arctic is a peaceful and enriching picture book that will greatly appeal to any young fan of animals, science, or non-fiction!

Yoko Tanaka has illustrated novels, including The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, and picture books, including Princessland by Emily Jenkins and Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is the 1945 Newbery Honor winner

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book featured in our list 5 Books for Teaching Your Kids About Body Safety and Consent.

Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists.

Here are 5 outstanding and award-winning audiobooks to engage your youngest listeners ages 4-6+.

The five bedtime stories featured in this list are sure to produce smiles for a myriad of different reasons that are unique to each author and illustrator's style. Peaceful smiles and laugh-induced smiles are sure to appear!

The pleasing sequencing in Penguin Sets Sail will have children readily interpreting the pictures, making connections to the story and the characters. This picture book is an excellent choice for any young storyteller or storytime listener.

Learn to change the world with these five kids' books perfect for raising young leaders!

A FLOCK OF FUN is a fun choice for a stress-free bedtime story! All readers, young and old, will surely relate to the young boy’s restless night of sleep.

National Geographic presents a gorgeous illustrated guide to the most misunderstood and beautiful creatures of the ocean – sharks!

Fiona Waters’ Sing a Song of Seasons collects together 365 of the best and most beloved nature poems of all time.

For generations, young and grown-up naturalists alike have taken enormous pleasure in observing, recording, and categorizing the infinite variety of nature. Hazel Maskell and Evelin Kasikov’s A Year in Nature and Florence Guiraud’s Wonders of Nature carry on this proud tradition.

From award-winning children's author and poet Raven Howell, comes an adorable picture book in which a young child discovers the solution for falling asleep.

Which five words best describe World So Wide? Alison McGhee: Wonder. Love. New. Gentle. Family.

Check out Lyla Lee’s fun selfie with the Mindy Kim chapter book series. Learn more about these fab new books, too.