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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

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission! These incredible books will guide readers through amazing Apollo missions, inspire them with stories of the many people that make space travel possible, and shed light on Earth's incredible moon. Prepare for takeoff

If you’re looking for a book to get your young reader’s nose into, this enjoyable and relatable chapter book will surely reassure families with school-aged children that may be preparing for a surgery.

The Blue Pebble is a beautiful and thoughtful picture book that should be viewed as a treasure. There is a magical aura to this book that can’t be explained with words.

If Polar Bears Disappeared, by Lily Williams, is a timely and well-conceived addition to the genre of climate change.

If you are looking for something unexpected and fun to add to your summer reading list, The Pesky Fly is a catchy little story that would go down well pool-side with some sliced watermelon, while snuggled upon a soft towel.

Which five words best describe Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas That Changed the World? Don Brown: Surprising, provocative, revealing, informative, and funny! 

Out Loud: June’s Venture is a helpful tale for those looking to share a well-defined anti-bullying message.

The Shop on Peculiar Hill, with its quirky language and dry humor, is reminiscent of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy is a great educational app and learning resource for children ages 2–8. Read our review.

Pirates and Spooks, Beware is Susan Weiner's collection of fifteen lively and spine-tingling poems.

Susan Choi's is an award-winning novelist. Camp Tiger is her first book for children.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is a book reviewed recently by Dr. Jen Harrison, Turn This Book into a Beehive!  by Lynn Brunelle.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store (well

John Hare is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and space nerd. Field Trip to the Moon is his first picture book for children.

Come along with author W.B. Tyler on this virtual book tour and be sure to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of If I Were Human and a set of 2 adorable plush toy dogs!

Award-winning picture book author Jackie Azúa Kramer shares 5 children's books loved by her family!

Carin Berger is an award-winning designer and illustrator. A Curios Menagerie is her newest masterpiece.

Here are some magical books to absolutely love!

come along with author Jenn Holt on this virtual book tour and be sure to enter the giveaway for a signed copy and one dozen pink golf balls and pink tees!

This book is fun, informative, and—most importantly of all—a wonderful, practical, hands-on guide to supporting these amazing creatures.