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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

Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave, by Jessica Hische, is a beautiful and thoughtful book that will reward multiple readings, as parents and children alike examine the intricate resonances of words.

Which five words best describe Poe Won’t Go? Kelly DiPucchio: Preposterous, pink, powerful, playful and pachydermish.

Inspired by the beautiful All is Assuredly Well, co-authored by Professor Gore and Maestro Wilson, here is a list of picture books that feature LGBTQI families.

With a book cover and illustrations as pretty as a sunlit, stained glass window, All is Assuredly Well is the quietly impactful story of King Phillip the Good and his elegant husband.

This month the most popular kids book series sold was The Berenstain Bears.

Big Bad Bunty’s Boat Trip From Brazil will appeal to young readers, ages 6-10, that enjoy poetry, learning about new cultures, making friends and finding adventures.

Last month we were honored to interview the award-winning creators M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin about how the two came to be paired on the unconventionally funny collaboration of The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge. This month, the book tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

Co-authors Carole P. Roman and J. Robin Albertson Wren discuss Mindfulness for Kids:30 Fun Activities to Stay Calm, Happy, and In Control. Their new book introduces the valuable concept of mindfulness with ease.

Get to know Kathleen Curie Gordon (everyone calls her Katy) from Ellen Klages' Out of Left Field. Selected as a 'best new book of 2018' by TCBR.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be, written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin, is this month's best selling picture book from our affiliate store.

The Dress and the Girl, by Camille Andros, is the touching story of a young Greek girl who finds a new life in America only to be separated from her favorite dress made by her mother.

A sweet and often hilarious book for kids getting a new baby brother or sister, READY, SET…BABY! prepares everyone for the big responsibilities, fun (and annoyances!) that are coming their way.

Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal, is an excellent foray into the fraught terrain of identity— complex ground for anyone—and boys and girls would do well to read it.

Teachers and students alike are excited to start a new school year!  Below are some new school-themed children’s books that would make for great additions to any classroom library!

Body safety is a topic that, as parents and educators, we know we need to teach our kids about. Checkout the following body safety books and start the conversation now.

Get to know Milla from Erin Soderberg’s Daring Dreamers Club: Milla Takes Charge—touching on everyday dramas and the ups and downs of friendship, this series will enchant all readers who are princesses at heart.

Finding a book that appeals to multiple ages can be a challenge. Here are a few books that are a hit with everyone at bedtime.

Ever wanted to move things without touching them like a Jedi can? Or grow your own kyber crystal? Or maybe explode a balloon with a beam of energy, just like the Death Star? Now you can!

Which five words best describe Teach Your Child Meditation: 70 Fun & Easy Ways to Help Kids De-Stress and Chill Out Lisa Roberts: Playful, Educational, Engaging, Resourceful, and Essential

MAXIMILLIAN VILLAINOUS is my debut book picture book illustrated by the amazing Lesley Breen Withrow who made Max and his family into adorably villainous characters.