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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

Combine this book with a reading from your favorite Harry Potter book, and you’ve got a magical time ahead of you.

Got a young marine biologist or, more specifically, an ichthyologist in your house? It's time to dive right into these incredible kids books about sharks.

The book is a joy for lovers of JK Rowling’s Wizarding World, and would make an excellent gift for the Potterhead who has just about everything.

7 New Release Picture Books We have 7 new picture book suggestions for you to read your way through.

8 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond) We’ve picked 8 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of July.

If You Were Me And Lived In … Cuba, by Carole P. Roman, is a delightful representation of the vivid and unique culture in this small island country, and is sure to inspire young readers to learn more about other places in the world

A T-Rex and a Butterfly spring to life in these delightful craft books for children. Both books by KIKI LJUNG encourage imaginative play and a 3D model to build.

Readers are taken on a nature adventure as a little girl discovers round objects in all four seasons.

The Miss Bindergarten books can be used in the classroom as early as preschool and into the primary years.

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, with its engaging plot and appealing illustrations, should be every parent's go-to choice when introducing nonfiction to children.

Which five words best describe Survivor Diaries: Overboard!? Terry Lynn Johnson: Intense. Chilling. Immediate. Factual. Exciting.

A key contribution to supporting STEM education, My Amazing Body Machine introduces children to the complexity and ingenuity of their own bodies.

Here are some of our favorite books and performances that my daughter would request over and over again.

The Egg, by Britta Teckentrup, is an excellent way to show young readers that science is not necessarily incompatible with art, beauty, story, and culture.

Get to know Morris Mole from Dan Yaccarino’s Morris Mole, a heartwarming tale about finding your own courage.

Interactive as well as beautiful, An Alphabet in Bloom, by Nathalie Trovato, will help young readers build vocabulary, strengthen observational and critical thinking skills, and teach them about the natural world.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore.

Here's a lovely chance to listen in on author Kallie George and illustrator Stephanie Graegin as they discuss the delightful series Heartwood Hotel.

The best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store makes perfect sense. 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, by Bianca Schulze, is a great tool for summer reading!

A bedtime story that encourages children to explore their imaginations and see the world through the eyes of others, tops off our best selling picture book list.