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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

PUT MEETS PIG is absolutely enchanting. The two would-be friends are more alike than Pug wants to admit.

Review sponsored by Jeff Minich The Children’s Book Review | March 27, 2017 If I Could Climb Trees Written by Jeff Minich Illustrated by Renan Garcia Hardcover: 34 pages Age Range: 3-6 Publisher: Nuggies Inc. (2017) ISBN-13: 978-0996811576 What to expect: Dogs, different perspectives, empathy If I Could Climb Trees is a delightful story about a dog that wonders what it would be like if she were able to climb trees and experience the world as a different creature. The story opens with the dog thinking about what she could see if she was up higher in a tree and could be like a bird, a caterpillar, a ladybug, an ant or a squirrel. She thinks about what she would eat, how she’d move around in the tree and how she’d sleep. “If I could climb trees, I could see what the birds see…” As the story changes to the dog thinking about sleep, she then begins to imagine how other animals would dream about living life as a dog, and what they would do in her world. She thinks about how they would interpret her life indoors, with her furniture and her house and her food. And then she envisions what they would do if they had dog paws or a nose like her. “The bird

One of the best nursery rhyme books to come out in recent years, MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM is an excellent addition to any library, at home or at school.

My Little Pony: The Dragons on Dazzle Island is an exciting adventure for girls and boys featuring famous friends.

Featuring an adorable cast of characters and vibrant, playful art by Ben Clanton, We Are the Dinosaurs transports readers back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Recognized as “the queen of children’s music” (People magazine), Laurie Berkner is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, author, and founder of Two Tomatoes Records, LLC.

In Dear Dragon, by Josh Funk, George and Blaise show us that we are all more alike than not!

In a courageous debut novel, Holly M. McGhee explores the loss that shakes one girl’s world — and the unexpected consequences of the things we do for love.

This hilarious book will make kids and parents giggle.

Every night my husband and I read three books with our son, here are the five that we read most often

In Mapping My Day, the narrator, Flora, takes us through her day, drawing a map or diagram for everything that happens.

This is a book list that helps both boys and girls know that we can all be heroes!

We recommend that readers dive right into this oceanic picture book.

Two delightful new books from the author who brought us PENGUIN ON VACATION and BEAR’S BIG DAY.

Jonathan London is the author of more than one hundred children’s books, including the bestselling Froggy series, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

All students, aspiring writers, and writers needing a creativity boost should check out our best selling book from this month: Rip the Page!

The best selling picture book from our affiliate book store is Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures, a Best New Picture Book in February 2017.

Tom Lichtenheld is the illustrator of #1 New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train, created with Sherri Duskey Rinker.

Bunny Slopes, by Claudia Rueda, is the perfect story to introduce your little one to the snowy sport of skiing.

18 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond) Talk about March Madness! There are so many amazing books releasing this month.