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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

Whether your kids have a fascination with ocean animals or coral reefs or simply the salty water, these books are sure to enthrall all and inspire promising marine biologists and environmentalists.

As the title touts, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids is filled with over 800 family-friendly jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, fun facts, and more.

The Best Family Friendly Podcasts for Kids: One way to keep readers interested and boost various aspects of literacy is by listening to podcasts.

Kobi Yamada is a New York Times best-selling author and the creator of many inspiring gift books as well as the president of Compendium, a company of amazing people doing amazing things.

OwlCrate Jr. is a monthly book box subscription for kids ages 8 through 12 that certainly creates excitement around reading.

In The Upside-Down Gardener, spunky Dory Oslo discovers the benefits and virtues that come from growing a garden.

Through rich language, repetitive refrains, and shrewd storytelling, Dan Seif’s picture book, We’re Going on an Adventure, captures the imagination of two resourceful heroes.

Lindsay Lackey has trained as an opera singer, worked in children’s and teen services at a public library, and worked for a major publishing house in publicity and marketing. All the Impossible Things is her debut novel.

Here are 10 glorious books that celebrate grandparents and their grandkids, too!

As an adult, I still love books featuring sneaky spies, clever detectives, and intriguing mysteries. Here are a few great books to jumpstart a lifelong love of this genre.

Alane Adams is an author, professor, and literacy advocate. Here we discuss her latest book series Witches of Orkney.

Best read in succession of book one, The Rubicus Prophecy: Witches of Orkney: Book Two is a fast read that will likely appeal to fans of Harry Potter or the Septimus Heap series.

Enter for a chance to win the Captain No Beard picture book series prize pack—includes a LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster set and a $25 Target gift card.

What Five Words Best Describe El Perro con Sombrero meets Los Gatos con Gelatos? Derek Taylor Kent: Action-packed, hilarious, bilingual, heartwarming, and educational.

Get to know Filigree from Dorothy Hearst and Pam Berkman’s Filigree's Midnight Ride, a middle grade novel inspired by important events and told through the eyes, ears, and noses of dogs.

In a picture book format, Little Monstrie’s Big Adventures is filled with short-story-like chapters that are all linked by an important message to always be yourself.

Children’s books that have an entrepreneurial theme and can inspire your kids to start their first businesses.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is the very charming The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin.