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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

Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Verdick share three each of their family favorite kids books!

Discover Alma and How She Got Her Name! The winner of a 2018 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, Juana Martinez-Neal is still writing the story of her life.

In Davy’s Pirate Ship Adventure, young readers and their grown ups will love joining Davy on his pirate ship adventure, especially if rhyming books are typically a favorite.

Victor will delight young readers that enjoy stories about horses, moving to a new home, and figuring out how to pursue a goal. Older readers will appreciate reading about how a strong girl and the love of a horse can be an inspiration.

With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.

Matthew Landis, Author of The Not-So-Boring Letters of Private Nobody, shares 5 of his favorite middle grade books

A Chat with Borlen, aka Grump, From Liesl Shurtliff's Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves—meet a grumpy dwarf who gets tangled up in Snow White's feud with the wicked queen.

Kaley McKean is an illustrator based in Toronto. Howl Like a Wolf was her first book. It takes an imaginative approach to learning that fosters curiosity, empathy, and dramatic play.

In this latest addition to the Dog Tales Collection, author Patricia A. Brill, PhD has created a story dedicated to children who stand up to bullies and support each other.

Silly Scientists Take a Peeky at the Solar System makes for a fun STEAM-themed read-aloud—especially when paired with the animated music video version that can be found on YouTube.

The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch, is short and sweet and funny, and empowers young girls to be true to themselves.

Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky tells the story of his life from the point of view of the artist’s restless quest for vision and creation, culminating with the satisfaction of finally completing The Night Sky.

The most popular kids book series sold this past month was Robert Beatty's spooky historical mystery-thriller Serafina series.

Monsters for Sale, by Meg O’Keefe, will delight children with its message of love and acceptance.

Steve Underwood’s The Borrowed Princess, the first in The Daughters of the Lost King series, presents a strong story of adventure, relationships, and royal family alliance-building.

Captain Superlative: Debut author J.S. Puller delivers an inspirational story full of heart, humor, and breathtaking revelations.

For the month of May, the very exciting novel Serafina and the Black Cloak is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

Back in March we selected Drawn From Nature as a best new picture book of 2018, this month it is the best selling picture book from our affiliate store.

Star Wars Block: Over 100 Words Every Fan Should Know is the book you need in the playroom. Littles are introduced to characters and locations from all of the movies, through Rogue One.

We have 13 of the best new picture books to share with you this month.