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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

Author Sonya Annita Song and illustrator Kate Fallahee take the well-known story of a child not wanting to go to school, and turn it completely upside down in this humorous picture book.

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth explains how our planet works—and how we can protect it—from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants, to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the cycles of nature, and more.

It’s Just a Bunnypalooza, is the third book in the series. Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco discuss this latest book here

It’s Just a Bunnypaloozais a toe-tapping picture book. In it, bubbly Lizzy discovers a new talent inspired by a bunch of adorable bunnies, but not before dealing with a little bit of self-doubt.

Choose five of our family’s favorite children’s books? Impossible! There are just TOO many we love! So, how to choose? Hey . . . five kids . . . five family favorites . . . should be simple, right?

Christy Hale succeeds in turning a straightforward vocabulary primer into exploration of a complex geographical concept: the way in which land and water are interlinked and interdependent.

The Big Book of 100 Outdoor Activities not only provides a wealth of such activities but – even better – it situates them outside, keeping the living-room carpet blissfully free of glue. 

Catherine Doyle has created a magical story that will delight young readers looking for a fresh fantasy.

Pipsqueak the Puppy is an endearing picture book about the runt of a puppy litter who learns that you do not have to be big and fast to win at things.

This picture book shows that adventure and new experiences can lead to wonderful things, and that a little freedom and space to explore can lead to some self-discovery—we too can blossom, just like the pink magnolia flower.

Karen Benke is the author of several books, including Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing, Leap Write In! featuring more adventures in creative writing, and Write Back Soon: Adventures in Letter Writing.

Bridges!: With 25 Science Projects for Kids is a fun read, and a wonderful role-model: a great new addition to children’s non-fiction.

In I'm Sad, everybody laughs. Flamingo feels a bit better. But still a bit sad. Which is okay.

Take a breath. Inhale. Exhale. Read your way to a calmer day with 5 books For raising happy, calm, and resilient kids.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is Alicia D. Williams' Genesis Begins Again.

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

Do Not Lick This Book is fun and educational – a real treat.

This pair of picture books makes a great set of books perfect for the child getting glasses, or for the classroom. Both are highly recommended.

Henry Winterbottom and the Feeling Rainbow has been written and illustrated to help children understand emotions through Henry’s experience with a colorful spectrum of feelings.

Henry Winterbottom and the Feeling Rainbow, a delightful tale about a creative child named Henry, is aimed at introducing children to emotions.