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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! Rally 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

A fun activity book for children using stickers and numbered outlines.

There is no doubt that If You Were Me and Lived On … Mars will make an excellent addition to the home library of any young astronomers.

Thank You, Me is a delightful picture book that delivers a loving message of self-acceptance to both children and adults.

Pipsie and her turtle friend, Alfred, must finish their field trip scavenger hunt and find whoever stole their lunches!

We just love Salina Yoon's A DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE BOOK series, and this month it is the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

In an endearing, funny, pitch-perfect middle grade voice, Caroline Starr Rose tells another stellar historical adventure young readers will long remember.

I sit crisscross apple sauce on the floor and flip through these well-loved books, remembering the nights I read them to my kiddos. So many books hold these types of memories.

For Soldier Song (by Debbie Levy), on top of a lot of visual research on the Civil War, I wanted to create a silkscreen and woodblock print effect for the entire eighty pages of the book.

Join award-winning author Carole P. Roman as she blasts off to colonize the planet Mars, in her newest book.

Aya and Bobby Discover Thailand perfectly illustrates the excitement of going on a plane trip to a foreign country and will help children prepare for each step of their journey.

Which five words best describe SOLDIER SONG: A TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR? Debbie Levy: We’re all in this together.

Our selection of books picked from the nationwide best-selling hardcover middle grade list on The New York Times, includes Rick Riordan's The Trials of Apollo: Book One: The Hidden Oracle.

The best selling picture book from our affiliate book store is a sweet story about changing the things that weigh us down into the things that lift us up, Whimsy's Heavy Things.

17 New Release Picture Books These are the picture books that we feel represent the best of February 2017.

14 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 8-14 (and Beyond) From the middle grade books that release during the month of February, we’ve picked 14 that we think are excellent.

Get to know a little more about LOST AND FOUND CAT and Amy Shrodes writing and reading life in this exclusive interview.

The Environmental Pack: Little Reader Series, by Kyla Ryman, are delightful and engaging books for emerging readers.

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer is essential reading for any children who doubt themselves and their goals.

Ruby Shamir, author of What's the Big Deal About First Ladies, selected these five family favorites.

"Glasses" is a positive book about babies and toddlers wearing glasses. Read all about it in this discussion with author Ann Gwinn Zawistoski.