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Book Reviews and Recommendations:

Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Grade School, and Teens, Ages 0-12+

 

By placing a high value on reading you are helping to create lifelong readers. Reading is the core skill behind almost all facets of learning. Kids that read (or kids that are read to) daily from an early age perform better on their report cards—not to mention the improved relationship benefits from a snuggly reading session between parent and child.

 

Children's Book Reviews for all ages

At The Children’s Book Review’s headquarters we receive hundreds of books each month to review. From these hundreds of books, we select only the books that we feel have the strongest potential impact on the reader. We know kids have different interests and different lifestyles and we do our very best to showcase a diverse list of books for all ages:

Book Reviews And Recommendations: Infant And Toddler Age Children, Ages 0-3

Book Reviews And Recommendations: Preschool To Elementary, Ages 4-8

Book Reviews And Recommendations: Preteen And Tween, Ages 9-12

Book Reviews And Recommendations: Teen And Young Adult, Ages 12+

The key to creating lifelong readers is parental involvement. The literacy journey is a continuous learning path—parents have the power to motivate children through example and by staying connected. Beyond helping kids select age appropriate books that peak their interests, there are many things parents can do to help create a healthy reading habit. For 10 tips on creating lifelong readers, you can check out our article Family Reading: Reading Together & Reading Aloud.

If you feel that we must know about one of your favorite books for kids, and you consider yourself an on-line socialite, you can send us suggestions on books for infants and toddlers through our Twitter handle, and share your most distinguished books on Instagram or Facebook with #thechildrensbookreview.  In the meantime, keep turning pages out there.

Buy recent infant and toddler books and ebooks in our Book Shop powered by Amazon; including 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up: The must-read book list for kids, written by The Children’s Book Review’s founder Bianca Schulze.

Glasses, Ann Gwinn Zawistoski, is an adorable book that shows children the importance and benefits of wearing glasses.

The best selling picture book from our affiliate book store is acclaimed naturalist Jonathan London's Hippos are Huge!

From a bedtime book for the youngest readers, to a classic tale of bravery and transformation, these are the picture books that we feel represent the best of January.

I'm the Happiest, by Anna Shuttlewood, is an excellent example of how appreciating the good qualities of others can make you feel good.

Hungry Henry is a delightful story about a young boy named Henry who falls to sleep and begins dreaming. Not long into his slumber, he runs into a sheep made of blueberries and bananas who is basking in the sun.

Author Showcase Article provided and sponsored by Lindsey Craig The Children’s Book Review | December 17, 2016 In Our Tree Written and Illustrated by Lindsey Craig IN OUR TREE is a baby’s first science book. The die-cut holes allow toddlers to poke and peer into a mysterious world, their curiosity satisfied only by turning the sturdy page to discover a new animal, a new wonder. Rita Vigovszky’s illustrations capture the mystery of the jungle with her her use of deep greens and dashes of light, serving to make scarlet macaws and electric blue morpho butterflies all the more delightful for a child to find! Lindsey Craig is the author of the award winning books: DANCING FEET and FARMYARD BEAT both illustrated by Marc Brown. Her books have won numerous awards and been highly praised by Kirkus Review, Publisher Weekly and the New York Times Book Review; her awards include: NAAPA Gold Award Winner, Fred Rogers Best Baby Books 2011, Wilde Award Best Children’s Books, and inclusion in Texas 2X2 reading list. She has published numerous alphabet and beginning readers for CJ Educations, and recently produced her first science app SILLY SOLAR SYSTEM!. Her most recent books include the not-so-quiet OH SO QUIET!, and the colorful board books: TRY! TRY! TRY!

This month's best selling picture book is one of the titles we selected as a "Best New Picture Book" in November, How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo Se Dice?.

Love, hugs, and loneliness are the main themes you'll discover from our best-of-the-best picture book list that we feel represents the best of December.

This month's best selling picture book is one of the titles we selected as a "Best New Picture Book" in October, Be Who You Are by Todd Parr.

We've narrowed our best-of-the-best picture book list down to 13 picture books that we feel represent the best of November.

This series takes the everyday and makes it magical for parent and child.

An ode to mothers everywhere, Happy Mamas begins with this thought-provoking question: “What makes a Mama happy at the dawn of day?”

Lynn Plourde is the author of more than thirty picture books including her newest for 2016: Bella’s Fall Coat. Lynn has done hundreds of author visits to schools through the years.

OH! The Things You Can See In The Dark!, by Cathleen Francisco, is well suited for young pre-readers and younger readers looking for a different point of view on the world they have begun to explore.

These five family favorites selected by Beth Vrabel, author of A Blind Guide to Normal, are books that helped her family enjoy and navigate various stages of their family life.

Mamas and babies everywhere will delight in this happy romp – a perfect ode to Motherhood. Join us as we go on the Happy Mamas tour with acclaimed picture book author Kathleen Pelley.

We were recently honored with an interview with the incredibly talented Brendan Wenzel about his picture book They All Saw a Cat, which, we're happy to say, is the best-selling picture book from our affiliate store this month.

There are plenty of amazing picture books from well-known authors and illustrators releasing this month. We've narrowed our list down to 18 picture books that we feel are the best of the best from October.

Bob Shea (Dinosaur Vs. series) presents a new dynamic duo to love in Ballet Cat: the Totally Secret Secret.

These 2 Interactive Board Books That Encourage Being Active, I Can Dance and I Can Play, by Betsy Snyder, are highly recommended for all babies and toddlers.

If You Were Me and Lived in … the Ancient Mali Empire is yet another great addition to this delightfully illustrated edutainment series for children ages 7 and up.

LOREDANA CUNTI is a writer and producer of children’s entertainment. A mother of two, she lives in Toronto developing ideas for food, family, and fiction.

The Rat Prince, by Bridget Hodder, is our best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store this month.

The best selling picture book from our affiliate book store is acclaimed naturalist Jonathan London's Hippos are Huge!

Which five words best describe Flying Lessons and Other Stories? Ellen Oh: Best Stories in the World!

If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World is a great choice for introducing pre-k and elementary school-aged students to the country of Israel and increasing their knowledge of diverse cultures.

From a bedtime book for the youngest readers, to a classic tale of bravery and transformation, these are the picture books that we feel represent the best of January.

From the middle grade books that release during January, we’ve picked 13 that we think you're going to love.

Angie Harris helps both parents and children recognize and positively manage their ever changing emotions in Mad to Glad.

Carole P. Roman’s latest picture book compels readers to look for the silver lining, no matter how big or small the problem.

I'm the Happiest, by Anna Shuttlewood, is an excellent example of how appreciating the good qualities of others can make you feel good.

When Dad’s Away/Cuando Papá está lejos is a touching tale of a little boy who struggles to understand the reasons behind his father’s months-long absence.

Which five words best describe The Lost Gift? Kallie George: Giving, Believing, Persevering, Love, Friendship

Mercy Watson is a porcine wonder – at least, that’s what her humans call her! She’s lovable and ready for adventure and an extra helping of buttery toast.

The entertaining 101 SERIES FOR KIDS, a group of books that covers interests for all, remains as the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

For the third month in a row, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, by Bianca Schulze, is our best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store this month.

This month's best selling picture book is one of the titles we selected as a "Best New Picture Book" in November, How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo Se Dice?.

Love, hugs, and loneliness are the main themes you'll discover from our best-of-the-best picture book list that we feel represents the best of December.

Interview sponsored by Linda Greiner The Children’s Book Review | December 1, 2016 Author Showcase The Children's Book Review: Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl is the third book in the Sashi series. As each of the books are based on your personal experience of adopting Sashi and fostering Shetland Sheepdogs, was there a particular moment that inspired you to begin writing the Sashi stories? Linda Greiner: I have a web site for the foster dogs and have always posted their information, with updates as they are adopted. But I started to think about writing a BOOK after foster number fifteen or sixteen (we had thirteen during that first year). Many shelties lose their homes due to misunderstandings on the part of the original owner. People purchase a cute puppy without knowing anything about the breed’s characteristics and what to expect when the dog is an adult. Shelties are not “mini Lassies”. They are a high energy herding dog with a specific herding style (barking, spinning, even nipping at the heels to get sheep - or children - to go in the direction they want). By writing for children, my hope is to reach parents as well, building everyone’s knowledge and understanding for current and future pets. In

Sashi Adopts a Brother is a delightful story about a Shetland Sheepdog – also known as a Sheltie – and her family’s adoption of another Sheltie.

Ten of the Best Books and Why You Should Read Them, as selected by Natalie C. Anderson (City of Saints & Thieves).

If You Were Me and Lived in … the Ancient Mali Empire is yet another great addition to this delightfully illustrated edutainment series for children ages 7 and up.

Lovers of fantasy will revel in the world of FURTHERMORE, likely reading the story several times just to be immersed in such a colorful, exciting world.

The ever-popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

LOREDANA CUNTI is a writer and producer of children’s entertainment. A mother of two, she lives in Toronto developing ideas for food, family, and fiction.

The Rat Prince, by Bridget Hodder, is our best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store this month.

Which five words best describe Flying Lessons and Other Stories? Ellen Oh: Best Stories in the World!

From the middle grade books that release during January, we’ve picked 13 that we think you're going to love.

The Peerless Seer is an enjoyable middle grade novel for those that dabble in fantasy, treasure hunting, science and nature, or all of the above.

A seasonal special in which some pirates fall into battle with some fiendishly-devised monsters.

From New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël comes a fun, adventure-filled, contemporary novel that poses the question what would you do if your dream life became reality?

The entertaining 101 SERIES FOR KIDS, a group of books that covers interests for all, remains as the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

For the third month in a row, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, by Bianca Schulze, is our best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store this month.

From the middle grade books that release during December, we’ve picked 5 that we think are really great reads.

Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is “How do you go to the toilet in space?”

Wildlings, by Eleanor Glewwe, is a captivating fantasy about the bond between twins, and the power of children to stand up for what's right.

Proving that these are all popular series, everything remains the same on our best selling kids book series list.

Two months in a row 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, by Bianca Schulze, is our best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store this month.

We've narrowed our best-of-the-best picture book list down to 13 picture books that we feel represent the best of November.

From the many middle grade books that release during November, we’ve picked 12 of our favorites to share with you.

Ten of the Best Books and Why You Should Read Them, as selected by Natalie C. Anderson (City of Saints & Thieves).

The Radius of Us blends a heart-wrenching portrayal of real teen relationships with striking social commentary.

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal is unconventional, crazy, and lovely. It beats any self-motivational or meditative text I have before encountered.

The ever-popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

Just over a year ago, we reviewed Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This month it is the best selling YA book from our affiliate bookstore.

The Rat Prince, by Bridget Hodder, is our best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store this month.

Life in a Fishbowl, by Len Vlahos, is a rollercoaster ride through human nature. Mixing pathos and humor, it is both enjoyable and inspirational to read.

From the middle grade books that release during January, we’ve picked 13 that we think you're going to love.

Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 7 new releases to share with you.

A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas, is for fans of fantasy, romance and anything faerie. Highly recommended.

For teens and older readers, this book is a charming representation of Icelandic culture.

How to Hang a Witch transforms the rich history of Salem into a story which is not only a gripping ghost thriller, but also an insightful exploration of family, history, and relationships.

The Best Man, by Richard Peck, is pitch perfect, full of love and humor, and an absolute delight to read.

The entertaining 101 SERIES FOR KIDS, a group of books that covers interests for all, remains as the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

In September, The Memory of Things was one of our selections for the best new young adult novels to release that month. This month, it was our best selling YA book from our affiliate bookstore.

Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 3 new releases to share with you.

How important is it to make sure that the dialogue in the books we recommend to children and young adults sings with originality and freshness?

Die Young With Me is a raw, honest account of a brave teen’s fight with cancer and the many ways music helped him cope through his recovery.

For lovers of young adult dystopia, The Rains: A Novel, by Greg Hurwitz, is a must-read.

Told from the perspective of the dead Viking Devil Alfarin, this latest offering in the series mixes Viking history and culture with a literary and mythological history of Hell, all rolled up in a gripping adventure story.