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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.

The article 5 Books That Teach Kids How to Work Together was written by Mariam Gates, author of Yoga Friends: A Pose-by-Pose Partner Adventure for Kids.

Here are five family favorites that stand out the most to Lauren Abbey Greenberg, author of The Battle of Junk Mountain.

Here’s a list of adorable board books to snuggle up with, featuring fuzzy bunnies and curious chicks that will get you ready for Spring surprises. 

Back in January we selected Little Mouse's Big Breakfast as a best new picture book of 2018, this month it is the best selling picture from our affiliate store.

We have 10 excellent picture books to share with you this month.

The 3 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of March 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

Come and see Peggy Archer’s selfie with her picture book A Hippy-Hoppy Toad!

Which five words best describe your new picture book Honey? David Ezra Stein: Wanting. Waiting. Forgetting. Getting! Losing.

Choosing only five is impossible, but here are some Tara Luebbe's (co-author of I Am Famous) favorite picture books.

Xander’s Story, by Alejandro and Christopher Garcia-Halenar, tells the story of how one little boy, Xander, came to be the son of his two loving dads through surrogacy.

Just a few weeks ago, author Jennifer Adams shared a beautiful article with us: Empowering Our Children to Find Strength in Kindness. Topping off the list of best selling picture books from our affiliate store this month is Adams' empowering picture book, I Am a Warrior Goddess. 

These are books that have achieved “The Book As Art” award in my mind and are inspiring my work right now.

POOR LOUIE is a hilariously relatable book for children (and if they could read, pets!). Louie echoes what many children are sure to think as preparations are being made for a new addition.

It’s Raining Elephants is the collective name of Swiss duo Nina Wehrle and Evelyne Laube, who founded their own illustration studio in 2008. They have created several children’s books.

We have 10 excellent new release picture books to share with you this month.

3 New Release Board Books: The 3 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of February 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

April Stevens, author of The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley, selected these five family favorites.

Dashka Slater’s story is a Narnia-esque masterpiece for children. The Antlered Ship is an excellent introduction for little readers to the worlds of fantasy and adventure.

My First Beethoven is an excellent choice for introducing toddlers and preschoolers to classical music and, more specifically, the music of German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the TouchThinkLearn series by Xavier Deneux (Chronicle Books).

The article 5 Books That Teach Kids How to Work Together was written by Mariam Gates, author of Yoga Friends: A Pose-by-Pose Partner Adventure for Kids.

Here are some of Russell Ginns, author of Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans, favorite puzzling books, and a few clever classics, too.

Get to know The Train of Lost Things from Ammi-Joan Paquette’s novel The Train of Lost Things—a magical story about a boy's love for his dying father and his journey to the mythic Train of Lost Things.

Sew What?, by Glen A. Penrod | Dedicated Review

Which five words best describe The Parker Inheritance? Varian Johnson: Puzzle mystery, contemporary, historical, fun!

This picture-book tells the heart-breaking story of James Castle, an artist who grew up unloved by his family and community because of his deafness.

Here are five family favorites that stand out the most to Lauren Abbey Greenberg, author of The Battle of Junk Mountain.

Scott Magoon has been designing, writing, and illustrating books for young readers since 2003. Be inspired by Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. Remaining the same as last month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series For Kids (Walter Foster Jr.).

For the month of April, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

Back in January we selected Little Mouse's Big Breakfast as a best new picture book of 2018, this month it is the best selling picture from our affiliate store.

Don’t Feed the Elephant! is a bright and entertaining picture book that is likely to appeal to fans of Laura Numeroff’s ever-popular If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Sherry Ellis Discusses Don’t Feed the Elephant!, a picture book that boasts some seriously messy fun with food!

Real Friends is a memoir by Shannon Hale about friendship. Journey through this excellent graphic novel and find the true meaning of friendship.

These books are the springboard to help children to bring their ideas to reality by creating apps and games. Coding is the future.

We’ve picked 15 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of March.

We have 10 excellent picture books to share with you this month.

The 3 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of March 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

In No Night-Night, author Zena Bailey-Harris writes a simple story with a surprising twist: it is simultaneously translated into American Sign Language (ASL) through the use of ingenious illustrations.

Come and see Peggy Archer’s selfie with her picture book A Hippy-Hoppy Toad!

Here are some of Russell Ginns, author of Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans, favorite puzzling books, and a few clever classics, too.

Get to know The Train of Lost Things from Ammi-Joan Paquette’s novel The Train of Lost Things—a magical story about a boy's love for his dying father and his journey to the mythic Train of Lost Things.

Which five words best describe The Parker Inheritance? Varian Johnson: Puzzle mystery, contemporary, historical, fun!

This picture-book tells the heart-breaking story of James Castle, an artist who grew up unloved by his family and community because of his deafness.

Here are five family favorites that stand out the most to Lauren Abbey Greenberg, author of The Battle of Junk Mountain.

Scott Magoon has been designing, writing, and illustrating books for young readers since 2003. Be inspired by Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. Remaining the same as last month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series For Kids (Walter Foster Jr.).

For the month of April, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

A writer of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for audiences of all ages, Sheila is a professor in the MFA program at Hamline University, where she also serves as the fiction editor for Water~Stone Review.

Real Friends is a memoir by Shannon Hale about friendship. Journey through this excellent graphic novel and find the true meaning of friendship.

These books are the springboard to help children to bring their ideas to reality by creating apps and games. Coding is the future.

We’ve picked 15 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of March.

We have 10 excellent picture books to share with you this month.

Middle grade is an exciting, creative field of literature. It was hard to pick five favorite books, but this is a narrowed-down list of books Diane Magras reread again and again . . .

Natalie's uplifting story of using the scientific process to "save" her mother from depression is sure to take root in readers' hearts!

KidLit is Shaking Things Up: Author Susan Hood discusses how children's books are inspiring the next generation of activists.

The book list on this page contains books featured in author Susan Hood's article How Children’s Books Are Inspiring The Next Generation Of Activists.

David Litchfield is the creator of the award-winning The Bear and the Piano and the illustrator of several other books for young readers, including When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel.

Patricia O’Connell Pearson is a former history teacher with a B.A. in history and a master’s degree in education. Her nonfiction for ages ten and up—Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII—was released by Simon and Schuster in February, 2018.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series For Kids (Walter Foster Jr.).

The book is a gripping read that will attract older teens who are able to contextualize the detailed descriptions of violence, adult topics and language, and small-town conflict that was indicative of the era

Elizabeth Partridge is a National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor winner, and author of Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam.

Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult list. Including The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and One of Us is Lying, by written by Karen M. McManus.

9 New Books for Teens: In this list, you will discover 9 of the best young adult novels that release during the month of March.

Middle grade is an exciting, creative field of literature. It was hard to pick five favorite books, but this is a narrowed-down list of books Diane Magras reread again and again . . .

Patricia O’Connell Pearson is a former history teacher with a B.A. in history and a master’s degree in education. Her nonfiction for ages ten and up—Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII—was released by Simon and Schuster in February, 2018.

Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult list. Including The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

Ashley Woodfolk, author of The Beauty That Remains, selected these young adult books.

Gloria Chao is an MIT graduate turned dentist turned writer. Here she discusses her debut YA novel American Panda!

9 New Books for Teens: In this list, you will discover 9 of the best young adult novels that release during the month of February.

YA books are powerful tools for change because they create empathy – something our world desperately needs. Here are 5 contemporary YA books to open our hearts and minds.

Winifred Conkling is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot.

Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult list. Including The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and One of Us is Lying, by written by Karen M. McManus.

For the month of February, the boxed set of all five Percy Jackson and the Olympians books is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

See You In The Cosmos, by Jack Cheng, is definitely on my top five favorite book list, it is AMAZING!

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

The Book of Pearl, by Timothée de Fombelle, is an intricately woven tale translated from French to English. It gives the reader a new view of the fairytale world we have come to know and love.

Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of several novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, the Truly Devious series, the Suite Scarlett series, and the Shades of London series.

If you don’t mind having your heart torn out, repeatedly, as long as it’s put back in one piece where it belongs, here are a few of my favorite reads.

Joe Beernink’s NOWHERE HOME follow-up to his debut, NOWHERE WILD is a tense, post-apocalyptic thriller that will keep you rushing through the pages until the twisty end.