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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.

Authors Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans have teamed up with illustrator AG Ford to bring you the tale of a cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him.

Author Penny Parker Klostermann and illustrator Ben Mantle are the creators of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight. A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale is their latest collaboration.

Topping off the list of best selling picture books from our affiliate store this month is Nate Ball's Let's Investigate with Nate: Book One: The Water Cycle.

Are you looking for some Halloween Books for kids (preschoolers, toddlers, or babies)? Here are 3 Halloween board books that won't leave your youngster bored!

Sue Lowell Gallion is the author of Pug Meets Pig and Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat (Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books).

A grumpy character is someone with flaws. Real people have flaws. Kids like real people

Come along with author Jeff Minich on the Baby Chomper's Bath Time awareness tour.

In Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, author Jeff Minich introduces readers to Baby Chomper, an adorable puppy with a warm-hearted glance and a mischievous grin!

My Love Is with You Wherever You Go is one mother’s ode to her babies, with a nod to God and his “precious care” and “all the wonders He has given to share.”

The Children's Book Review | September 7, 2017 Topping off the list of best selling picture books from our affiliate store is a gentle story about the importance of sharing something special with friends Share, Big Bear, Share!, by Maureen Wright and Will Hillenbrand. You'll also find our hand selected titles of the most popular picture books from the nationwide best-selling picture books listed by The New York Times. Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted is a great choice for mini activists. The list also continues to host Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit. The Children's Book Review's Best Selling Picture Book   Share, Big Bear, Share! Written by Maureen Wright Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand Publisher’s Synopsis: Big Bear’s forest friends eye his berries hungrily, but he doesn’t notice as he digs into his delicious snack. When the old oak tree says, “Share, Big Bear, share,” he thinks the tree has said, “Hair, Big Bear, hair!” One comical scene follows another as Big Bear keeps misunderstanding the old oak tree’s message until things finally get sorted out. Whimsical illustrations highlight the humor in this gentle story about the importance of sharing something special with friends. Order a Copy Now: Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes and Noble Ages 3-7

8 New Release Board Books: Everyone wants to bring out the genius in their babies and toddlers, right? The 8 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of September 2017.

32 New Release Picture Books: Yes, you read that correctly. We have 32 excellent picture books to share with you this month. And there were so many more that we could have included, too!

An Interview with Brigette Barrager about Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True. Unicorns, Rainbows, and Illustrating Picture Books!

With a final message to readers about safety and conservation of electricity, Electricity in Your Life, by Bo-hyun Seo, is an ethical and fun introduction to science.

Come inside the studio of Erica Sirotich. Her artwork has graced kids' publications, toy packaging, greeting cards, websites, and apps.

With its striking black and orange wings, the monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic insects in nature; Laura Weston’s new lift-the-flap exploration invites readers to get up close, bringing these magnificent creatures to vivid life.

19 New Release Picture Books Our selection of best new picture books will give you plenty of outstanding reading material!

As the Life on Earth series demonstrates, asking questions, observing the world, and analyzing what you see is the best way to learn!

8 New Release Board Books Are you looking to engage your little ones with eye-catching and playful board books that are just right for their little hands?

This valuable and unique perspective, coupled with Lucy’s determination and Wilbur’s endearing spirit, paint The Crystal Navigator as an entertaining and inspiring novel suitable to be shared aloud with boys and girls.

Check out Shelly Brown and Chad Morris’s selfie from the shelfie with Mustaches for Maddie.

Authors Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans have teamed up with illustrator AG Ford to bring you the tale of a cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him.

Baby Animals and Animals on the Move are two more beautiful additions to the Animal Bites series, which takes young readers for a walk through many different natural habitats and introduces them to the extraordinary diversity of wildlife on our planet.

Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue introduces reader to the diversity of ocean life, from the rainbow hues of reef fish, to strange creatures like the blobfish and the gulper eel.

Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale, is the next fast-paced, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale! Check out a book and fall under its spell . . . literally.

Author Penny Parker Klostermann and illustrator Ben Mantle are the creators of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight. A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale is their latest collaboration.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the new science series from Nate Ball, Let's Investigate with Nate.

For the month of October, The Care and Keeping of You 1 is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store.

Topping off the list of best selling picture books from our affiliate store this month is Nate Ball's Let's Investigate with Nate: Book One: The Water Cycle.

A modern classic in the making reminiscent of the Penderwicks series, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street is about the connections we make and the unexpected turns life can take.

Langston Hughes's inspiring and timeless message of pride, joy, and the dream of a better life is brilliantly and beautifully interpreted in Daniel Miyares's gorgeous artwork.

Are you looking for some Halloween Books for kids (preschoolers, toddlers, or babies)? Here are 3 Halloween board books that won't leave your youngster bored!

Sue Lowell Gallion is the author of Pug Meets Pig and Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat (Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books).

A grumpy character is someone with flaws. Real people have flaws. Kids like real people

Come along with author Jeff Minich on the Baby Chomper's Bath Time awareness tour.

In Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, author Jeff Minich introduces readers to Baby Chomper, an adorable puppy with a warm-hearted glance and a mischievous grin!

Like Jack, Josh Funk loves telling his own stories. Come see his selfie with It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk.

Nate Ball is the Emmy Award-winning host of PBS’s Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. Here are his 5 truly awesome-sauce tips for inspiring curious young scientists

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.

This valuable and unique perspective, coupled with Lucy’s determination and Wilbur’s endearing spirit, paint The Crystal Navigator as an entertaining and inspiring novel suitable to be shared aloud with boys and girls.

Check out Shelly Brown and Chad Morris’s selfie from the shelfie with Mustaches for Maddie.

All’s Faire in Middle School is a relatable story and I would definitely recommend it to my friends. Adventure through this rough journey and discover that true friends let you be who you are.

Baby Animals and Animals on the Move are two more beautiful additions to the Animal Bites series, which takes young readers for a walk through many different natural habitats and introduces them to the extraordinary diversity of wildlife on our planet.

Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue introduces reader to the diversity of ocean life, from the rainbow hues of reef fish, to strange creatures like the blobfish and the gulper eel.

Here you will get to have a peek inside Doogie Horner's studio and his artistic process for Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers.

Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale, is the next fast-paced, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale! Check out a book and fall under its spell . . . literally.

Which five words best describe Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers? David Stabler: Fun, funny illustrated true stories.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the new science series from Nate Ball, Let's Investigate with Nate.

For the month of October, The Care and Keeping of You 1 is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store.

A modern classic in the making reminiscent of the Penderwicks series, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street is about the connections we make and the unexpected turns life can take.

In More Tales for Your Monkey’s Mind, author Steve Michael Reedy introduces a series of short stories with marvelous morals and interrelated themes.

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.

In Curiosity House The Shrunken Head, four orphans with unique abilities find themselves thrust into a murderous, madcap adventure.

We highly recommend Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump! by Carole P. Roman.

Come along with Carole P. Roman on the frightfully good Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump awareness tour.

Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate, tells a story of how family and friends can have such a great impact on your life.

These books, in particular, have intriguing, well-written characters and are beautifully written. They will make you think, which most good books do.

I love novels that amuse, divert and make you think and genuinely feel. The five books for young people that I’ve selected all have these qualities in common.

Karen Banke's RiP tHe PaGe! AdVeNtUrEs In CrEAtIvE wRiTiNg (Roost Books/ Shambhala Publications, translated into Russian and soon Korean) helps to take the pressure off emerging and reluctant writers.

Told in alternating scenes of reality and dream-like flashbacks led by ghost-hosts, A Million Junes, by Emily Henry, grips you from the first chapter.

Nnedi Okorafor's books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She is the author of Akata Warrior.

Monsterland, by Michael Okon, is a fast-paced story will delight fans of dystopian fiction and horror stories.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the new science series from Nate Ball, Let's Investigate with Nate.

Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult list.

Jen Lancaster, author of The Gatekeepers, selected these spectacular young adult books.

Follow along with us on the Monsterland awareness tour with Michael Okon. With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

Tonya Bolden’s Crossing Ebenezer Creek is moving, beautifully-written, and powerful.

These books, in particular, have intriguing, well-written characters and are beautifully written. They will make you think, which most good books do.

I love novels that amuse, divert and make you think and genuinely feel. The five books for young people that I’ve selected all have these qualities in common.

Karen Banke's RiP tHe PaGe! AdVeNtUrEs In CrEAtIvE wRiTiNg (Roost Books/ Shambhala Publications, translated into Russian and soon Korean) helps to take the pressure off emerging and reluctant writers.

Ismée Williams is the author of WATER IN MAY. She discusses the art of writing about what you know.

Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult titles including The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution, by Vermont senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Emily Ziff Griffin is the author of Light Years, a novel for young adults published by Simon Pulse on September 5, 2017. She discusses wearing two hats in When a Film Producer Debuts a YA Novel.

17 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond): We’ve picked 17 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of September.

12 New Books for Teens: Yep! That's 12 of the next best young adult novels listed right here.

Sunshine is Forever, by Kyle T. Cowan, is a love at first sight story, but it is also a commentary on this trope and why it exists in the first place.

5 New Books for Teens Are you looking for the next best young adult novels? This month we are going to share 5 new young adult books with you.

Learn a little more about BODY PARTS, and Jessica Kapp as an author.

BODY PARTS is a perfect match for readers of light sci-fi and dystopias. Highly recommended.