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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Hello Kitty, everyone’s favorite Sanrio feline pal, is here to tell the story of two classic tales: Little Red Riding Hood and The Little Mermaid.

In this hilarious third installment of Jon Klassen’s award-winning trilogy, a hat could potentially tear two turtle friends apart.

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.

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.

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.

Creative types will instantly fall in love with the little girl, and children will see through her struggle that it’s okay to be different, and be yourself!

Two human body books for two age groups: Introducing the immense topic of human anatomy to children with ease, style, and fun.

Hawaiian locals and visitors always enjoy spotting endangered Hawaiian monk seals, but Honey Girl is an extra special case.

Upon being invited to write a piece about “encouraging readers to think rather than protecting them from difficult truths,” I had to stop and think about whether or not that is in fact my central purpose when writing nonfiction books for children.

Join Jeanne Walker Harvey for the Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk Seal blog tour

In this exciting new series of non-fiction books, children are taken on an adventure from a bug’s-eye-view.

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.

Two human body books for two age groups: Introducing the immense topic of human anatomy to children with ease, style, and fun.

In this exciting new series of non-fiction books, children are taken on an adventure from a bug’s-eye-view.

By turns heart-stopping and hilarious, The Blazing Bridge brings the Blood Guard trilogy to a surprising, clever, and altogether thrilling conclusion.

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.

Replete with pirate lore, tales of friendship, two strange men and a shaman, Eye of an Eagle: A Peter Poppin Adventure is a fast-paced and mystical coming-of-age tale set in the 19th century.

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.

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe is not only a wonderful ghost story, but also an insightful portrayal of how folklore and superstition can lay bare the troubled human soul.

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.

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse.

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.

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.

11 New Books for Teens Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 11 February releases to share with you.

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

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.

Renée Watson’s new novel, Piecing me Together, is both challenging and accessible.

Two human body books for two age groups: Introducing the immense topic of human anatomy to children with ease, style, and fun.

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.

Chris Miles has written several books for young readers in Australia. He works as a website designer and developer, and in his spare time he indulges his love of Doctor Who, LEGO®, Dungeons & Dragons, and anchovies.

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe is not only a wonderful ghost story, but also an insightful portrayal of how folklore and superstition can lay bare the troubled human soul.

Nowhere Near You is not only a gripping and action-filled adventure, it is also a rich and multi-textured language experience.

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse.

This month, To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party is the best selling YA book from our affiliate bookstore.

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.

11 New Books for Teens Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 11 February releases to share with you.

The Edge of Everything tempers an absorbing romantic plotline with gritty realism and characters who sign with life.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies, by Louise Gornall, is touching, poignant, and funny.

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.