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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.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book from our list 5 Books for Teaching Your Kids About Body Safety and Consent: Jayneen Sanders' My Body! What I Say Goes! 

Deborah Freedman is a trained architect who now works as an author/illustrator. She is the author-illustrator of Carl and the Meaning of Life.

The following books remind me of the promise that exists between the rising and setting sun, the too-hot for your feet pavement, and the cool, crisp chlorine-filled water.

We have 5 fun fiction dinosaur books for a playful prehistoric storytime to share with you!

Gift-wrapped books that are delivered directly to the home can only have a positive impact on young readers.

Any family with spiritual beliefs that has experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy will be bound to find Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies a beneficial read.

Recommended for any new golfers—or any sports players—that could do with a little reminder on the power of positivity.

My Name Isn’t Oof!: Warren the Warbler Takes Flight is a lovely little tale of one bird’s first attempt at flying. It offers a nice introduction to the message of perseverance for young readers ages 3 through 7.

Spring, summer, fall, or winter, these books embrace the seasons beautifully, highlighting the delights of our extraordinary weather and ecology here on Earth!

From acclaimed author Amy Parker of the beloved NIGHT NIGHT TRAIN, as well as many other children’s favorites, NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEPYTOWN is a sweet way to wind down before bed.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book from our list 11 Kids’ Books on Dealing with Loss, Grief, Illness and Trauma, A Terrible Thing Happened.

How about adding something quite a bit healthier to those Easter baskets? Bunny books!

To celebrate Unicorn Day (and every other day a little magic is required), here are some of our favorite books about these splendid icons of wonder

Feast your eyes on this list! Here are some of the best picture books of 2019 that have released so far.

From January through March, these are the board books of 2019 that we love the most

So many women have worked incredibly hard for equality and it is an honor to read about them. Here are 12 inspiring kids books about women who changed the world in their own special way

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is Grumpy Monkey, written by Suzanne Lang and illustrated by Max Lang—a truly endearing picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings.

It’s Just a Bunnypalooza, is the third book in the series. Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco discuss this latest book here

It’s Just a Bunnypaloozais a toe-tapping picture book. In it, bubbly Lizzy discovers a new talent inspired by a bunch of adorable bunnies, but not before dealing with a little bit of self-doubt.

Choose five of our family’s favorite children’s books? Impossible! There are just TOO many we love! So, how to choose? Hey . . . five kids . . . five family favorites . . . should be simple, right?

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is the amazing Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book from our list 5 Books for Teaching Your Kids About Body Safety and Consent: Jayneen Sanders' My Body! What I Say Goes! 

Author-illustrator Carmen Gloria shines a spotlight on the smallest, fastest, and innermost planet in the solar system, Mercury.

Deborah Freedman is a trained architect who now works as an author/illustrator. She is the author-illustrator of Carl and the Meaning of Life.

The following books remind me of the promise that exists between the rising and setting sun, the too-hot for your feet pavement, and the cool, crisp chlorine-filled water.

Which five words best describe Hedy Lamarr's Double Life? Laurie Wallmark: Surprising, fascinating, informative, inspiring, science-y

We have 5 fun fiction dinosaur books for a playful prehistoric storytime to share with you!

Wordless picture book Here Comes Ingo is a special visual story for mindful parents and inventive young readers to bond over open ended creative experiences.

Odeta Xheka is an artist and author. Most recently, she has published Here Comes Ingo, a picture book invested in open ended creative experiences.

Gift-wrapped books that are delivered directly to the home can only have a positive impact on young readers.

James Riley lives in Virginia. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time, Story Thieves, and Revenge of Magic series.

Adults and children alike will find joy in this spunky story that aims to empower readers to take their actions into their own hands.

Any family with spiritual beliefs that has experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy will be bound to find Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies a beneficial read.

The sweet, rhyming text flows well with the stunning full page, watercolor illustrations by wildlife artist, Guy Hobbs. 

Recommended for any new golfers—or any sports players—that could do with a little reminder on the power of positivity.

My Name Isn’t Oof!: Warren the Warbler Takes Flight is a lovely little tale of one bird’s first attempt at flying. It offers a nice introduction to the message of perseverance for young readers ages 3 through 7.

From fossils, facts, and favorite foods, here are six non-fiction books that cover the world of dinosaurs. 

Spring, summer, fall, or winter, these books embrace the seasons beautifully, highlighting the delights of our extraordinary weather and ecology here on Earth!

Sandy Stark-McGinniss uses beautifully lyrical prose to make this tender story sing like the extraordinary birds that she describes throughout her unique debut novel.

My Second Year of Kindergarten is a picture book with a specific goal: to create an encouraging and supportive story to be read to children that will repeat kindergarten.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is the amazing Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book from our list 5 Books for Teaching Your Kids About Body Safety and Consent: Jayneen Sanders' My Body! What I Say Goes! 

Gift-wrapped books that are delivered directly to the home can only have a positive impact on young readers.

James Riley lives in Virginia. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time, Story Thieves, and Revenge of Magic series.

The volume focuses its exploration of the role of African-American women in the WWII military around the figure of Charity Adams and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).

From fossils, facts, and favorite foods, here are six non-fiction books that cover the world of dinosaurs. 

Spring, summer, fall, or winter, these books embrace the seasons beautifully, highlighting the delights of our extraordinary weather and ecology here on Earth!

Sandy Stark-McGinniss uses beautifully lyrical prose to make this tender story sing like the extraordinary birds that she describes throughout her unique debut novel.

Whether you are searching for a collection of inspiring poems, a sweet rhyming picture book, or an outstanding novel written in verse

Can You Crack the Code? is a new volume on the history and science of cryptography published by Bloomsbury and written by a professional government cryptographer.

Robotpedia, written by Brenna Maloney, is an enjoyable volume, and a wonderful endorsement of STEAM for young readers.

Ridley Pearson is the best-selling coauthor (with Dave Barry) of Peter and the Starcatchers. Here he shares 5 of his favorite middle grade books

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, the perfect reference guide for book lovers of all ages!

Which five words best describe New Kid? Jerry Craft: Funny, Thought-Provoking, Conversation-Starter, Honest, Comforting

How about adding something quite a bit healthier to those Easter baskets? Bunny books!

Erik Slader and Ben Thompson are the co-authors behind the Epic Fails series, a hilarious look at some of history's most legendary failures—perfect for history buffs, non-fiction fans, and reluctant readers. 

In Si mi mamá fuera un ornitorrinco, readers are introduced to fourteen different mammal babies as they travel from birth to maturity. This book is a Spanish translation of If My Mom Were a Platypus, which was published in 2002.

Get To Know Roona Louise Mulroney from Shaunta Grimes’ The Astonishing Maybe, a middle grade novel that beautifully portrays the meaning of family and friendship.

To celebrate Unicorn Day (and every other day a little magic is required), here are some of our favorite books about these splendid icons of wonder

Emma Strack and Guillaume Plantevin’s What’s the Difference? is a celebration of difference, and an exploration of the minute detail so important for diversity.

The volume focuses its exploration of the role of African-American women in the WWII military around the figure of Charity Adams and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).

"I’ve been craving books with narrators who find a way to stand up and speak out." — Susan Kaplan Carlton, author of In the Neighborhood of True

Fanfiction: Ashley Poston discusses why it's popular and what brings the fangirls and fanboys to the genre.

Get To Know Roona Louise Mulroney from Shaunta Grimes’ The Astonishing Maybe, a middle grade novel that beautifully portrays the meaning of family and friendship.

Are you ready for this? Here are our favorite young adult books from 2019, so far!

So many amazing new novels have been released in 2019, so far. The books featured here are the our favorite new books from January through March.

So many women have worked incredibly hard for equality and it is an honor to read about them. Here are 12 inspiring kids books about women who changed the world in their own special way

Victoria Lee, the author of The Fever King, selected these 5 favorite young adult books.

Get To Know Duck Embry from Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester’s The Fang of Bonfire Crossing, "rip-roaring" middle-grade adventure.

Jake Burt is an award-winning author of middle grade fiction, including Greetings from Witness Protection!, The Right Hook of Devin Velma, The Tornado (Fall 2019), and Cleo Porter and the Body Electric (Fall 2020).

Brigid Kemmerer discusses A Curse So Dark and Lonely, a NYT Bestseller.

There have been a number of Beauty and the Beast retellings, but author Brigid Kemmerer’s dark and progressive take on the classic is unique and exhilarating.

he Fox Girl and the White Gazelle presents many great talking points such as: the idea of belonging and what that means to each of us, and how we treat people who we see as outsiders.

In The Bear, The Bull and the Child of Light - A Prehistoric Novel readers are transported into the very early years of the region that would now be considered Turkey.

Padma Venkatraman is the author of The Bridge Home. She was born in Chennai, India, and became an American citizen after attaining a Ph.D. in oceanography.

Peter Bunzl, the Author of Cogheart, Shares Five Steampunk Stories

Genesis Begins Again is Alicia D. Williams' debut novel. Read all about it!

Here are five classic nonfiction survival tales written for adults—to be read and passed on to young readers with a taste for adventure.

6 Performing Arts Books for Theater Kids selected by thespian Jenna Gavigan, author of Lulu the Broadway Mouse.

We know a good book when we see one. In 2018, we saw 18 of them that we're happy to call the best young adult books of 2018!