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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.

All children should read Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! so they can learn its valuable lesson: if you don't worry about what others think and if you do everything in life with all your heart, then you will experience pure happiness.

Here are the five books that have inspired Victoria Kann's family and influenced them creatively.

Discover why Will Hillenbrand makes art, what inspires him, and the art medium he used to create his newest published book Share, Big Bear, Share!

Just in time for graduation season, the best selling picture book from our affiliate book store is The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin.

We have 20 new picture book suggestions for you to read your way through.

Introduce the youngest readers to the natural world, a literary masterpiece, a daddy-daughter treat, and colorful and captivating early concept board books.

If you thought that Dragons Love Tacos was as satisfyingly ludicrous as we did, then you and your fellow dragon/taco lovers are going to devour Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel with relish (or guacamole and mild salsa).

Here are five classic books Ruth Behar read and reread with her son, while her thoughts sometimes wandered . . .

f you're looking for a fast and fun tale that promotes teamwork, Mighty, Mighty Construction Site is a winner!

Dragons Love Tacos is so sizzling hot that, at the time of this review, it has been on The New York Times Best Sellers list for 163 weeks.

The best selling picture book from our affiliate book store is Percy, Dog of Destiny, which was selected as a Best New Picture Book in March 2017.

Animals, babies, and butterflies is what you'll find in these fun, new board books that we feel represent the best of April 2017.

We have 25 other new picture books suggestions for you to read your way through.

PUT MEETS PIG is absolutely enchanting. The two would-be friends are more alike than Pug wants to admit.

Review sponsored by Jeff Minich The Children’s Book Review | March 27, 2017 If I Could Climb Trees Written by Jeff Minich Illustrated by Renan Garcia Hardcover: 34 pages Age Range: 3-6 Publisher: Nuggies Inc. (2017) ISBN-13: 978-0996811576 What to expect: Dogs, different perspectives, empathy If I Could Climb Trees is a delightful story about a dog that wonders what it would be like if she were able to climb trees and experience the world as a different creature. The story opens with the dog thinking about what she could see if she was up higher in a tree and could be like a bird, a caterpillar, a ladybug, an ant or a squirrel. She thinks about what she would eat, how she’d move around in the tree and how she’d sleep. “If I could climb trees, I could see what the birds see…” As the story changes to the dog thinking about sleep, she then begins to imagine how other animals would dream about living life as a dog, and what they would do in her world. She thinks about how they would interpret her life indoors, with her furniture and her house and her food. And then she envisions what they would do if they had dog paws or a nose like her. “The bird

One of the best nursery rhyme books to come out in recent years, MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM is an excellent addition to any library, at home or at school.

In Dear Dragon, by Josh Funk, George and Blaise show us that we are all more alike than not!

This hilarious book will make kids and parents giggle.

Every night my husband and I read three books with our son, here are the five that we read most often

Jonathan London is the author of more than one hundred children’s books, including the bestselling Froggy series, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.

Katy Wu has worked for Google, Laika, Pixar, CinderBiter, and Simon & Schuster. Grace Hopper is her first picture book; her second, Dumpling Dreams, written by Carrie Clickard (Simon and Schuster), is scheduled for fall 2017.

Otis the Owl combines beautiful close-up photography with a simple, engaging narrative style, creating a book that is both educational and interactive.

All children should read Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! so they can learn its valuable lesson: if you don't worry about what others think and if you do everything in life with all your heart, then you will experience pure happiness.

Jonathan London's Pup the Sea Otter is a beautiful book, combining natural history education with literacy support and empathy development.

Our most popular kids series sold was the witty Mrs. Noodlekugel series for beginner readers, written by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Adam Stower.

Which five words best describe Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code? Laurie Wallmark: Curious, unique, persistent, intelligent, and stubborn.

Author Loretta Neff's Sip Tea with Mad Hatter at KAMP.™ provides kids with an enjoyable approach to manners and etiquette.

It’s Just So . . . Little stars Lizzy, the effervescent young girl readers met in the first picture book in this fun series for new readers.

Here are the five books that have inspired Victoria Kann's family and influenced them creatively.

Discover why Will Hillenbrand makes art, what inspires him, and the art medium he used to create his newest published book Share, Big Bear, Share!

Just in time for summer, Jabari, his dad, and Cornwall are ready to splash their way into readers’ hearts—and our notion of how a family looks and acts.

For young readers who feel the pressure of school and life weighing on them, this story will provide a realistic perspective and a lovely reminder of how to take a step back and breathe.

Our best selling middle grade book is currently Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag, by Carole P. Roman.

Just in time for graduation season, the best selling picture book from our affiliate book store is The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin.

We’ve picked 14 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of May.

We have 20 new picture book suggestions for you to read your way through.

Introduce the youngest readers to the natural world, a literary masterpiece, a daddy-daughter treat, and colorful and captivating early concept board books.

If you thought that Dragons Love Tacos was as satisfyingly ludicrous as we did, then you and your fellow dragon/taco lovers are going to devour Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel with relish (or guacamole and mild salsa).

Here are five classic books Ruth Behar read and reread with her son, while her thoughts sometimes wandered . . .

f you're looking for a fast and fun tale that promotes teamwork, Mighty, Mighty Construction Site is a winner!

Our most popular kids series sold was the witty Mrs. Noodlekugel series for beginner readers, written by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Adam Stower.

Fairy tales have become one of the most popular tropes for the exploration of identity in popular culture. Here are 3 favorites.

Author Loretta Neff's Sip Tea with Mad Hatter at KAMP.™ provides kids with an enjoyable approach to manners and etiquette.

Sarah Jean Horwitz, author of Carmer and Grit: The Wingsnatchers, selected these '5 Middle Grade Books to Grow Up, Out, and Old With.'

Cindy Wang is the crochet ninja known as the Geeky Hooker. Discover Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books.

For young readers who feel the pressure of school and life weighing on them, this story will provide a realistic perspective and a lovely reminder of how to take a step back and breathe.

Our best selling middle grade book is currently Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag, by Carole P. Roman.

We’ve picked 14 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of May.

The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is a Western at heart with some steampunk influences. Find out what inspired Eric Bower to write the novel.

A heart-to-heart with Crow from Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Sea, the moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family.

Beginning with the table of contents that hosts the creatively named chapters—such as “I Felt Like a Marshmallow Wrapped in a Doily”—The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is an entertaining middle grade novel set in 1891 in the wild west.

Here are five classic books Ruth Behar read and reread with her son, while her thoughts sometimes wandered . . .

For readers who have been enthralled by what sci-fi has to offer, Phoenix, by S. F. Said, is a fantastic offering.

10 Books of Poetry and Rhyme: This collection of books is filled with bright and gorgeous poems, verses, and rhymes ready to sweep up readers and inspire their imaginations to soar.

My Life as a Ninja is book 6 in the bestselling My Life series! Enjoy this funny interview between the author and illustrator.

For young fiction readers that have an interest in imaginative stories, this book will be the perfect fit.

Come along with Carole P. Roman as she wins over busy young readers on the Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag awareness tour.

Can swashbuckling pirates from a magical world work with two regular kids to catch naughty monster Atticus? Or will he escape again?

If You Were Me and Lived In … The Mayan Empire is a great choice for classroom and book report studies.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the funny BALLET CAT series for beginner readers, by Bob Shea.

Author Emily Henry provides seven tricks for writing your follow-up novel.

Something for everyone: The Paranormal, Fortune Telling, Magical Realism, Reincarnation, a Budding Romance . . . and Murder!

Interview sponsored by Alyssa Devine The Children’s Book Review | May 22, 2017 Author Showcase The Hypnotist is a murder mystery/thriller. What draws you to the murder mystery genre? That’s a great question, Bianca. It would be easy to say I’m influenced, for the most part, by the large number of superb made-for-television series in this genre that populate the cultural landscape . . . shows like Fargo and True Detective. But the truth is, if you look closely at this novel, and in fact, at all of the novels I wrote under my real name—Theodore Jerome Cohen—they are basically police procedurals. It’s not so much the crime with which I’m concerned, though believe me, if you’re going to write a mystery-thriller, you might as well go all the way and have the antagonist commit a murder, or two, or more. No, what intrigues me as a physicist is how the crime is solved. That is, how does the detective, or in this case, how do two teenagers, catch the killer? What clues do they uncover? What investigative tools and techniques do they use? How do they connect the dots? Meanwhile, just to spice things up, let’s put their lives in jeopardy and see

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES, by Mindy McGinnis, is an incredible journey into darkness.

Our most popular kids series sold was the witty Mrs. Noodlekugel series for beginner readers, written by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Adam Stower.

Fairy tales have become one of the most popular tropes for the exploration of identity in popular culture. Here are 3 favorites.

This month, 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 The Sun is Also a Star, by the talented Nicola Yoon.

Extremely high stakes make Nowhere Wild, by Joe Beernink, a gripping read. Highly recommended.

Author Joe Beernink talks to us about his young adult book 'Nowhere Wild' and novel writing.

The Crowns of Croswald is a young adult novel that takes the reader into the world of Ivy Lovely, a young girl whose hidden magical powers are revealed to her after her sixteenth birthday.

Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she dreams up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch is her debut novel

Sarah Jean Horwitz, author of Carmer and Grit: The Wingsnatchers, selected these '5 Middle Grade Books to Grow Up, Out, and Old With.'

Cindy Wang is the crochet ninja known as the Geeky Hooker. Discover Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books.

Author Lisa Freeman's Favorite YA Books That Have Been Made into Movies or TV Shows.

Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 13 May young adult book releases to share with you.

Which five words best describe The Scattering? Kimberly McCreight: Suspenseful, harrowing, timely, moving, surprising.

For readers who have been enthralled by what sci-fi has to offer, Phoenix, by S. F. Said, is a fantastic offering.

BRIGID KEMMERER, author Letters to the Lost, narrows her list of favorite YA novels down to five.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the funny BALLET CAT series for beginner readers, by Bob Shea.

Written with a dark sense of humor and a flair for recapturing the mindset of adolescence, this memoir shows how non-conformity can become a recipe for survival.