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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.

We chatted with author and poet Raven Howell about her latest book, A Flock of Fun.

Yoko Tanaka has illustrated novels, including The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, and picture books, including Princessland by Emily Jenkins and Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book featured in our list 5 Books for Teaching Your Kids About Body Safety and Consent.

The five bedtime stories featured in this list are sure to produce smiles for a myriad of different reasons that are unique to each author and illustrator's style. Peaceful smiles and laugh-induced smiles are sure to appear!

The pleasing sequencing in Penguin Sets Sail will have children readily interpreting the pictures, making connections to the story and the characters. This picture book is an excellent choice for any young storyteller or storytime listener.

Learn to change the world with these five kids' books perfect for raising young leaders!

A FLOCK OF FUN is a fun choice for a stress-free bedtime story! All readers, young and old, will surely relate to the young boy’s restless night of sleep.

From award-winning children's author and poet Raven Howell, comes an adorable picture book in which a young child discovers the solution for falling asleep.

Which five words best describe World So Wide? Alison McGhee: Wonder. Love. New. Gentle. Family.

Which five words best describe The Heart of a Whale? Anna Pignataro: Hopeful, heart-warming, soulful, magical, comforting.

We pulled titles from the bookshelves, made piles, discussed, reminisced, and then voted. Here are the results:

In addition to her lifelong acting career, Danica McKellar is an internationally-recognized mathematician and advocate for math education.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is the fantastic Grumpy Monkey! Highly Recommended!

As companion pieces or as individual reads, these two volumes provide a great introduction to nature for young readers.

Ged Adamson's picture books include A Fox Found a Box; Douglas, You Need Glasses!; Shark Dog!; Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed); and Bird Hugs!

Koobville: Book Monsters Library Day would be a fantastic addition to any classroom and/or school library.

If spreading kindness is important to you—and we hope it is—Dynomike: Pay it Forward is a winner. It’s upbeat, cheery, and full of high-fives!

We can't get enough of these amazing picture books! Here are 25 titles that we're willing to call the best picture books of 2019.

These are our picks for the best board books of 2019. Ready. Set. Read!

Here are five picture books that will help you learn to be proud of who you are!

The CLOUDLAND series, about a magical world hidden from our eyes in the clouds, is the first project Chip Hill has launched since his retirement.

Cloudland is a delightful new world ready and waiting for young readers to escape into.

The entire collection offers an enchanting world that feels both familiar and imaginary, allowing readers to immerse themselves freely in priceless life lessons.

We chatted with author and poet Raven Howell about her latest book, A Flock of Fun.

Anna Across the Arctic is a peaceful and enriching picture book that will greatly appeal to any young fan of animals, science, or non-fiction!

Yoko Tanaka has illustrated novels, including The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, and picture books, including Princessland by Emily Jenkins and Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is the 1945 Newbery Honor winner

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book featured in our list 5 Books for Teaching Your Kids About Body Safety and Consent.

Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists.

Here are 5 outstanding and award-winning audiobooks to engage your youngest listeners ages 4-6+.

The five bedtime stories featured in this list are sure to produce smiles for a myriad of different reasons that are unique to each author and illustrator's style. Peaceful smiles and laugh-induced smiles are sure to appear!

The pleasing sequencing in Penguin Sets Sail will have children readily interpreting the pictures, making connections to the story and the characters. This picture book is an excellent choice for any young storyteller or storytime listener.

Learn to change the world with these five kids' books perfect for raising young leaders!

A FLOCK OF FUN is a fun choice for a stress-free bedtime story! All readers, young and old, will surely relate to the young boy’s restless night of sleep.

National Geographic presents a gorgeous illustrated guide to the most misunderstood and beautiful creatures of the ocean – sharks!

Fiona Waters’ Sing a Song of Seasons collects together 365 of the best and most beloved nature poems of all time.

For generations, young and grown-up naturalists alike have taken enormous pleasure in observing, recording, and categorizing the infinite variety of nature. Hazel Maskell and Evelin Kasikov’s A Year in Nature and Florence Guiraud’s Wonders of Nature carry on this proud tradition.

From award-winning children's author and poet Raven Howell, comes an adorable picture book in which a young child discovers the solution for falling asleep.

Which five words best describe World So Wide? Alison McGhee: Wonder. Love. New. Gentle. Family.

Check out Lyla Lee’s fun selfie with the Mindy Kim chapter book series. Learn more about these fab new books, too.

The CLOUDLAND series, about a magical world hidden from our eyes in the clouds, is the first project Chip Hill has launched since his retirement.

Cloudland is a delightful new world ready and waiting for young readers to escape into.

The entire collection offers an enchanting world that feels both familiar and imaginary, allowing readers to immerse themselves freely in priceless life lessons.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is the 1945 Newbery Honor winner

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book featured in our list 5 Books for Teaching Your Kids About Body Safety and Consent.

Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists.

Here are 5 outstanding and award-winning audiobooks to engage your youngest listeners ages 4-6+.

Learn to change the world with these five kids' books perfect for raising young leaders!

National Geographic presents a gorgeous illustrated guide to the most misunderstood and beautiful creatures of the ocean – sharks!

Fiona Waters’ Sing a Song of Seasons collects together 365 of the best and most beloved nature poems of all time.

Check out Lyla Lee’s fun selfie with the Mindy Kim chapter book series. Learn more about these fab new books, too.

Which five words best describe Kids' Guide to Learning the Ukulele? Emily Arrow: Colorful, approachable, interactive, how-to, musical.

Eat the Cake is an inspirational and joyful treat for readers of all ages and we have the scoop (an interview à la mode, if we may).

We can't say enough about this list of middle-grade novels that tell the stories of rescue dogs, a service dog, a street dog, and seven rambunctious puppies.

This exciting compendium of the best and brightest (and also the powerfully dark) witches brought to life by J.K. Rowling is a fascinating read for any true fan of the Harry Potter series.

Award-winning author Leslie Connor's new novel, A Home for Goddesses and Dogs, is the story of an eighth-grader who has recently lost her mother and is working through her grief with the support of her aunt and the help of a rascally rescue dog.

We pulled titles from the bookshelves, made piles, discussed, reminisced, and then voted. Here are the results:

Risk takers and daring kids will undoubtedly be fascinated by the covert rules, elaborate plans, and brave deeds made by so many courageous men and women. Spies, Lies, and Disguise could be just the book to hook a reader into the history genre.

The historical fiction genre lures them in and the action keeps the kids turning-pages!

In addition to her lifelong acting career, Danica McKellar is an internationally-recognized mathematician and advocate for math education.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is the 1945 Newbery Honor winner

Eat the Cake is an inspirational and joyful treat for readers of all ages and we have the scoop (an interview à la mode, if we may).

Award-winning author Leslie Connor's new novel, A Home for Goddesses and Dogs, is the story of an eighth-grader who has recently lost her mother and is working through her grief with the support of her aunt and the help of a rascally rescue dog.

In addition to her lifelong acting career, Danica McKellar is an internationally-recognized mathematician and advocate for math education.

We know a good book when we see one. In 2019, we saw 14 of them that we're happy to call the best young adult books of 2019!

In our list of the best kids chapter books and novels of 2019—perfect for ages 6 through 14—you'll find a fantastic and colorful selection of realism, historical fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, and even a joke book!

I recommend reading the following Holocaust stories with your children. As I said above: We must not forget. We must remember. And we must not repeat!

We talked to Danielle Svetcov about why she chose to write this particular story, as well as discussing some of her favorite children's books, and also got some hot tips for aspiring authors.

Danielle Svetcov's Parked will appeal to readers of books like Dan Gemeinhart's The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise and Katherine Applegate's Wishtree.

Are you looking for some gift ideas for the writer, bookworm, book club friends, or the lover of literature in your life? The following are some of our personal favorite finds!

It brings us so much delight to share some of our absolute favorite collectible books! There is something so insanely special about receiving a beautiful boxed set of books.

Here are some new Harry Potter books and gifts for your favorite Potterhead.

The subscription ideas we have for you here range from a monthly audiobook subscription to a monthly gift-wrapped book box subscription to annual subscriptions to our favorite educational apps. These are unique gifts that will definitely earn you cool-status with the recipient.

Five stories that call upon humor to work through pain. The degree of tragedy varies, but laughter lifts the heaviness every time.

We’re excited to have Shea Ernshaw on TCBR again for her new book, WINTERWOOD.

Author Shea Ernshaw (author of THE WICKED DEEP) beckons you to the lush darkness of the Winterwood, where romance and magic collide in a mysterious tale.

Gloria Chao discusses Our Wayward Fate, her writing, and what's to come.

Author Gloria Chao delivers humor with a dose of reality in this charming sophomore book.

Just for fun, we asked Nicole Valentine (A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity) to tell us about her five favorite upper middle grade reads…

The DK Smithsonian Timelines of Everything presents information in the form of a chronologically ordered set of time-lines, ranging from the events of pre-history through to the modern world, and drawn from cultures all over the world.