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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 featured in our list 5 Books for Teaching Your Kids About Body Safety and Consent:

For our tenth installment of the “Learn to Draw on TCBR” series, director, storyteller, professor, and mama bird Kataneh Vahdani teaches us how to draw both Kat and Juju from their namesake picture book Kat and Juju.

Schulze and Hardy make a dynamic duo, pairing the best of charming prose and illustrations to excellent effect. Full of laughs, singing, and a few wiggles, DON’T WAKE THE DRAGON is a fantastic addition to a child’s library.

Designed to be read aloud and interacted with, parents will take pleasure in the playful text as much as children will enjoy gently rocking the book from side to side as they sing the dragon a lullaby.

This picture book teaches behavioral regulation for children and families in need of coping strategies in an inviting and enjoyable manner.

Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small as well as series titles That’s (Not) Mine, I Am (Not) Scared, and We Are (Not) Friends.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is so fitting for the times—it's definitely a favorite read of ours!

Inspiration makes a splash in this delightfully colorful board book!

These five gardening books are the perfect companions for some gentle garden exploration. All are excellent examples that highlight the many wonders the garden can hold for the young.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is an excellent choice for homeschooling and online learning: Matter: Physical Science for Kids from the Picture Book Science series.

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.

The Weirn Books: Be Wary of the Silent Woods is an easy pick for both reluctant and ravenous readers who appreciate a fast-paced story. An excellent choice for fans of Scooby-doo and pals, too.

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:

These middle-grade audiobooks run the gamut from silly to serious to out of this world. In each case, strong, empathetic performances from the narrators make the characters and stories relatable to a wide range of listeners.

Each book in the EQ Explorers series is designed to educate and inspire children through beautifully illustrated, creative-yet-relatable tales. With each story, the author shares a simple and powerful principle of happiness and emotional wellness—one adventure at a time.

The EQ Explorer series could be just the set of uplifting books you’re looking for to help build self-confident, happy, and successful children who have stronger relationships at home and in the classroom.

America, meet Gizmo, the fun-loving canine candidate who is cruising the campaign trail and joining paws with his best pals to save the seas.

Gizmo 4 President is packed with summer fun, doggy pals, messages of eco-conservation and activism, and even includes a lesson in civics.

What To Do About Your Monsters is a heartfelt story about a girl who has sleep issues.

The Day We Went to Away is a formidable and informative picture book that will have readers contemplating how the waste they create impacts the world.

For our tenth installment of the “Learn to Draw on TCBR” series, director, storyteller, professor, and mama bird Kataneh Vahdani teaches us how to draw both Kat and Juju from their namesake picture book Kat and Juju.

Schulze and Hardy make a dynamic duo, pairing the best of charming prose and illustrations to excellent effect. Full of laughs, singing, and a few wiggles, DON’T WAKE THE DRAGON is a fantastic addition to a child’s library.

Designed to be read aloud and interacted with, parents will take pleasure in the playful text as much as children will enjoy gently rocking the book from side to side as they sing the dragon a lullaby.

This picture book teaches behavioral regulation for children and families in need of coping strategies in an inviting and enjoyable manner.

Chad Sell's first children's graphic novel was The Cardboard Kingdom, which he illustrated and co-wrote with a team of ten collaborators. Doodleville is his first full-length solo project.

No one is too young to learn to code! Programming and all things technology are here to stay and will be dictating our future. Here are some great picks to get your child interested!

From cakes to tarts to ice cream sandwiches, this book has every summer treat you can imagine. Paired with easy instructions and delightfully bright photography and fun tips in pop-outs, this is an excellent gift for any emerging baker.

Author-illustrator Lily Williams talks about her beautiful and meaningful work, including IF ELEPHANTS DISAPPEARED, the third book in her IF ANIMALS DISAPPEARED series.

IF ELEPHANTS DISAPPEARED is a beautifully illustrated and poignant book about elephants living in the wild and how they affect everything – and everyone – on Earth.

Think Outside the Box is exactly the picture book that you didn’t know you needed. It’s full of excellent life lessons and encouragement.

Think Outside the Box unlocks the key to applying creativity to daily life and turning any problem or worry inside out.

The Weirn Books: Be Wary of the Silent Woods is an easy pick for both reluctant and ravenous readers who appreciate a fast-paced story. An excellent choice for fans of Scooby-doo and pals, too.

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:

These middle-grade audiobooks run the gamut from silly to serious to out of this world. In each case, strong, empathetic performances from the narrators make the characters and stories relatable to a wide range of listeners.

Bradley's Dragons is an excellent choice for readers who enjoy thought-provoking, thrilling, and suspenseful fantasy stories!

Each book in the EQ Explorers series is designed to educate and inspire children through beautifully illustrated, creative-yet-relatable tales. With each story, the author shares a simple and powerful principle of happiness and emotional wellness—one adventure at a time.

America, meet Gizmo, the fun-loving canine candidate who is cruising the campaign trail and joining paws with his best pals to save the seas.

Gizmo 4 President is packed with summer fun, doggy pals, messages of eco-conservation and activism, and even includes a lesson in civics.

Chad Sell's first children's graphic novel was The Cardboard Kingdom, which he illustrated and co-wrote with a team of ten collaborators. Doodleville is his first full-length solo project.

No one is too young to learn to code! Programming and all things technology are here to stay and will be dictating our future. Here are some great picks to get your child interested!

A kidnapping, a banished sorcerer, and the protagonist’s desire to be loved and find a place to call home make this an exciting and action-filled story that will very likely appeal to fans of the fantasy genre.

From cakes to tarts to ice cream sandwiches, this book has every summer treat you can imagine. Paired with easy instructions and delightfully bright photography and fun tips in pop-outs, this is an excellent gift for any emerging baker.

Written by Grammy-winning Terry Abrahamson, whose work has been performed by everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Prince, The Blues Parade takes two friends, Pork Chop and One-Nose Willie, through the history of Blues music.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is a title included in the list of 12 Kids Books That Are Inspiring The Next Generation Of Activists!

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is Undefeated, written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson—a picture book selection from the Black Lives Matter Book List for Kids and Teens.

Supriya Kelkar’s books include Ahimsa, The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh, and American as Paneer Pie, among others.

Read these stories written by black voices. Read them with your children and teens and start a conversation so that we may have hope for an undivided future in which all communities feel safe.

Ellen is stuck at home. There's no school and no friends, and Mom is working all the time. It seems terrible until she learns about the choice each day offers: GET through it or GROW through it.

A whimsical tail full of witty puns that readers will surely love, this mermaid book is perfect for ocean-obsessed kids. There’s relatable school drama, grumpy pet fish, and a spine-tingling adventure. What more could a kid ask for?

It's silly and fun, and Stick Dog and his companions are hilarious (and Stick Dog is rather witty). Readers will feel like they're in on the story, reading Stick Dog's journal.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is a title included in the list of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up!

Bradley's Dragons is an excellent choice for readers who enjoy thought-provoking, thrilling, and suspenseful fantasy stories!

Read these stories written by black voices. Read them with your children and teens and start a conversation so that we may have hope for an undivided future in which all communities feel safe.

Young adult literature is powerful on audio. From full-cast productions to sensational author narrations, audiobooks provide a new way of connecting to these works.

Karen Benke has a handwritten letter + envelope surprise subscription for kids, to get them interested in snail mail.

The Words of the Wandering is the third compelling book in author D.E. Night’s The Crowns of Croswald series. Royalty, dragons, a battle of magic quills, and a growing darkness are elements bound to capture fans of the fantasy genre.

The Wizenard Series: Season One is an inspiring, encouraging, and must-read novel for any baller or sports enthusiast!

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.