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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 have selected 13 excellent picture books as the best of May.

Here are 8 new must-have board books. These are the titles we feel represent the best of May 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

Selected as one of the best new picture books in March 2017, Peter H. Reynold's Happy Dreamer is this month's best selling picture book from our affiliate store.

You will find a few of our favorite coloring books that feature quality paper, great designs, and some beloved characters from some very treasured books

Nothing beats a good series when you have an avid reader on your hands! Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore.

The Fly with One Eye is a picture book that shows how one fly finds a sense of belonging by discovering a place in his community.

A select group of outstanding board books geared toward toddlers.

Selected as one of the best picture books of the year in 2017, This is How We Do It is this month's best selling picture book from our affiliate store.

The Wang brothers Cozy Classics are unique first-word primers, and this addition to the series highlights The Wizard of Oz.

We’re Amazing 1,2,3!: A Story About Friendship and Autism is a gentle book broaching the autism spectrum for small children. Julia’s autism is handled with care.

Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book, by Britta Teckentrup, is a fantastic selection for the child who loves the night sky, or perhaps a class learning about the moon.

Splashed with humor and grounded in heart, this brightly illustrated story explores ideas of family, home, and belonging in a way that’s as relatable as it is unique.

Back in April we selected Peek-A-Flap Dig! as a best new board book of 2018, this month it is the best selling picture book from our affiliate store.

Monsters for Sale, by Meg O’Keefe, will delight children with its message of love and acceptance.

Back in March we selected Drawn From Nature as a best new picture book of 2018, this month it is the best selling picture book from our affiliate store.

Star Wars Block: Over 100 Words Every Fan Should Know is the book you need in the playroom. Littles are introduced to characters and locations from all of the movies, through Rogue One.

We have 13 of the best new picture books to share with you this month.

The 4 colorful new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of April 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

For every child who’s ever wondered if the grass is greener, The Best Mother affirms that there’s nothing better than your own mother’s love.

The article 5 Books That Teach Kids How to Work Together was written by Mariam Gates, author of Yoga Friends: A Pose-by-Pose Partner Adventure for Kids.

The stories in It’s Okay! provide neat illustrations of mindfulness concepts and give young readers concrete examples of how to manage their emotions in different scenarios.

Book of Bones, by Gabrielle Balkan, is engaging, fun, and different – great as a gift or for the classroom.

We’ve picked 13 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that released during the month of May.

We have selected 13 excellent picture books as the best of May.

Here are 8 new must-have board books. These are the titles we feel represent the best of May 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

Selected as one of the best new picture books in March 2017, Peter H. Reynold's Happy Dreamer is this month's best selling picture book from our affiliate store.

You will find a few of our favorite coloring books that feature quality paper, great designs, and some beloved characters from some very treasured books

Brimming with humor and action, Chris Rylander's The Legend of Greg turns dwarf lore on its head, delivering an adventure readers won't be able to resist.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling, is not to be missed by any reader, young or old.

Here are five of Julie Falatko's favorites, with apologies to all of her other favorites.

Nothing beats a good series when you have an avid reader on your hands! Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore.

The Fly with One Eye is a picture book that shows how one fly finds a sense of belonging by discovering a place in his community.

A select group of outstanding board books geared toward toddlers.

 For every kid who's ever come in second place, this is a middle grade story about chasing your dreams.

The Big Sticker Book of Beasts and The Big Sticker Book of Bugs are two wonderfully enjoyable books perfect for the classroom or at home. 

My First Book of My Body blends complex facts with engaging activities.

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Edwardian Taylor, makes a fantastic addition to any child’s library. Highly recommended.

Samantha Berger's Snail Mail is a playful and educational story. Kids and parents alike will delight in this celebration of America's beauty and the power of a simple handwritten letter.

This is a well-composed volume which is sure to bring pleasure to readers both young and old.  

Read, Read, and Read is an uplifting story of a young girl, Liv, and the satisfying wonders of books.

The stories in It’s Okay! provide neat illustrations of mindfulness concepts and give young readers concrete examples of how to manage their emotions in different scenarios.

Book of Bones, by Gabrielle Balkan, is engaging, fun, and different – great as a gift or for the classroom.

We’ve picked 13 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that released during the month of May.

We have selected 13 excellent picture books as the best of May.

You will find a few of our favorite coloring books that feature quality paper, great designs, and some beloved characters from some very treasured books

Brimming with humor and action, Chris Rylander's The Legend of Greg turns dwarf lore on its head, delivering an adventure readers won't be able to resist.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling, is not to be missed by any reader, young or old.

Here are five of Julie Falatko's favorites, with apologies to all of her other favorites.

Nothing beats a good series when you have an avid reader on your hands! Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore.

 For every kid who's ever come in second place, this is a middle grade story about chasing your dreams.

In Muchokids: Galaxia and Her Quest to Save the Universe, readers are introduced to a young space girl named Galaxia. The opening book in this new space-themed series sets the stage for a galactic battle that is sure to intrigue readers young and old.

The Big Sticker Book of Beasts and The Big Sticker Book of Bugs are two wonderfully enjoyable books perfect for the classroom or at home. 

My First Book of My Body blends complex facts with engaging activities.

Evolution: How Life Adapts to A Changing Environment covers a wealth of different topics, from what DNA is and how it functions (p. 3), to genetic drift (p. 17), speciation (p. 25), Linnaean and phylogenetic classification (p. 44), and even the evidence for evolutionary theory (p. 60). 

The characters in You Gotta Have Heart are so well developed that they will surely reel readers in to see what happens next.

We can’t protect kids from everything they’ll see and endure in middle school. But chances are, there’s a novel out there that can accompany them on the journey.

Biographies of African Americans are important to the overall education of young readers, reminding them of the historical challenges that were faced by ordinary people.

An excellent entrée in to serious works of fiction, THE PREHISTORIC MASTERS OF LITERATURE will delight and engage children. Highly recommended.

In To the Sacred Valley with Koko,author Ayyappan R. Nair tells the story of two life-like monkey robots named Bolo and Koko that are to star in an upcoming, blockbuster film.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. The most popular kids book series sold this past month was Raina Telgemeier's graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club.

Kelley Armstrong, author of Aftermath, selected these ‘5 Favorite Young Adult Books.’

Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution: An activism handbook for teen girls ready to fight for change, social justice, and equality.

In this list, you will discover 5 of the best young adult novels that released during the month of May. Ready. Set. Read!

You will find a few of our favorite coloring books that feature quality paper, great designs, and some beloved characters from some very treasured books

Michelle Falkoff's Questions I Want to Ask You is a mystery about family, secrets, and how to move forward when the past keeps pulling you back.

 From the author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters comes an all-new edge-of-your-seat thriller set in upstate New York about an eerie sequence of seemingly unrelated events that leaves five cheerleaders dead.

The characters in You Gotta Have Heart are so well developed that they will surely reel readers in to see what happens next.

Biographies of African Americans are important to the overall education of young readers, reminding them of the historical challenges that were faced by ordinary people.

Here you’ll discover five books that we’re highlighting from The New York Times’ best selling hardcover young adult list. Including The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and One of Us is Lying, by written by Karen M. McManus.

Taut and atmospheric, Amelia Brunskill's The Window will keep you guessing until the end.

We asked Melissa de la Cruz to share 5 young adult books that she is really looking forward to getting her hands on, or young adult books that she recently read and loved. Here's the fantastic list that she came up with . . .

Readers of boarding school dramas will adore this exciting romp through privilege (both contemporary and historical).

Shea Ernshaw is the author of The Wicked Deep. She lives and writes in a small mountain town in Oregon. She works as a producer for a film production company and shares a home with her husband, a dog named Diesel, and two cats.

Grab your flashlight and get ready to read long in to the night: THE WICKED DEEP will haunt you until you’ve reached the thrilling conclusion.

There have been a few updates on the best selling young adult book list. Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult list. Including The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and One of Us is Lying, by written by Karen M. McManus.

Come along with award-winning and bestselling author Michael Okon on the Monsterland Reanimated awareness tour. Includes a chilling giveaway!

Sure to delight fans of dystopian fiction, science fiction and horror, Monsterland Reanimated is a worthy second installment in the Monsterland series.

This exciting take on the classic Jane Eyre story will delight readers who cut their teeth on Victorian dramas.

In this list, you will discover 6 of the best young adult novels that release during the month of April.

We’ve picked 10 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of April.