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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.

Sophie la Girafe, or Sophie the Giraffe as she is commonly known in the US, is a worldwide phenomenon with good reason.

Annie the Star Student is a great choice for anyone looking for a book that provides an encouraging and positive school experience for children ages 3 through 6.

Mousequerade Ball: A Counting Tale, by Lori Mortensen, is an adorable counting book that rhymes along to a cute story.

Going to the Park is a book for every family that needs a little reminder to put down devices and to get outside together.

Kelly DiPucchio, author of Everyone Loves Cupcakes, selected these five family favorites that are meaningful to her family.

The best selling picture book from our affiliate store is It's Just So

32 New Release Picture Books From debut picture books to familiar characters starring in new stories, you'll be delighted, charmed, entertained, and humored.

They All Saw a Cat is Brendan Wenzel's debut picture book as both the author and illustrator. It is a celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination.

Catch Me the Moon is a sweet story about a girl and her very inventive grandfather. Catching the moon is no simple task, but somehow he finds a way to give his little granddaughter her greatest wish.

With every turn of the page, adventurous preschoolers will be delighted by the surprising sounds of many nighttime forest animals.

Ellen Potter was never one who fantasized about her wedding day. Instead, she daydreamed about the bookshelves of her yet-to-be-born children.

Mike Wohnoutka illustrated This is NOT a Cat. He has previously teamed up with David LaRochelle on the book Moo! (Bloomsbury), which was awarded ALA Notable Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, a CBC Blue Ribbon Book, and several state awards.

Gareth Lucas studied illustration at Brighton and has been published internationally, often collaborating with his wife, who is also an illustrator.

The best selling picture book from our affiliate store is Hop! Plop!, a playful picture book about friendship.

Hot New Releases & Popular Kids Stories Oh, my! We have a truck load of amazing books to share with you during August.

Go inside the art studio of Amy Young, author and illustrator of A Unicorn Named Sparkle.

Tammi Sauer is a full-time picture book author who has visited hundreds of schools and spoken at various conferences across the nation.

Try! Try! Try! is an entertaining board book that encourages young readers to try new things.

Caillou, everyone's favorite preschooler, is back in this delightful collection of ten best-loved stories.

Jeanne Birdsall is the author of The Penderwicks, which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. My Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class is her hilarious new picture book.

The art of recreating prehistoric life has been coined paleoart (paleo for paleontology) fairly recently and has become a growing segment of scientific art.

Annie the Star Student is a great choice for anyone looking for a book that provides an encouraging and positive school experience for children ages 3 through 6.

For all those little lords and ladies who adore unicorns, this book is the bedtime story for them!

Going to the Park is a book for every family that needs a little reminder to put down devices and to get outside together.

Which five words best describe The Storybook Knight? Helen Docherty: Colorful, adventurous, witty, surprising, heart-warming.

When he is not writing and illustrating, Thomas Docherty spends much of his time visiting schools and libraries to meet his readers and help them create their own stories.

Kelly DiPucchio, author of Everyone Loves Cupcakes, selected these five family favorites that are meaningful to her family.

Go Inside the Studio wth Nancy Tillman, Creator of You and Me and the Wishing Tree, and Discover her Creative Process.

Our selection of books picked from the nationwide best selling middle grade list on The New York Times, includes Rick Riordan's The Trials of Apollo: Book One: The Hidden Oracle.

The best selling picture book from our affiliate store is It's Just So

From the many middle grade books that release this month, we’ve picked 16 of the best new middle grade books for kids ages 7 through 12. You'll find non-fiction, sports fan fiction, an outstanding Raina Telgemier graphic novel, contemporary tales, an embarrassingly honest look at growing up, a novel in verse, and a hilariously scary chapter book perfect for the upcoming spooky season.

32 New Release Picture Books From debut picture books to familiar characters starring in new stories, you'll be delighted, charmed, entertained, and humored.

Newbery Honor Book Turtle in Paradise is beloved by readers, and now they can return to this wonderful world through the eyes of Turtle’s cousin Beans.

They All Saw a Cat is Brendan Wenzel's debut picture book as both the author and illustrator. It is a celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination.

Lauren Palermo is a lover of photography, books, and all things art. We chatted about picture book Clicky Jules: Love is All Around.

Maddi's Fridge is a big-issue book, handled delicately. It's not preachy or judgmental, and has a sweet story about friendship first and foremost.

Mike Wohnoutka illustrated This is NOT a Cat. He has previously teamed up with David LaRochelle on the book Moo! (Bloomsbury), which was awarded ALA Notable Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, a CBC Blue Ribbon Book, and several state awards.

With the final stretch of summer vacation upon us, we thought we would share a few activity books to help get you through to the finish line.

The wildly popular The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, is at the top of our best selling middle grade books sold through our affiliate store

Award-winning author Carole P. Roman’s spin-off series for older children, IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … AN INTRODUCTION TO CIVILIZATIONS THROUGHOUT TIME, has launched to great acclaim. Where will Roman’s time machine be taking readers next? AMERICA WEST, ANCIENT CHINA, and the MIDDLE AGES.

The art of recreating prehistoric life has been coined paleoart (paleo for paleontology) fairly recently and has become a growing segment of scientific art.

WOLF HOLLOW is a beautifully written, heart-wrenching book for readers of all ages. Middle grade readers will be drawn to Annabelle's heart and courage, young adult readers to the mystery, and adults to the crushing dam of emotion Wolk skillfully portrays.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is J.K. Rowling's famously famous Harry Potter series

Keeping the list of middle grade books to only five is a big challenge for a reader like Tink, but here are a few she wouldn’t want you to forget.

The good news is there are a few handy tips to help your imaginary outsider authentically walk apart from the crowd.

Our selection of books picked from the nationwide best selling middle grade list on The New York Times, includes Rick Riordan's The Trials of Apollo: Book One: The Hidden Oracle.

From the many middle grade books that release this month, we’ve picked 16 of the best new middle grade books for kids ages 7 through 12. You'll find non-fiction, sports fan fiction, an outstanding Raina Telgemier graphic novel, contemporary tales, an embarrassingly honest look at growing up, a novel in verse, and a hilariously scary chapter book perfect for the upcoming spooky season.

Newbery Honor Book Turtle in Paradise is beloved by readers, and now they can return to this wonderful world through the eyes of Turtle’s cousin Beans.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is Rick Riordan's PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS series, a fantastical and mythological middle grade series.

Which five words best describe The Voyage to Magical North? Claire Fayers: Swashbuckling, pirates, sea monsters, librarians.

Tone Almhjell received a master’s degree in English literature and The Twistrose Key was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and is an international bestseller.

Ellen Potter was never one who fantasized about her wedding day. Instead, she daydreamed about the bookshelves of her yet-to-be-born children.

David Neilsen is the author of odd, weird, supernatural, and occasionally slightly disturbing stories. His debut novel, Doctor Fell and the Playground of Doom, is a Middle Grade horror story

The wildly popular The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, is at the top of our best selling middle grade books sold through our affiliate store

Award-winning author Carole P. Roman’s spin-off series for older children, IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … AN INTRODUCTION TO CIVILIZATIONS THROUGHOUT TIME, has launched to great acclaim. Where will Roman’s time machine be taking readers next? AMERICA WEST, ANCIENT CHINA, and the MIDDLE AGES.

Hot New Releases & Popular Kids Stories Oh, my! We have a truck load of amazing books to share with you during August.

Join us as we go on tour with award-winning author Carole P. Roman

Phyllis Perry discusses Stand Up and Whistle, an intelligently written work that young readers will certainly enjoy.

Stand Up and Whistle is an intelligently written work that young readers will certainly enjoy. It powerfully combines social protest, environmentalism, and some very effective education on ecosystems—especially as it pertains to the often-overlooked role of more modest creatures like prairie dogs.

MARK CRILLEY is the author of Mastering Manga, Mastering Manga 2, and The Realism Challenge, as well as several manga novels, including the Akiko, Miki Falls, Billy Clikk, and Brody's Ghost series.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is J.K. Rowling's famously famous Harry Potter series

Our top selling book for teens is the self-motivating journal Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration.

We didn’t want to add another YA story to the shelves in which the main characters easily overcame incredible obstacles in their way. We wanted our readers to to be unsure if our main characters would even make it through the next chapter.

We’ve picked 13 new books for teens that we feel highlight the best of the many young adult books that release this month. You'll find an intense memoir, breathtaking installments to some epic series, a poignant debut novel, a coming-of-age tale that includes salsa dancing, and a stunning story of friendship and first love.

The FIREBIRD series by Claudia Gray is a fantastic young adult book series with mystery, action and pitch-perfect romance.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is Rick Riordan's PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS series, a fantastical and mythological middle grade series.

This month Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare, and the Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard, are in our hand-picked list from the Best Selling Young Adult HardCover books listed on The New York Times.

Colleen Houck, author of Recreated: The Reawakened Series, selected these young adult books.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal writes for both adults and children. Learn about TEXTBOOK ANY KROUSE ROSENTHAL and how writing for adults is different than writing for children.

Host, author, and youth advocate Jeffrey Marsh has more than a quarter BILLION views across social media. An interactive experience, How to Be You invites you to make the book your own.

Hot New Releases & Popular Kids Stories Oh, my! We have a truck load of amazing books to share with you during August.

E.K. Johnston discusses theories and inspirations for A Thousand Nights.

A Thousand Nights is the bold, feminist retelling of the classic Middle Eastern tale A Thousand and One Nights, this book is a lyrical, evocative masterpiece.

Which five words best describe Shiny Broken Pieces? Sona Charaipotra: Redemption, fulfillment, achievement, catharsis, closure. Dhonielle Clayton: Vengeance, Redemption, Second Chances, Dreams, Grit.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is Jennifer Chambliss Bertman's The Book Scavenger series, an adventurous middle grade series filled with clues.

This month Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare, and the The Unexpected Everything, by Morgan Matson, are in our hand-picked list from the Best Selling Young Adult HardCover books listed on The New York Times.

The picture books have it! What an abundance of cute, fun, and thought-provoking stories to choose from.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is Anthony Horowitz's ALEX RIDER, a collection of spy novels for young adult readers.

Acclaimed author Holly Schindler writes a compelling contemporary tale with a dash of magic.

This month Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare, and the The Unexpected Everthing, by Morgan Matson, are in our hand-picked list from the Best Selling Young Adult HardCover books listed on The New York Times.