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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.

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

Each with their own set of fitting bedtime story qualities, here are five fantastic picture books for sweet dreamers and curious explorers.

Justine Avery is the author of many books for kids and adults, and she is undoubtedly on a roll (pun intended) with this picture book addition.

Peppa, everyone’s favorite British pig, celebrates her birthday and is ready to play magnets with preschoolers everywhere.

From book reviews and lists for all ages to literacy tips and book giveaways, here are the top ten list of kids books and literacy articles that have been trending on The Children's Book Review . . .

We're happy to see Lupita Nyong'o's new picture book, Sulwe, on the bestsellers list.

We explore colonial America, togetherness, farming, and gratitude. Go forth and feast on these five titles. You can thank us later!

Possibly the best part about ReadingIQ is that you can have up to three kids per account and—drum roll—you can try it for free for 30 days.

From the bestselling author and illustrator team behind the GROWING HEARTS series comes a book about appreciation, gratefulness, and sharing.

How do you get a toddler to gravitate towards books? That's where books like the Animal Adventures from Clever Publishing come in to play.

here's a sample routine that you can tweak and make your own, along with some books you can use to help create it and enable your kids to own it and enjoy their personalized routine.

Jessika von Innerebner, author-illustrator of Kevin the Unicorn: It’s Not All Rainbows, teaches us how to draw the fabulous Kevin—a unicorn who now knows that not every day has to be perfect.

Great for reading in October and beyond, the books on this list span all ages and range from fun to freaky. You'll find stories about monsters, pumpkins, skeletons, pirates, witches, ghosts, and more, for toddlers through teens and everyone in between.

See Xindi Yan's sketches and the process of creating the artwork for The Itty-Bitty Witch.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book from our list 11 Kids’ Books on Dealing with Loss, Grief, Illness and Trauma, A Terrible Thing Happened.

Whether your kids have a fascination with ocean animals or coral reefs or simply the salty water, these books are sure to enthrall all and inspire promising marine biologists and environmentalists.

The Best Family Friendly Podcasts for Kids: One way to keep readers interested and boost various aspects of literacy is by listening to podcasts.

Here are 10 glorious books that celebrate grandparents and their grandkids, too!

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is the very charming The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin.

The following picture books, all in their own unique way, provide reassurance.

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

Each with their own set of fitting bedtime story qualities, here are five fantastic picture books for sweet dreamers and curious explorers.

Find out what inspired Justine Avery to write sweet picture book What Wonders Do You See … When You Dream?

Justine Avery is the author of many books for kids and adults, and she is undoubtedly on a roll (pun intended) with this picture book addition.

I am an English Language Learner promotes cultural inclusivity, celebrates diversity, and encourages empathy.

Melissa Campesi tells us how her experience as an ESL teacher inspired her to write I Am An English-Language Learner.

This book details the courage it takes to not only learn a second language but to also assimilate into a new country.

Peppa, everyone’s favorite British pig, celebrates her birthday and is ready to play magnets with preschoolers everywhere.

From book reviews and lists for all ages to literacy tips and book giveaways, here are the top ten list of kids books and literacy articles that have been trending on The Children's Book Review . . .

We're happy to see Lupita Nyong'o's new picture book, Sulwe, on the bestsellers list.

We explore colonial America, togetherness, farming, and gratitude. Go forth and feast on these five titles. You can thank us later!

Possibly the best part about ReadingIQ is that you can have up to three kids per account and—drum roll—you can try it for free for 30 days.

From the bestselling author and illustrator team behind the GROWING HEARTS series comes a book about appreciation, gratefulness, and sharing.

Do you have a kid who is totally obsessed with sharks? This kit makes the perfect gift and could also be enjoyed in a classroom station setting.

The following five books are all centered around Buddhist teachings of lovingkindness, friendship, peace, acceptance, self-reflection, and happiness.

here's a sample routine that you can tweak and make your own, along with some books you can use to help create it and enable your kids to own it and enjoy their personalized routine.

Jessika von Innerebner, author-illustrator of Kevin the Unicorn: It’s Not All Rainbows, teaches us how to draw the fabulous Kevin—a unicorn who now knows that not every day has to be perfect.

Great for reading in October and beyond, the books on this list span all ages and range from fun to freaky. You'll find stories about monsters, pumpkins, skeletons, pirates, witches, ghosts, and more, for toddlers through teens and everyone in between.

Which five words best describe Pippa’s Night Parade? Lisa Robinson: Imagination-Creativity-Monsters-Books-Fashion

Author-Illustrator Bethan Woollvin is back with her third hilariously twisted fairy tale: HANSEL & GRETEL.

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

I am an English Language Learner promotes cultural inclusivity, celebrates diversity, and encourages empathy.

Melissa Campesi tells us how her experience as an ESL teacher inspired her to write I Am An English-Language Learner.

This book details the courage it takes to not only learn a second language but to also assimilate into a new country.

From book reviews and lists for all ages to literacy tips and book giveaways, here are the top ten list of kids books and literacy articles that have been trending on The Children's Book Review . . .

We explore colonial America, togetherness, farming, and gratitude. Go forth and feast on these five titles. You can thank us later!

Possibly the best part about ReadingIQ is that you can have up to three kids per account and—drum roll—you can try it for free for 30 days.

Great for reading in October and beyond, the books on this list span all ages and range from fun to freaky. You'll find stories about monsters, pumpkins, skeletons, pirates, witches, ghosts, and more, for toddlers through teens and everyone in between.

Author-Illustrator Bethan Woollvin is back with her third hilariously twisted fairy tale: HANSEL & GRETEL.

If a tale of both imagination and intellect appeal to you, The Boy Who Was Fire will likely have you thinking deeply.

Travel the world with this colorful and unique history atlas that’s easy enough for even young grade-schoolers to use.

A mixture of both contemporary and traditional stories, these fantastic fiction books are based on a variety of different themes: family, friendship, cultural pride, identity, and indigenous heritage.

This is The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs, and you'll never look at middle school the same way again.

Recently awarded the Gold Mom's Choice award, Matt Monroe and the Haunted House is an action packed adventure for children ages 9-12.

If reading a book about kids with special powers, who reside in a town that is home to a haunted house, sounds thrilling to you, then Matt Monroe and the Haunted House could be exactly what you are looking for.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is a book from our list 5 Books to Help Kids Find Calm Through Breathing and Visualization: Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids by Whitney Stewart.

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…

Which five words best describe Weird Little Robots? Carolyn Crimi: Quirky, magical, tender, scientific, funny.

Here are a few newer books that tell the stories of some of these women.  You may even learn a few new names!

Allison Steinfeld's latest book is Kid Activists written by Robin Stevenson for Quirk Books.

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.

The Best Family Friendly Podcasts for Kids: One way to keep readers interested and boost various aspects of literacy is by listening to podcasts.

As an adult, I still love books featuring sneaky spies, clever detectives, and intriguing mysteries. Here are a few great books to jumpstart a lifelong love of this genre.

From the author of 2018’s YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT, SHE’S THE WORST is the clever sister-drama you’ve been waiting for.

Lauren Spieller is an author and literary agent who lives in New York City with her husband. She is the author of Your Destination Is on the Left and She’s the Worst.

Here are five titles, from historical fiction to high fantasy, that I hope you’ll love as much as I do. 

Here’s a book to jolt readers right into back-to-school mode with its anxiety-inducing ‘new kid’ theme!

Elizabeth Lim is the author of Spin the Dawn (out 7.9.19 with Knopf BFYR) and Reflection: A Twisted Tale (Disney Press).

At its core, Up for Air is a story about where we find our self-worth. Author Laurie Morrison discusses her reading ad writing life.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission! These incredible books will guide readers through amazing Apollo missions, inspire them with stories of the many people that make space travel possible, and shed light on Earth's incredible moon. Prepare for takeoff

In this modern coming-of-age story, Kathryn Berla has successfully created appealing characters whose paths cross in unique and compelling ways.

We Are Not Yet Equal directly engages the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by so many young people in the past few years.

The Making of America: Susan B. Anthony is a volume likely to be valuable to any young person's investigation of American history and civil rights.

If you’re looking for a good fantasy book to transition from the young adult genre into the new adult genre, Michael Okon’s Witches Protection Program is your next read.