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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.

It’s Just a Bunnypalooza, is the third book in the series. Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco discuss this latest book here

It’s Just a Bunnypaloozais a toe-tapping picture book. In it, bubbly Lizzy discovers a new talent inspired by a bunch of adorable bunnies, but not before dealing with a little bit of self-doubt.

Choose five of our family’s favorite children’s books? Impossible! There are just TOO many we love! So, how to choose? Hey . . . five kids . . . five family favorites . . . should be simple, right?

Filled with simplistic illustrations and bold, beautiful colors, these board books are perfect to catch the attention of even the smallest children.

Take a breath. Inhale. Exhale. Read your way to a calmer day with 5 books For raising happy, calm, and resilient kids.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is The Wonderful Things You Will Be, written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin.

Do Not Lick This Book is fun and educational – a real treat.

This pair of picture books makes a great set of books perfect for the child getting glasses, or for the classroom. Both are highly recommended.

Henry Winterbottom and the Feeling Rainbow has been written and illustrated to help children understand emotions through Henry’s experience with a colorful spectrum of feelings.

Henry Winterbottom and the Feeling Rainbow, a delightful tale about a creative child named Henry, is aimed at introducing children to emotions.

These 2 books are special—encouraging each of us, children and adults alike, that we are all enough just as we are

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is Ocean Meets Sky (A 2018 TCBR Best Book of the Year), written and illustrated by the Fan Brothers—a stunning picture book about a young boy who sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about…the spot where the ocean meets the sky.

6 Performing Arts Books for Theater Kids selected by thespian Jenna Gavigan, author of Lulu the Broadway Mouse.

In our fifth installment of the “Learn to Draw on TCBR” series, Jeff Mack teaches us how to draw his duck from Duck on a Disco Ball (Two Lions, 2018).

Here are 19 of our favorite non-fiction picture books from 2018—and be sure to check out our list of the best fiction picture books from 2018.

With so many amazing picture books to choose from, this was a hard list to put together. Here are 24 of our faves that we think you'll love just as much as we do!

This list represents some of our favorite board books—the board books we feel represented the best of 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

Which five words best describe Giraffe Problems? Jory John: A tale of two necks.

Tis the season for baby’s first Christmas books to snuggle with on cold winter nights!

In our fourth installment of the “Learn to Draw on TCBR” series, Jared Chapman teaches us how to draw a T.Rex from T.Rex Time Machine (Chronicle Books, 2018). Dinos, giggles, and time travel

With a diverse and expertly drawn cast of characters, simple and engaging text, and a core story that touches the heart, THE VERY LAST CASTLE is a delight that should not be missed.

Author Sonya Annita Song and illustrator Kate Fallahee take the well-known story of a child not wanting to go to school, and turn it completely upside down in this humorous picture book.

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth explains how our planet works—and how we can protect it—from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants, to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the cycles of nature, and more.

It’s Just a Bunnypalooza, is the third book in the series. Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco discuss this latest book here

It’s Just a Bunnypaloozais a toe-tapping picture book. In it, bubbly Lizzy discovers a new talent inspired by a bunch of adorable bunnies, but not before dealing with a little bit of self-doubt.

Choose five of our family’s favorite children’s books? Impossible! There are just TOO many we love! So, how to choose? Hey . . . five kids . . . five family favorites . . . should be simple, right?

Christy Hale succeeds in turning a straightforward vocabulary primer into exploration of a complex geographical concept: the way in which land and water are interlinked and interdependent.

The Big Book of 100 Outdoor Activities not only provides a wealth of such activities but – even better – it situates them outside, keeping the living-room carpet blissfully free of glue. 

Catherine Doyle has created a magical story that will delight young readers looking for a fresh fantasy.

Pipsqueak the Puppy is an endearing picture book about the runt of a puppy litter who learns that you do not have to be big and fast to win at things.

This picture book shows that adventure and new experiences can lead to wonderful things, and that a little freedom and space to explore can lead to some self-discovery—we too can blossom, just like the pink magnolia flower.

Karen Benke is the author of several books, including Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing, Leap Write In! featuring more adventures in creative writing, and Write Back Soon: Adventures in Letter Writing.

Bridges!: With 25 Science Projects for Kids is a fun read, and a wonderful role-model: a great new addition to children’s non-fiction.

In I'm Sad, everybody laughs. Flamingo feels a bit better. But still a bit sad. Which is okay.

Take a breath. Inhale. Exhale. Read your way to a calmer day with 5 books For raising happy, calm, and resilient kids.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is Alicia D. Williams' Genesis Begins Again.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is The Wonderful Things You Will Be, written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin.

Do Not Lick This Book is fun and educational – a real treat.

This pair of picture books makes a great set of books perfect for the child getting glasses, or for the classroom. Both are highly recommended.

Henry Winterbottom and the Feeling Rainbow has been written and illustrated to help children understand emotions through Henry’s experience with a colorful spectrum of feelings.

Get To Know Duck Embry from Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester’s The Fang of Bonfire Crossing, "rip-roaring" middle-grade adventure.

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth explains how our planet works—and how we can protect it—from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants, to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the cycles of nature, and more.

Jake Burt is an award-winning author of middle grade fiction, including Greetings from Witness Protection!, The Right Hook of Devin Velma, The Tornado (Fall 2019), and Cleo Porter and the Body Electric (Fall 2020).

From the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt, Rob Buyea, comes the sequel to The Perfect Score. Learn about The Perfect Secret and Rob's writing and reading life.

he Fox Girl and the White Gazelle presents many great talking points such as: the idea of belonging and what that means to each of us, and how we treat people who we see as outsiders.

The Big Book of 100 Outdoor Activities not only provides a wealth of such activities but – even better – it situates them outside, keeping the living-room carpet blissfully free of glue. 

Alley-Oop! Ez and the Intangibles grabs the reader and dunks them right into this sports-story-with-a-valuable-twist.

Catherine Doyle has created a magical story that will delight young readers looking for a fresh fantasy.

Karen Benke is the author of several books, including Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing, Leap Write In! featuring more adventures in creative writing, and Write Back Soon: Adventures in Letter Writing.

Bridges!: With 25 Science Projects for Kids is a fun read, and a wonderful role-model: a great new addition to children’s non-fiction.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is Alicia D. Williams' Genesis Begins Again.

Padma Venkatraman is the author of The Bridge Home. She was born in Chennai, India, and became an American citizen after attaining a Ph.D. in oceanography.

Which five words best describe Saving Winslow? Sharon Creech: Gentle, funny, Creechian, sincere, poignant

Peter Bunzl, the Author of Cogheart, Shares Five Steampunk Stories

In our sixth installment of the “Learn to Draw on TCBR” series, just like in his book Let's Make Comics, Jess Smart Smiley teaches us how to make a comic.

Genesis Begins Again is Alicia D. Williams' debut novel. Read all about it!

Get To Know Rex Gallagher from Beth Vrabel’s The Reckless Club, a new middle-grade Breakfast Club drama set in a old folks' home.

The Children's Book Review | January 30, 2019 This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is TCBR founder Bianca Schulze's 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up—the must-read reference guide for book lovers of all ages! Also listed are the 5 books we selected from the nationwide best-selling hardcover middle grade list, as seen on The New York Times. All of these books are wonderful choices for tweens and middle schoolers. The Children’s Book Review’s Best Selling Middle Grade Book   101 Books To Read Before You Grow Up Written by Bianca Schulze Publisher’s Synopsis: 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up provides a comprehensive list of kid-friendly books for children to read before they grow up. This must-read review list acts as an interactive journal where kids can document the books they read, why they like them, and how they rate them. Divided into sections by subject, from fairy tales and fantasy to sports and nonfiction, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Upcelebrates the importance of reading and encourages family participation to develop lifelong readers. The perfect reference guide for book lovers of all ages, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up helps both kids and parents decide which books to

Here are five classic nonfiction survival tales written for adults—to be read and passed on to young readers with a taste for adventure.

In The Mystery of the Lost Map, readers are introduced to Cowboy Little and Cowboy Small, two brothers that share a thirst for adventure and mischief.

Get To Know Duck Embry from Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester’s The Fang of Bonfire Crossing, "rip-roaring" middle-grade adventure.

Jake Burt is an award-winning author of middle grade fiction, including Greetings from Witness Protection!, The Right Hook of Devin Velma, The Tornado (Fall 2019), and Cleo Porter and the Body Electric (Fall 2020).

Brigid Kemmerer discusses A Curse So Dark and Lonely, a NYT Bestseller.

There have been a number of Beauty and the Beast retellings, but author Brigid Kemmerer’s dark and progressive take on the classic is unique and exhilarating.

he Fox Girl and the White Gazelle presents many great talking points such as: the idea of belonging and what that means to each of us, and how we treat people who we see as outsiders.

In The Bear, The Bull and the Child of Light - A Prehistoric Novel readers are transported into the very early years of the region that would now be considered Turkey.

Padma Venkatraman is the author of The Bridge Home. She was born in Chennai, India, and became an American citizen after attaining a Ph.D. in oceanography.

Peter Bunzl, the Author of Cogheart, Shares Five Steampunk Stories

Genesis Begins Again is Alicia D. Williams' debut novel. Read all about it!

Here are five classic nonfiction survival tales written for adults—to be read and passed on to young readers with a taste for adventure.

6 Performing Arts Books for Theater Kids selected by thespian Jenna Gavigan, author of Lulu the Broadway Mouse.

We know a good book when we see one. In 2018, we saw 18 of them that we're happy to call the best young adult books of 2018!

Chula the Fox makes a great addition to the important “own voice” movement, in which the main character and author share an identity. Filled with hard truths and the importance of family, this is an enthralling middle grade novel deserving of a spot on home and library bookshelves.

Liberty Frye and the Emperor’s Tomb is the third book in a wonderful series of adventures. Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen and Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate are the first two installments in the trilogy.

Enter for a chance to win a prize pack of books, including We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide. Giveaway begins December 20, 2018, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends January 20, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series.

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.

The carefully curated lists will aim to fulfill the desires of each individual young reader on your 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.

This new collection from Lee Bennett Hopkins and Abrams Books is so effective: combining the visual pleasure of master works of art with poetry which is fresh, new, and uniquely tailored to the experiences of young readers, this volume brings both poetry and art to life.