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Discover the Best Children’s Books by Age

 

Find books for Babies and Infants, Toddlers, Preschool Age, Grade School, Teens, and Young Adults.

 

Find the Best Children's Books by Age

 

By placing a high value on reading you are growing 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. At The Children’s Book Review’s we receive hundreds of books each month to consider for review. 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:

Books for Babies and Infants and Toddler Age Children, Ages 0-3

Books for Preschool to Elementary School Age Children, Ages 4-8

Books for Pre-Teens and Tweens, Ages 9-12

Books for Teens and Young Adults, Ages 13+

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.

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Children's Books by Age

Broccoli Rob and the Garden Singers is a bright and cheery picture book that encourages kindness, teamwork, and believing in oneself.

In Joshua Little and the Leaves, author Andrea Cluff has created an instant classic that will resonate with children and adults alike, particularly in these constantly changing times.

Join us on this virtual book tour for Cassie Hoyt's charming picture book Hatch!

From sweet to spooky and picture books to novels, we're excited to share with you our list of the best new Halloween books for kids.

Holly Hatam is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Dear Girl and Dear Boy, and now Dear Baby. Here she talks about why she makes art!

From color-themed board books, Spanish translations, enchanting illustrations, and zany interactions with crazy animals, here is a list of beautiful bilingual books (Spanish and English) for young readers.

Here's a new crop of audiobooks to engage you and your youngest listeners, ages 3-6+. 

Josh Funk is a software engineer and the author of books like the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, including Short and Sweet.

From beloved author-illustrator Nicola Killen comes a charming autumnal story about a little girl who must return a lost kitten to its home, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die-cut pages.

Hatch! provides a lovely introduction to the world of oviparous animals and lends itself well to a group or lap-time reading.

Mandy's Pet Shop: A Pet Shop for Monsters is a zany, zippy picture book bound to amuse readers and encourage them to keep an open mind.

If one were to look back at this historical moment, this book would be a beautiful reminder that your family used this time to heal. And the People Stayed Home is a pandemic must-have!

Wahoo! This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book near and dear to our hearts, Don't Wake the Dragon.

A set of Jump on the Bump would make an excellent choice for a classroom of beginner readers, as well as being a fantastic choice for at-home reading practice. Highly Recommended.

We're so excited to get roaring along with Bianca Schulze's DON'T WAKE THE DRAGON!

There are plenty of meaningful, educational, and social-emotional benefits to sharing personalized stories with kids. We've highlighted five of them here.

Kataneh Vahdani is a children’s book author and illustrator. Kat and Juju is her first picture book series. 

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.

Hansel and Gretel meets Jack and the Beanstalk in this entertaining and contemporary picture book fairy tale, The Burping Pumpkin.

Broccoli Rob and the Garden Singers is a bright and cheery picture book that encourages kindness, teamwork, and believing in oneself.

The following picture book selections will help kids (and you) remain mindful and connected during remote learning.

The holiday season is full of traditions, but have you heard of the Festival of the Elves? It's a welcome new Christmas custom that is as charming as the picture book that explains it!

Middle-grade listeners connect with many topics that touch their lives. In this month’s selections, we feature our standout listening recommendations for tweens ages 8 to 12.

In Joshua Little and the Leaves, author Andrea Cluff has created an instant classic that will resonate with children and adults alike, particularly in these constantly changing times.

Here we get to know all about Maureen Wright's writing and reading life, as well as her new picture book Super Rooster Saves the Day—a hilarious farmyard romp!

With an adorable main character, dressed in her cute one-piece red striped pajamas, What to Do About Your Monsters addresses messy feelings and fears.

What To Do About Your Monsters by Jessica Woo is a heartfelt story about a girl who has sleep issues. Join us on this virtual book tour!

Join us on this virtual book tour for Cassie Hoyt's charming picture book Hatch!

From sweet to spooky and picture books to novels, we're excited to share with you our list of the best new Halloween books for kids.

With a list of picture books and board books in the double digits, Sherri is making her chapter book debut with the sweet and funny Revver the Speedway Squirrel (Bloomsbury Children’s). It’s a fantastic segway from picture books to chapter books, especially for animal lovers and young revheads!

Get to know Lorena from Award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata’s Saucy, an irrepressible and heartwarming story about a girl and her ever-growing pig.

Holly Hatam is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Dear Girl and Dear Boy, and now Dear Baby. Here she talks about why she makes art!

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is New Kid by award-winning creator Jerry Craft.

From color-themed board books, Spanish translations, enchanting illustrations, and zany interactions with crazy animals, here is a list of beautiful bilingual books (Spanish and English) for young readers.

This adventurous tale of a boy and his dog, My Blank Page: The Power of Imagination by Tracy Weldon, demonstrates the endless possibilities of a blank page.

We're thrilled to share this conversation with Sophie Blackall in which we dove deep into the meaning and the creative process behind IF YOU COME TO EARTH.

Wholly fulfilling is two-time Caldecott award-winning author-illustrator Sophie Blackall’s If You Come to Earth, which is inspired by the thousands of children she has met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children.

Here's a new crop of audiobooks to engage you and your youngest listeners, ages 3-6+. 

Debut author Sean March's Little Wade and Watchtower is a dark, dangerous, and wholly exciting new series for middle grade readers.

Middle-grade listeners connect with many topics that touch their lives. In this month’s selections, we feature our standout listening recommendations for tweens ages 8 to 12.

From sweet to spooky and picture books to novels, we're excited to share with you our list of the best new Halloween books for kids.

With a list of picture books and board books in the double digits, Sherri is making her chapter book debut with the sweet and funny Revver the Speedway Squirrel (Bloomsbury Children’s). It’s a fantastic segway from picture books to chapter books, especially for animal lovers and young revheads!

Get to know Lorena from Award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata’s Saucy, an irrepressible and heartwarming story about a girl and her ever-growing pig.

In Boon On The Moon, the first book from The Booniverse, John extends his love of sci-fi/fantasy into storytelling for the page instead of the screen. We chatted with him about the story, his writing process, and the entertaining characters. Read on!

Boon on the Moon is a well-plotted sci-fi novel that feels authentically futuristic and will surely appeal to space-obsessed kiddos and those that love an exhilarating adventure.

An understanding of the United States Constitution—and the amendments—will provide them with fuel for getting involved and making a difference. The following books offer up digestible information.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is New Kid by award-winning creator Jerry Craft.

If you know an animal lover, this list of middle-grade novels includes five gorgeous tales that will pull on heartstrings, inspire, encourage, and most certainly entertain.

Readers who enjoy a blend of realism and fantasy are sure to be drawn to this adventurous story of loss, forgiveness, and mindfulness.

To learn more about BRADLEY'S DRAGONS, join us on this virtual book tour for Patrick Matthew's Bradley's Dragons.

A Whale of the Wild is a poignant animal adventure that demonstrates the importance of coming together in a crisis time.

A Whale of the Wild weaves a heart-stopping tale of survival with impeccable research on a delicate ecosystem and threats to marine life.

Join us on this virtual book tour for A Little Spark, by Chris Parsons.

Joke books should be part of every child's library, and here are five reasons why.

Which five words best describe Stealing Mt. Rushmore? Daphne Kalmar: Heartbreak, Hope, Awakening, Betrayal, Family

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is a title included in our book list 10 Enchanting Kids Books About Unicorn.

This is a book that will certainly unleash your creativity and you’ll most probably go on to design your own outrageous treehouse.

Thanks to the lively cast of characters, young listeners, ages seven and up, will readily follow this tale of an unlikely conqueror.

Debut author Sean March's Little Wade and Watchtower is a dark, dangerous, and wholly exciting new series for middle grade readers.

Whether they tackle issues head-on or use the election as the backdrop for an engaging story, here are some favorite election-themed books for teens!

An understanding of the United States Constitution—and the amendments—will provide them with fuel for getting involved and making a difference. The following books offer up digestible information.

Rosanne A. Brown discusses her debut novel, A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN—already on the New York Time’s Bestseller list!

An intricately detailed and enormously entertaining read, A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN will endlessly entertain teens and adults alike.

Young adult literature is powerful on audio with themes of identity, activism, and friendships. Teens can immerse themselves in these excellent listening experiences.

The Little Prince is a thin book with its mere ninety-eight pages, but don't be fooled; it's a brilliant book meant to be deeply thought about and to encourage you to build castles in the air.

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

Our Friendship Matters is punctuated by a message of hope that there is a future and a way forward through the problem of racial injustice.

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!