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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.

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.

Here are five family favorites that stand out the most to Lauren Abbey Greenberg, author of The Battle of Junk Mountain.

Here’s a list of adorable board books to snuggle up with, featuring fuzzy bunnies and curious chicks that will get you ready for Spring surprises. 

Back in January we selected Little Mouse's Big Breakfast as a best new picture book of 2018, this month it is the best selling picture from our affiliate store.

We have 10 excellent picture books to share with you this month.

The 3 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of March 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

Come and see Peggy Archer’s selfie with her picture book A Hippy-Hoppy Toad!

Which five words best describe your new picture book Honey? David Ezra Stein: Wanting. Waiting. Forgetting. Getting! Losing.

Choosing only five is impossible, but here are some Tara Luebbe's (co-author of I Am Famous) favorite picture books.

Xander’s Story, by Alejandro and Christopher Garcia-Halenar, tells the story of how one little boy, Xander, came to be the son of his two loving dads through surrogacy.

Just a few weeks ago, author Jennifer Adams shared a beautiful article with us: Empowering Our Children to Find Strength in Kindness. Topping off the list of best selling picture books from our affiliate store this month is Adams' empowering picture book, I Am a Warrior Goddess. 

These are books that have achieved “The Book As Art” award in my mind and are inspiring my work right now.

POOR LOUIE is a hilariously relatable book for children (and if they could read, pets!). Louie echoes what many children are sure to think as preparations are being made for a new addition.

It’s Raining Elephants is the collective name of Swiss duo Nina Wehrle and Evelyne Laube, who founded their own illustration studio in 2008. They have created several children’s books.

Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Verdick share three each of their family favorite kids books!

Discover Alma and How She Got Her Name! The winner of a 2018 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, Juana Martinez-Neal is still writing the story of her life.

In Davy’s Pirate Ship Adventure, young readers and their grown ups will love joining Davy on his pirate ship adventure, especially if rhyming books are typically a favorite.

Victor will delight young readers that enjoy stories about horses, moving to a new home, and figuring out how to pursue a goal. Older readers will appreciate reading about how a strong girl and the love of a horse can be an inspiration.

With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.

Matthew Landis, Author of The Not-So-Boring Letters of Private Nobody, shares 5 of his favorite middle grade books

A Chat with Borlen, aka Grump, From Liesl Shurtliff's Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves—meet a grumpy dwarf who gets tangled up in Snow White's feud with the wicked queen.

Kaley McKean is an illustrator based in Toronto. Howl Like a Wolf was her first book. It takes an imaginative approach to learning that fosters curiosity, empathy, and dramatic play.

In this latest addition to the Dog Tales Collection, author Patricia A. Brill, PhD has created a story dedicated to children who stand up to bullies and support each other.

Silly Scientists Take a Peeky at the Solar System makes for a fun STEAM-themed read-aloud—especially when paired with the animated music video version that can be found on YouTube.

The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch, is short and sweet and funny, and empowers young girls to be true to themselves.

Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky tells the story of his life from the point of view of the artist’s restless quest for vision and creation, culminating with the satisfaction of finally completing The Night Sky.

The most popular kids book series sold this past month was Robert Beatty's spooky historical mystery-thriller Serafina series.

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

Steve Underwood’s The Borrowed Princess, the first in The Daughters of the Lost King series, presents a strong story of adventure, relationships, and royal family alliance-building.

Captain Superlative: Debut author J.S. Puller delivers an inspirational story full of heart, humor, and breathtaking revelations.

For the month of May, the very exciting novel Serafina and the Black Cloak is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

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.

Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Verdick share three each of their family favorite kids books!

Matthew Landis, Author of The Not-So-Boring Letters of Private Nobody, shares 5 of his favorite middle grade books

A Chat with Borlen, aka Grump, From Liesl Shurtliff's Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves—meet a grumpy dwarf who gets tangled up in Snow White's feud with the wicked queen.

The most popular kids book series sold this past month was Robert Beatty's spooky historical mystery-thriller Serafina series.

Steve Underwood’s The Borrowed Princess, the first in The Daughters of the Lost King series, presents a strong story of adventure, relationships, and royal family alliance-building.

Captain Superlative: Debut author J.S. Puller delivers an inspirational story full of heart, humor, and breathtaking revelations.

For the month of May, the very exciting novel Serafina and the Black Cloak is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

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.

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

Leslie Mechanic is a Senior Designer at Penguin Random House where she oversees design for middle-grade titles from concept to final product.

Marcus Emerson is the author of the hit Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series and the Secret Agent 6th Grader series. Check out his selfie with The Super Life of Ben Braver.

In books, readers can find people just like them. They can see how others navigated struggles and solved problems.

Here are some of Russell Ginns, author of Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans, favorite puzzling books, and a few clever classics, too.

Get to know The Train of Lost Things from Ammi-Joan Paquette’s novel The Train of Lost Things—a magical story about a boy's love for his dying father and his journey to the mythic Train of Lost Things.

Which five words best describe The Parker Inheritance? Varian Johnson: Puzzle mystery, contemporary, historical, fun!

This picture-book tells the heart-breaking story of James Castle, an artist who grew up unloved by his family and community because of his deafness.

Here are five family favorites that stand out the most to Lauren Abbey Greenberg, author of The Battle of Junk Mountain.

Scott Magoon has been designing, writing, and illustrating books for young readers since 2003. Be inspired by Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. Remaining the same as last month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series For Kids (Walter Foster Jr.).

For the month of April, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

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.

There are so many amazing books releasing this year it was hard to choose just five, but here goes…

The book is a gripping read that will attract older teens who are able to contextualize the detailed descriptions of violence, adult topics and language, and small-town conflict that was indicative of the era

Elizabeth Partridge is a National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor winner, and author of Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam.

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.

9 New Books for Teens: In this list, you will discover 9 of the best young adult novels that release during the month of March.

Middle grade is an exciting, creative field of literature. It was hard to pick five favorite books, but this is a narrowed-down list of books Diane Magras reread again and again . . .

Patricia O’Connell Pearson is a former history teacher with a B.A. in history and a master’s degree in education. Her nonfiction for ages ten and up—Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII—was released by Simon and Schuster in February, 2018.

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.

Ashley Woodfolk, author of The Beauty That Remains, selected these young adult books.