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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.

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull, by David A. Adler, is certain to provide hours of fun, and get your young physicist off to a great start.

7 New Release Picture Books We have 7 new picture book suggestions for you to read your way through.

Here are some of our favorite books and performances that my daughter would request over and over again.

Interactive as well as beautiful, An Alphabet in Bloom, by Nathalie Trovato, will help young readers build vocabulary, strengthen observational and critical thinking skills, and teach them about the natural world.

A bedtime story that encourages children to explore their imaginations and see the world through the eyes of others, tops off our best selling picture book list.

Readers are sure to be left fascinated and a little bit wiser after reading My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis, by Paul Meisel.

Writer and illustrator Marty Kelley lives in NH. His picture book, Twelve Terrible Things (Tricycle Press), received a starred review in School Library Journal and a glowing write-up in The New York Times by none other than Lemony Snickett.

We have 15 new picture book suggestions for you to read your way through.

These 4 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of June 2017.

Welcome is full of humor, love, and baby-friendly stimuli.

Perfect for summer reading and Father's Day, Gaia Cornwall's delightful story, Jabari Jumps, is our best selling picture book this month.

Papillon is an adorable book with beautiful illustrations that make you want to reach in to the page and pet the fluffiest kitty around.

All children should read Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! so they can learn its valuable lesson: if you don't worry about what others think and if you do everything in life with all your heart, then you will experience pure happiness.

Here are the five books that have inspired Victoria Kann's family and influenced them creatively.

Discover why Will Hillenbrand makes art, what inspires him, and the art medium he used to create his newest published book Share, Big Bear, Share!

Just in time for graduation season, the best selling picture book from our affiliate book store is The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin.

We have 20 new picture book suggestions for you to read your way through.

Introduce the youngest readers to the natural world, a literary masterpiece, a daddy-daughter treat, and colorful and captivating early concept board books.

If you thought that Dragons Love Tacos was as satisfyingly ludicrous as we did, then you and your fellow dragon/taco lovers are going to devour Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel with relish (or guacamole and mild salsa).

Here are five classic books Ruth Behar read and reread with her son, while her thoughts sometimes wandered . . .

Doris Wild Helmering discusses The Boy Whose Idea Could Feed The World, a nourishing and enriching read that promises something for everyone.

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull, by David A. Adler, is certain to provide hours of fun, and get your young physicist off to a great start.

Combine this book with a reading from your favorite Harry Potter book, and you’ve got a magical time ahead of you.

Got a young marine biologist or, more specifically, an ichthyologist in your house? It's time to dive right into these incredible kids books about sharks.

The book is a joy for lovers of JK Rowling’s Wizarding World, and would make an excellent gift for the Potterhead who has just about everything.

7 New Release Picture Books We have 7 new picture book suggestions for you to read your way through.

8 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond) We’ve picked 8 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of July.

If You Were Me And Lived In … Cuba, by Carole P. Roman, is a delightful representation of the vivid and unique culture in this small island country, and is sure to inspire young readers to learn more about other places in the world

A T-Rex and a Butterfly spring to life in these delightful craft books for children. Both books by KIKI LJUNG encourage imaginative play and a 3D model to build.

Readers are taken on a nature adventure as a little girl discovers round objects in all four seasons.

The Miss Bindergarten books can be used in the classroom as early as preschool and into the primary years.

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, with its engaging plot and appealing illustrations, should be every parent's go-to choice when introducing nonfiction to children.

Which five words best describe Survivor Diaries: Overboard!? Terry Lynn Johnson: Intense. Chilling. Immediate. Factual. Exciting.

A key contribution to supporting STEM education, My Amazing Body Machine introduces children to the complexity and ingenuity of their own bodies.

Here are some of our favorite books and performances that my daughter would request over and over again.

The Egg, by Britta Teckentrup, is an excellent way to show young readers that science is not necessarily incompatible with art, beauty, story, and culture.

Get to know Morris Mole from Dan Yaccarino’s Morris Mole, a heartwarming tale about finding your own courage.

Interactive as well as beautiful, An Alphabet in Bloom, by Nathalie Trovato, will help young readers build vocabulary, strengthen observational and critical thinking skills, and teach them about the natural world.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore.

Here's a lovely chance to listen in on author Kallie George and illustrator Stephanie Graegin as they discuss the delightful series Heartwood Hotel.

Doris Wild Helmering discusses The Boy Whose Idea Could Feed The World, a nourishing and enriching read that promises something for everyone.

The Boy Whose Idea Could Feed The World, by Doris Wild Helmering, is truly a nourishing and enriching read!

Combine this book with a reading from your favorite Harry Potter book, and you’ve got a magical time ahead of you.

Got a young marine biologist or, more specifically, an ichthyologist in your house? It's time to dive right into these incredible kids books about sharks.

The book is a joy for lovers of JK Rowling’s Wizarding World, and would make an excellent gift for the Potterhead who has just about everything.

8 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond) We’ve picked 8 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of July.

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, with its engaging plot and appealing illustrations, should be every parent's go-to choice when introducing nonfiction to children.

Which five words best describe Survivor Diaries: Overboard!? Terry Lynn Johnson: Intense. Chilling. Immediate. Factual. Exciting.

A key contribution to supporting STEM education, My Amazing Body Machine introduces children to the complexity and ingenuity of their own bodies.

Here are some of our favorite books and performances that my daughter would request over and over again.

Karen English is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner and the author of the Nikki and Deja and The Carver Chronicles series.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore.

The best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store makes perfect sense. 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, by Bianca Schulze, is a great tool for summer reading!

Get to know Stella Glass from Jaleigh Johnson’s The Quest to the Uncharted Lands, another magical and thrilling stand-alone adventure set in the world of Solace!

Amazing (Mostly) Edible Science is an ingenious way to introduce your children to the amazing world of science.

And so I present the Joe Ballarini Summer Reading List filled with adventure, humor, heart, and monsters galore.

Check out Mark Parisi’s selfie from the shelfie with Marty Pants: Do Not Open!

Phillip Pullman's storytelling is simply masterful. So grab your compass, follow the directions to the most comfortable reading spot you can find, and get ready to stay a while, because this is a real page turner.

Come along with award-winning author Loretta Neff on the Sip Tea with Mad Hatter awareness tour, as she engages young minds and instills the values that can shape and transform their lives .

Parents want a book that strikes the right balance between fact and fun for new science learners. How Machines Work: Zoo Break! does just that. Highly recommended.

The SEEKER series immediately draws you in, and is unique enough to demand second and third readings. Get to know a little more about the series and Arwen Elys Dayton.

Fans of Arwen Elys Dayton’s epic SEEKER series will be glued to their reading chairs with this sweeping finale.

5 New Books for Teens Are you looking for the next best young adult novels? This month we are going to share 5 new young adult books with you.

A rich and gratifying read that will leave you begging for the next installment, EMPIRE OF STORMS is the best book in the THRONE OF GLASS series so far.

Any fan of the books will delight in page after page of rich and seductive illustrations.

The Girl From Everywhere is utterly enthralling. It is fast-paced and punchy, whisking the reader along on a sea-voyage through time and space, myth and reality, and, above all, adventure after adventure.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore.

This month, the best selling young adult book from our affiliate store if Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25.

Daughter of the Pirate King, by Tricia Levenseller, is a rip-roaring good story with just the lightest touch of feminism.

And so I present the Joe Ballarini Summer Reading List filled with adventure, humor, heart, and monsters galore.

A Psalm for Lost Girls is not only a gripping detective thriller, but also a moving exploration of the human condition of helplessness.

On this list are two fantasies, two contemporaries, and one that’s best described as magical realism—five very different books in which I found myself completely absorbed.

Are you looking for the next best young adult novels? This month we are going to share 11 new young adult books with you.

We’ve picked 9 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of June.

Song of the Current is one of those fantasy novels in which a new world is created in such stunning detail and depth that it immediately feels like home.

Best Selling Books for Kids: Everything remains the same on our Best Selling Kids Book Series list for June . . .

This month, you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult titles including Flame in the Mist, by Renée Ahdieh; The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and The Sun is Also a Star, by the talented Nicola Yoon.

Get to know Dimple Shah from Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi, a charming romantic comedy about two young people who fall for each other in spite of themselves (Simon Pulse; May 30, 2017).

Author Emily Henry provides seven tricks for writing your follow-up novel.

Something for everyone: The Paranormal, Fortune Telling, Magical Realism, Reincarnation, a Budding Romance . . . and Murder!