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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.

Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small as well as series titles That’s (Not) Mine, I Am (Not) Scared, and We Are (Not) Friends.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is so fitting for the times—it's definitely a favorite read of ours!

Inspiration makes a splash in this delightfully colorful board book!

These five gardening books are the perfect companions for some gentle garden exploration. All are excellent examples that highlight the many wonders the garden can hold for the young.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is an excellent choice for homeschooling and online learning: Matter: Physical Science for Kids from the Picture Book Science series.

We chatted with author and poet Raven Howell about her latest book, A Flock of Fun.

Yoko Tanaka has illustrated novels, including The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, and picture books, including Princessland by Emily Jenkins and Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker.

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.

The five bedtime stories featured in this list are sure to produce smiles for a myriad of different reasons that are unique to each author and illustrator's style. Peaceful smiles and laugh-induced smiles are sure to appear!

The pleasing sequencing in Penguin Sets Sail will have children readily interpreting the pictures, making connections to the story and the characters. This picture book is an excellent choice for any young storyteller or storytime listener.

Learn to change the world with these five kids' books perfect for raising young leaders!

A FLOCK OF FUN is a fun choice for a stress-free bedtime story! All readers, young and old, will surely relate to the young boy’s restless night of sleep.

From award-winning children's author and poet Raven Howell, comes an adorable picture book in which a young child discovers the solution for falling asleep.

Which five words best describe World So Wide? Alison McGhee: Wonder. Love. New. Gentle. Family.

Which five words best describe The Heart of a Whale? Anna Pignataro: Hopeful, heart-warming, soulful, magical, comforting.

We pulled titles from the bookshelves, made piles, discussed, reminisced, and then voted. Here are the results:

In addition to her lifelong acting career, Danica McKellar is an internationally-recognized mathematician and advocate for math education.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is the fantastic Grumpy Monkey! Highly Recommended!

As companion pieces or as individual reads, these two volumes provide a great introduction to nature for young readers.

Ged Adamson's picture books include A Fox Found a Box; Douglas, You Need Glasses!; Shark Dog!; Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed); and Bird Hugs!

Which five words best describe The Fort? Laura Perdew: Celebrating imagination, compromise, adventure, forts!

Ellen is stuck at home. There's no school and no friends, and Mom is working all the time. It seems terrible until she learns about the choice each day offers: GET through it or GROW through it.

A whimsical tail full of witty puns that readers will surely love, this mermaid book is perfect for ocean-obsessed kids. There’s relatable school drama, grumpy pet fish, and a spine-tingling adventure. What more could a kid ask for?

It's silly and fun, and Stick Dog and his companions are hilarious (and Stick Dog is rather witty). Readers will feel like they're in on the story, reading Stick Dog's journal.

Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small as well as series titles That’s (Not) Mine, I Am (Not) Scared, and We Are (Not) Friends.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is a title included in the list of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up!

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is so fitting for the times—it's definitely a favorite read of ours!

Karen Benke has a handwritten letter + envelope surprise subscription for kids, to get them interested in snail mail.

Just as much for the adults who will read it to their beloveds, I Dreamed You would make the ideal baby shower or Mother's Day gift.

With adorable animals, adventure, and a touch of mystery, HOME AGAIN, the final book of the Heartwood Hotel series, is as sweet and satisfying as a well-baked acorn cake.

Which five words best describe Bear and Fred: A World War II Story? Iris Argaman: Home. Friendship. Journey. Thread. Loneliness.

New York Times bestselling illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos teaches us how to draw a Yawn from The Yawns Are Coming!

Thea Stilton and the Treasure Seekers is a perfect addition to the Stilton universe!

Trees: A Rooted History is a beautiful, fascinating volume that any young botanist will surely treasure.

If a tale of love at first sight is up your alley, then A Christmas Love Story: Nicholas Nutcracker & Brittany Ballerina is bound to fill the hearts of any who read it.

These five gardening books are the perfect companions for some gentle garden exploration. All are excellent examples that highlight the many wonders the garden can hold for the young.

Any child that loves a true story is bound to enjoy this first-ever biography of Michael Bond and how the iconic Paddington Bear came to be—highly recommended.

This Way, Charlie. It’s a wonderful friendship story between a blind horse and a grumpy goat written by Caron Levis.

Australian author Stuart French compels young readers to take care of their planet in his engaging debut picture book, Remembering Mother Nature.

Which five words best describe The List of Things That Will Not Change? Rebecca Stead: Honest, Emotional, Hopeful, Human, and, ultimately, Joyful. 

Ellen is stuck at home. There's no school and no friends, and Mom is working all the time. It seems terrible until she learns about the choice each day offers: GET through it or GROW through it.

A whimsical tail full of witty puns that readers will surely love, this mermaid book is perfect for ocean-obsessed kids. There’s relatable school drama, grumpy pet fish, and a spine-tingling adventure. What more could a kid ask for?

It's silly and fun, and Stick Dog and his companions are hilarious (and Stick Dog is rather witty). Readers will feel like they're in on the story, reading Stick Dog's journal.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is a title included in the list of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up!

Karen Benke has a handwritten letter + envelope surprise subscription for kids, to get them interested in snail mail.

With adorable animals, adventure, and a touch of mystery, HOME AGAIN, the final book of the Heartwood Hotel series, is as sweet and satisfying as a well-baked acorn cake.

Which five words best describe Bear and Fred: A World War II Story? Iris Argaman: Home. Friendship. Journey. Thread. Loneliness.

Thea Stilton and the Treasure Seekers is a perfect addition to the Stilton universe!

Trees: A Rooted History is a beautiful, fascinating volume that any young botanist will surely treasure.

Any child that loves a true story is bound to enjoy this first-ever biography of Michael Bond and how the iconic Paddington Bear came to be—highly recommended.

Which five words best describe The List of Things That Will Not Change? Rebecca Stead: Honest, Emotional, Hopeful, Human, and, ultimately, Joyful. 

Do your days sometimes feel boring? Does it seem as though there is just nothing to do? Milo, the main character from The Phantom Tollbooth, can relate.

Favorite chapter books for kids so that if you find yourself in a rut, or simply just need a book recommendation to enjoy with your children, you have a quick list to reference.

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.

We have included an award-winning audiobook adapted from an award-winning graphic novel, along with four more outstanding, and emotional listens that we hope your tweens will enjoy.

Hello, Universe is a must-read story that celebrates friendship, courage, empathy, and finding one's voice.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is perfect for some armchair traveling and putting together a list of places to visit sometime in the near future: Lonely Planet Kids' America's National Parks.

Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. To learn more, join us on this virtual book tour!

The Deceivers is the second thrilling book in bestselling author Margaret Haddix Peterson’s Greystone Secrets series, pegged, rightly so, as being perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time.

We chatted with Wesley King about collaborating with basketball legend Kobe Bryant ( August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) on the New York Times bestselling Wizenard series, the latest book Season One, and the future of the series.

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!

I recommend reading the following Holocaust stories with your children. As I said above: We must not forget. We must remember. And we must not repeat!

We talked to Danielle Svetcov about why she chose to write this particular story, as well as discussing some of her favorite children's books, and also got some hot tips for aspiring authors.

Danielle Svetcov's Parked will appeal to readers of books like Dan Gemeinhart's The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise and Katherine Applegate's Wishtree.

Are you looking for some gift ideas for the writer, bookworm, book club friends, or the lover of literature in your life? The following are some of our personal favorite finds!

It brings us so much delight to share some of our absolute favorite collectible books! There is something so insanely special about receiving a beautiful boxed set of books.

Here are some new Harry Potter books and gifts for your favorite Potterhead.

The subscription ideas we have for you here range from a monthly audiobook subscription to a monthly gift-wrapped book box subscription to annual subscriptions to our favorite educational apps. These are unique gifts that will definitely earn you cool-status with the recipient.

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.