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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.

My Love Is with You Wherever You Go is one mother’s ode to her babies, with a nod to God and his “precious care” and “all the wonders He has given to share.”

The Children's Book Review | September 7, 2017 Topping off the list of best selling picture books from our affiliate store is a gentle story about the importance of sharing something special with friends Share, Big Bear, Share!, by Maureen Wright and Will Hillenbrand. You'll also find our hand selected titles of the most popular picture books from the nationwide best-selling picture books listed by The New York Times. Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted is a great choice for mini activists. The list also continues to host Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit. The Children's Book Review's Best Selling Picture Book   Share, Big Bear, Share! Written by Maureen Wright Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand Publisher’s Synopsis: Big Bear’s forest friends eye his berries hungrily, but he doesn’t notice as he digs into his delicious snack. When the old oak tree says, “Share, Big Bear, share,” he thinks the tree has said, “Hair, Big Bear, hair!” One comical scene follows another as Big Bear keeps misunderstanding the old oak tree’s message until things finally get sorted out. Whimsical illustrations highlight the humor in this gentle story about the importance of sharing something special with friends. Order a Copy Now: Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes and Noble Ages 3-7

8 New Release Board Books: Everyone wants to bring out the genius in their babies and toddlers, right? The 8 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of September 2017.

32 New Release Picture Books: Yes, you read that correctly. We have 32 excellent picture books to share with you this month. And there were so many more that we could have included, too!

An Interview with Brigette Barrager about Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True. Unicorns, Rainbows, and Illustrating Picture Books!

With a final message to readers about safety and conservation of electricity, Electricity in Your Life, by Bo-hyun Seo, is an ethical and fun introduction to science.

Come inside the studio of Erica Sirotich. Her artwork has graced kids' publications, toy packaging, greeting cards, websites, and apps.

With its striking black and orange wings, the monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic insects in nature; Laura Weston’s new lift-the-flap exploration invites readers to get up close, bringing these magnificent creatures to vivid life.

19 New Release Picture Books Our selection of best new picture books will give you plenty of outstanding reading material!

As the Life on Earth series demonstrates, asking questions, observing the world, and analyzing what you see is the best way to learn!

8 New Release Board Books Are you looking to engage your little ones with eye-catching and playful board books that are just right for their little hands?

Which five words best describe Double Take! A New Look at Opposites? Susan Hood: Closer reflections, new perceptions—perfection!

Lola Gets a Cat, by Anna McQuinn, is sweet and simple, and even the youngest children will enjoy hearing about Lola and her newly adopted cat.

This interactive board book teaches children not only about teamwork, but also the ability to create things with your own two hands, and knowing that we all have this capability in each of us.

Go To Sleep, by Marion Adams, is an adorable bedtime book with soothing prose and dreamy illustrations.

There’s nothing like a good picture book, and these rank at the top. The stories range from fun and silly to deep and meaningful.

A Cow on the Couch!, by Glen A. Penrod, is a picture book that describes what a group of young children see.

Topping off the list of best selling picture books from our affiliate store is The Book of Mistakes, a picture book about the creative process, and the way in which “mistakes” can blossom into inspiration.

Good Morning, World!, along with the rest of the books in this series, are perfect for teaching the ways of life and how important faith formation is in shaping youngsters.

Nate Ball is the Emmy Award-winning host of PBS’s Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. Here are his 5 truly awesome-sauce tips for inspiring curious young scientists

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.

We highly recommend Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump! by Carole P. Roman.

Come along with Carole P. Roman on the frightfully good Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump awareness tour.

Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate, tells a story of how family and friends can have such a great impact on your life.

I love novels that amuse, divert and make you think and genuinely feel. The five books for young people that I’ve selected all have these qualities in common.

Zombelina School Days is a delightful book that turns the zombie craze on its head, Zombelina is sure to please any kid who loves Halloween and all things spooky sweet!

Karen Banke's RiP tHe PaGe! AdVeNtUrEs In CrEAtIvE wRiTiNg (Roost Books/ Shambhala Publications, translated into Russian and soon Korean) helps to take the pressure off emerging and reluctant writers.

My Love Is with You Wherever You Go is one mother’s ode to her babies, with a nod to God and his “precious care” and “all the wonders He has given to share.”

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series for Kids, a kids book series of reference guides for book lovers of all ages and interests.

Children’s author Annie Parnell, the great-granddaughter of Betty MacDonald, is the creator of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book series. 60 years later, Parnell has joined forces with Ann M. Martin to create Missy Piggle-Wiggle.

For the month of September, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store. Also listed is the 5 books we selected from the nationwide best-selling hardcover middle grade list, as seen on The New York Times.

The Children's Book Review | September 7, 2017 Topping off the list of best selling picture books from our affiliate store is a gentle story about the importance of sharing something special with friends Share, Big Bear, Share!, by Maureen Wright and Will Hillenbrand. You'll also find our hand selected titles of the most popular picture books from the nationwide best-selling picture books listed by The New York Times. Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted is a great choice for mini activists. The list also continues to host Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit. The Children's Book Review's Best Selling Picture Book   Share, Big Bear, Share! Written by Maureen Wright Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand Publisher’s Synopsis: Big Bear’s forest friends eye his berries hungrily, but he doesn’t notice as he digs into his delicious snack. When the old oak tree says, “Share, Big Bear, share,” he thinks the tree has said, “Hair, Big Bear, hair!” One comical scene follows another as Big Bear keeps misunderstanding the old oak tree’s message until things finally get sorted out. Whimsical illustrations highlight the humor in this gentle story about the importance of sharing something special with friends. Order a Copy Now: Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes and Noble Ages 3-7

8 New Release Board Books: Everyone wants to bring out the genius in their babies and toddlers, right? The 8 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of September 2017.

17 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond): We’ve picked 17 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of September.

32 New Release Picture Books: Yes, you read that correctly. We have 32 excellent picture books to share with you this month. And there were so many more that we could have included, too!

Meg Cabot is the #1 New York Times―bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, with over 25 million copies of her books sold worldwide. Royal Crush, the third book in her middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, released this month. We asked Meg to share her top 5 favorite middle grade books

Check out Gigi Priebe’s selfie with The Long Way Home!

An Interview with Brigette Barrager about Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True. Unicorns, Rainbows, and Illustrating Picture Books!

WE ARE THE DINOSAURS, by Laurie Berkner, is a delightful romp into the musical, roar-tastic world of little dinosaurs.

In More Tales for Your Monkey’s Mind, author Steve Michael Reedy introduces a series of short stories with marvelous morals and interrelated themes.

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.

In Curiosity House The Shrunken Head, four orphans with unique abilities find themselves thrust into a murderous, madcap adventure.

We highly recommend Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump! by Carole P. Roman.

Come along with Carole P. Roman on the frightfully good Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump awareness tour.

Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate, tells a story of how family and friends can have such a great impact on your life.

These books, in particular, have intriguing, well-written characters and are beautifully written. They will make you think, which most good books do.

I love novels that amuse, divert and make you think and genuinely feel. The five books for young people that I’ve selected all have these qualities in common.

Karen Banke's RiP tHe PaGe! AdVeNtUrEs In CrEAtIvE wRiTiNg (Roost Books/ Shambhala Publications, translated into Russian and soon Korean) helps to take the pressure off emerging and reluctant writers.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series for Kids, a kids book series of reference guides for book lovers of all ages and interests.

Children’s author Annie Parnell, the great-granddaughter of Betty MacDonald, is the creator of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book series. 60 years later, Parnell has joined forces with Ann M. Martin to create Missy Piggle-Wiggle.

For the month of September, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store. Also listed is the 5 books we selected from the nationwide best-selling hardcover middle grade list, as seen on The New York Times.

Get to know Allie Navarro—seventh-grader/computer coder/soccer player—from Tamara Ireland Stone’s Click'd, an empowering novel for young girls that combines friendship and first crushes with computer programming.

17 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond): We’ve picked 17 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of September.

32 New Release Picture Books: Yes, you read that correctly. We have 32 excellent picture books to share with you this month. And there were so many more that we could have included, too!

Meg Cabot is the #1 New York Times―bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, with over 25 million copies of her books sold worldwide. Royal Crush, the third book in her middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, released this month. We asked Meg to share her top 5 favorite middle grade books

Check out Gigi Priebe’s selfie with The Long Way Home!

Jennifer Maschari is a classroom teacher and the author of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE and THINGS THAT SURPRISE YOU. She is hard at work on her next middle grade novel

11 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!

19 New Release Picture Books Our selection of best new picture books will give you plenty of outstanding reading material!

These books, in particular, have intriguing, well-written characters and are beautifully written. They will make you think, which most good books do.

I love novels that amuse, divert and make you think and genuinely feel. The five books for young people that I’ve selected all have these qualities in common.

Karen Banke's RiP tHe PaGe! AdVeNtUrEs In CrEAtIvE wRiTiNg (Roost Books/ Shambhala Publications, translated into Russian and soon Korean) helps to take the pressure off emerging and reluctant writers.

Ismée Williams is the author of WATER IN MAY. She discusses the art of writing about what you know.

Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult titles including The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution, by Vermont senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Emily Ziff Griffin is the author of Light Years, a novel for young adults published by Simon Pulse on September 5, 2017. She discusses wearing two hats in When a Film Producer Debuts a YA Novel.

17 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond): We’ve picked 17 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of September.

12 New Books for Teens: Yep! That's 12 of the next best young adult novels listed right here.

Sunshine is Forever, by Kyle T. Cowan, is a love at first sight story, but it is also a commentary on this trope and why it exists in the first place.

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.

Learn a little more about BODY PARTS, and Jessica Kapp as an author.

BODY PARTS is a perfect match for readers of light sci-fi and dystopias. Highly recommended.

Five YA books, selected by Chelsea Bobulski (author of The Wood), that need to be on your radar if they aren’t already . . .

Popular Books for Teens: Here you'll discover five books that we're highlighting from The New York Times' best selling hardcover young adult titles including The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

THESE RUTHLESS DEEDS is an exhilarating and intricate novel that combines two very different things into one sharp narrative.

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.