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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.

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!

Koobville: Book Monsters Library Day would be a fantastic addition to any classroom and/or school library.

If spreading kindness is important to you—and we hope it is—Dynomike: Pay it Forward is a winner. It’s upbeat, cheery, and full of high-fives!

We can't get enough of these amazing picture books! Here are 25 titles that we're willing to call the best picture books of 2019.

These are our picks for the best board books of 2019. Ready. Set. Read!

Here are five picture books that will help you learn to be proud of who you are!

The Door to the Moon is a sweet, illustrated bedtime story in which Taye discovers, as the title suggests, a door to the moon.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is super exciting to us! A bunch of you have pre-ordered our most anticipated picture book of 2020, Don’t Wake the Dragon.

If an introduction on the topic of equal rights and activism is on your agenda, starting with Baby Trolls Gets a Bad Rap would be a great choice!

Bill Cotter is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Don’t Push the Button! series, now with over 1 million copies sold worldwide.

Your young readers are going to love these five splashtacular kids' books about bathtime. Dive right in and read away!

From meditation to yoga to eating healthy, here are five sweetly illustrated kids' books that encourage mindfulness through genuine, loving, and wise words.

Find out what inspired Jennifer Dawson to write Danny and the Moon.

Danny and the Moon is short, sweet, and perfect for any young reader—in particular, readers who have a strong sense of curiosity and who love to giggle.

There's no doubt about it! Our most-anticipated picture book of 2020 is Don't Wake the Dragon—written by bestselling author and the founder of The Children's Book Review Bianca Schulze.

Watching birds soar through the sky or nest in a tree are some of the simplest pleasures that we can foster in our children. Following is a description of bird-themed books that will surely spark the interest of even the youngest readers.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is the incredibly heartwarming and moving story, The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown.

Daniel Hahn is an author, editor, and award-winning translator. Here he shares his thoughts on the art of translating picture books.

Supriya Kelkar’s books include Ahimsa, The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh, and American as Paneer Pie, among others.

A collaborative effort created by author Jay Dee and seven illustrators during the COVID-19 pandemic, Grow Through It! is a picture book that encourages and demonstrates a positive mindset for facing tough times.

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.

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.

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.

The Wizenard Series: Season One is an inspiring, encouraging, and must-read novel for any baller or sports enthusiast!

The CLOUDLAND series, about a magical world hidden from our eyes in the clouds, is the first project Chip Hill has launched since his retirement.

Cloudland is a delightful new world ready and waiting for young readers to escape into.

The entire collection offers an enchanting world that feels both familiar and imaginary, allowing readers to immerse themselves freely in priceless life lessons.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is the 1945 Newbery Honor winner

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.

Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists.

Here are 5 outstanding and award-winning audiobooks to engage your youngest listeners ages 4-6+.

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

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.

Gloria Chao discusses Our Wayward Fate, her writing, and what's to come.

Author Gloria Chao delivers humor with a dose of reality in this charming sophomore book.

Just for fun, we asked Nicole Valentine (A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity) to tell us about her five favorite upper middle grade reads…

The DK Smithsonian Timelines of Everything presents information in the form of a chronologically ordered set of time-lines, ranging from the events of pre-history through to the modern world, and drawn from cultures all over the world.

The Best Family Friendly Podcasts for Kids: One way to keep readers interested and boost various aspects of literacy is by listening to podcasts.

As an adult, I still love books featuring sneaky spies, clever detectives, and intriguing mysteries. Here are a few great books to jumpstart a lifelong love of this genre.

From the author of 2018’s YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT, SHE’S THE WORST is the clever sister-drama you’ve been waiting for.

Lauren Spieller is an author and literary agent who lives in New York City with her husband. She is the author of Your Destination Is on the Left and She’s the Worst.

Here are five titles, from historical fiction to high fantasy, that I hope you’ll love as much as I do. 

Here’s a book to jolt readers right into back-to-school mode with its anxiety-inducing ‘new kid’ theme!

Elizabeth Lim is the author of Spin the Dawn (out 7.9.19 with Knopf BFYR) and Reflection: A Twisted Tale (Disney Press).

At its core, Up for Air is a story about where we find our self-worth. Author Laurie Morrison discusses her reading ad writing life.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission! These incredible books will guide readers through amazing Apollo missions, inspire them with stories of the many people that make space travel possible, and shed light on Earth's incredible moon. Prepare for takeoff

In this modern coming-of-age story, Kathryn Berla has successfully created appealing characters whose paths cross in unique and compelling ways.

We Are Not Yet Equal directly engages the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by so many young people in the past few years.

The Making of America: Susan B. Anthony is a volume likely to be valuable to any young person's investigation of American history and civil rights.

If you’re looking for a good fantasy book to transition from the young adult genre into the new adult genre, Michael Okon’s Witches Protection Program is your next read.

To learn more about THE KNOWING, come along with author Brit Lunden on this virtual book tour and be sure to enter the giveaway for a signed copy and a $50 Amazon gift card!

Boots on the Ground offers young people a taste of historical documentary that feels relevant and fresh in the modern world.