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The Children's Book Review aims to help parents choose the best books for their kids. Named one of the ALSC Great Web Sites for Kids, this blog is powered by Bianca Schulze (and Luisa LaFleur, who reviews bilingual books). The Children's Book Review's slogan is "Growing Readers" -- and its goal is to "remember old favorites and search for new ones."
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1. A Whirlwind of Discovery: A Swiss Cheese Adventure | Book Giveaway

Enter to win an autographed paperback copy of A Whirlwind of Discovery: A Swiss Cheese Adventure, by Darleen Wohlfeil. Giveaway begins October 22, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 24, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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2. Uncle John’s Totally Quacked Bathroom Reader for Kids Only! | Book Giveaway

Enter to win an Uncle John's Bathroom Readers prize pack! Giveaway begins October 20, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 19, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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3. Topo’s Piano, by Harvey Stevenson | Dedicated Review

Topo's Piano encourages and inspires young budding musicians to create their own melodies and discover the many joys and gifts of music.

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4. The Code Busters Club Series, by Penny Warner | Book Series Giveaway

Enter to win a set of The Code Busters Club series by Penny Warner! Giveaway begins October 19, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 18, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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5. There’s a Bug in my Blossom, by J.C. Donaho | Dedicated Review

J.C. Donaho is a photography hobbyist that has combined his career in animal welfare and biomedical research, to create an early reader book well suited for young naturalists.

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6. My Writing and Reading Life: Darlene Beck Jacobson

Darlene Beck Jacobson has loved writing since she was a girl. She wrote letters to everyone she knew and made up stories in her head. She loves bringing the past to life in stories such as WHEELS OF CHANGE, her debut novel.

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7. Best Young Adult Books with Joli Huynh, Actin’ Up With Books

There are so many books published this season that quickly made it on my To-Be-Read list and I’ve had the opportunity to read a couple of them already. Most of the authors represented here have written books focused on relationships—friendships, romantic, and familial—and how they develop or change as the characters do.

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8. Chasing Power, by Sarah Beth Durst | Book Review

Chasing Power, by Sarah Beth Durst, is a fast-paced novel that has readers skipping across Mayan temples and ancient churches following a lovable and feisty heroine.

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9. Illustration Inspiration: Ruth Paul

Ruth Paul is an award-winning author and illustrator of ten picture books, including Hedgehog’s Magic Tricks. She works from a small straw-bale studio in the middle of a pasture just outside Wellington, New Zealand.

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10. Puddle Pug, by Kim Norman | Book Review

Puddle Pug, by Kim Norman, is a beautifully illustrated hardcover book that tells the story of a pug in the search for a perfect pond.

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11. Tristan Hunt Series Brings Ocean Science to Young Fiction Audience

Ellen Prager, PhD, ocean scientist and author, brings ocean science to the young fiction audience with her Tristan Hunt and the Sea guardian series.

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12. Orange Triangle Fox, by Sarah Jones | Book Review

Orange Triangle Fox is a sturdy and colorful board book that incorporates three learning opportunities into one! Each spread features a different animal, shape, and color with a darling illustration and clear and easy to read words.

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13. BZRK Series by Michael Grant | Book Series Giveaway

Enter to win a set of Michael Grant's BZRK series! Giveaway begins September 27, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 26, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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14. Adventures Of Meg: The Just In Case, starring Megan Holmes and Dr. Roxon | Book Giveaway

Enter to win an autographed paperback copy of Adventures Of Meg: The Just In Case, starring Megan Holmes and Dr. Roxon, by Ade Unwin. Giveaway begins October 9, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 8, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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15. Halloween Books: New Fall and Spook-Worthy Books for Kids

It's time to do the Halloween hustle and get books for Halloween into the hands of your ghouls and boys. Don't get spooked, all of these books are treats and not tricks!

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16. Children’s Book Trends on The Children’s Book Review | October 2014

This month's little peek at the current children's book trends on The Children's Book Review showcases Christmas books for kids, books on mindfulness and some best selling young adult books, as well as a wonderful literacy resource on where to find free ebooks for children.

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17. Houdini’s Tricks and How He Might Have Learnt Them

Simon Nicholson, author of YOUNG HOUDINI: THE MAGICIAN'S FIRE, discusses how he came up with the idea for his thrilling new series.

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18. A Christmas Star’s Wish, by James Jay Gordy | Dedicated Review

For families that embrace holiday decorating and love the tradition of placing a star atop of their tree, joy will be found in this familiar tale of good things come to those who wait.

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19. The Shadow Lantern, by Teresa Flavin | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a hardcover copy of The Shadow Lantern, by Teresa Flavin. Giveaway begins September 30, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 26, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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20. Best New Kids Stories | October 2014

Here are some awesome books for your "Little Humans." As usual, we've picked five kids books that we feel represent some of the best new kids stories

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21. Best Selling Picture Books | October 2014

Herve Tullet is a picture book hero! His best selling picture book Press Here (Chronicle Books, 2011) has been joined on the best selling picture book list by his incredibly fun Mix it Up!

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22. Best Selling Middle Grade Books | October 2014

This month we've seen some changes on the best selling middle grade books list due to the well timed releases of Jason Segel's Nightmares!—a great choice for the upcoming spooky season—and Mike Lupica's Fantasy League (Did somebody say football?).

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23. Mother’s Love Can Conquer Any Fear! by Subhash Kommuru | Dedicated Review

In Mother’s Love Can Conquer Any Fear!, author Subhash Kommuru and illustrator Sujata Kommuru have combined animals, storytelling, and expressive illustrations to successfully share the core values of family, community, and courage with young readers.

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24. Best Selling Young Adult Books | October 2014

This month, The Children's Book Review's number one best selling young adult book is The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy—a classic must-read for all Greek mythology fans.

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25. Best Selling Kids Series | October 2014

The Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science series is our best selling kids series this month and offers wonderful selections for seasonal science and beyond.

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