highly recommended


After 140 years, Tom Sawyer is still a beloved character

Jane Fagan | 26 Aug 2016

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

No one captures the heart of a young boy like Mark Twain.

Woman saves 1,000 during WWII

Jane Fagan | 4 Aug 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

The story of Nancy Wake, war heroine

The adventures of the next Harry Potter generation

Susan Reibel Moore | 3 Aug 2016

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

A play in two parts by Jack Thorne, drawing on a story by J.K. Rowling

Music has charms to soothe a savage ghost

Jane Fagan | 18 Jul 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

An engrossing thriller set in Victorian England

Book Reviews
What 'The Jungle Book' gets right about rules

Stephanie Cohen | 30 Jun 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Kipling put words into the mouths of animals to teach us about ourselves.

A picture perfect book for vacation reading

Jennifer Minicus | 20 Jun 2016

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

A picture book worth the investment

A salt-of-the-earth book favourite entertains generations of children

Jane Fagan | 8 Jun 2016

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

A classic adventure not to be missed!

Why helicopter parents need to read 'The Trumpet of the Swan'

Stephanie Cohen | 15 May 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Sometimes even parents are in need of redemption.

"Lest we forget"

Jane Fagan | 2 May 2016

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

A young boy recounts the story of his teddy bear.

Growing Up: being Southern Black in the 1930's

Susan Reibel Moore | 27 Apr 2016

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

9-year-old Cassie Logan is one of literature's most endearing heroines.

Growing Up: Tevye and the Jews

Susan Reibel Moore | 18 Apr 2016

written for ages 18 + | highly recommended

The best reason to marry someone is love.

Growing Up: Little Women

Susan Reibel Moore | 13 Apr 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

The first in a series of articles about coming of age books.

Loyalty never goes out of style

Jennifer Minicus | 6 Apr 2016

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

Randal does what is right despite the cost.

Rain keeps the Big Bad Wolf indoors

Jennifer Minicus | 3 Feb 2016

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

A twist on the traditional Little Three Pigs.

Everyone needs a friend

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Jan 2016

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

Everyone has a gift to share.

True love waits

Jennifer Minicus | 20 Jan 2016

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

Not your average modern fairy tale

Young girl wants to fit in with her peers

Jane Fagan | 4 Jan 2016

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

Cleo is going to a birthday party.

Book Reviews
Surf's up on Christmas Day

Jane Fagan | 14 Dec 2015

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

New lyrics for a beloved Christmas song.

Book Reviews
Reading Matters 2015 Christmas Gift List

Reading Matters Staff | 10 Dec 2015

written for all ages | highly recommended

Our favorite reads from the past year.

There is no place like home

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Nov 2015

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Rendi did not know how hard running away would be.

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