highly recommended


The imagination provides a convenient means of transportation

Jennifer Minicus | 12 May 2015
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
Delightful picture books for children ages 4-8.


Affirmation empowers

Jennifer Minicus | 1 May 2015
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
A young elf proves that compassion is stronger than any weapon.


The man behind the award

Jennifer Minicus | 26 Mar 2015
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
Randolph Caldecott's illustrations have provided inspiration for hundreds of children's picture books.


Groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter

Jennifer Minicus | 9 Feb 2015
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
A perfect book for winter reading.


Fighting the war at home

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Jan 2015
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Young Ike dreams of joining the army.


Book Reviews

Your not-to-be-missed Christmas list of kids' books

Jennifer Minicus and Jane Fagan | 9 Dec 2014
written for all ages | highly recommended
Jane and Jennifer conduct the first Reading Matters Book Awards.


Beloved author continues to enchant young readers

Jane Fagan | 30 Oct 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Imaginative characters never go out of style.


Crazy like a fox

Jane Fagan | 6 Oct 2014
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
A rollicking adventure


Friendly ghosts

Jennifer Minicus | 3 Oct 2014
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
Toseland did not expect to find playmates in his great-grandmother's mansion.


Master of disguises

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Sep 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Max's reputation for solving mysteries grows.


Witness to murder

Jennifer Minicus | 12 Sep 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Can twelve-year-old Smith uncover the murderers' motives before becoming the next victim?


Exiles from Troy discover the New World

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Aug 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Mystery, humor and an endearing young sleuth.


An enduring appeal

Jane Fagan | 25 Aug 2014
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
Twenty years ago, Horrid Henry hit the shelves.


There's no friend like a sister

Tim Golden | 18 Aug 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Another story about the four Conroy girls.


The grass is always greener on the other side of the moat

Jennifer Minicus | 28 Jul 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
A royal family learns the meaning of service.


A must-read for young and not-so-young adults

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Jun 2014
written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended
Nazi Germany seen from an original perspective.


The worst thing about summer vacation

Jennifer Minicus | 19 May 2014
written for all ages | highly recommended
The dreaded required reading list.


Got a problem?

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Apr 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Max has the solution.


The "weaker sex"?

Jennifer Minicus | 8 Apr 2014
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
Abbie Deal discovers the adventure hidden in ordinary life.


Beloved series rereleased

Jane Fagan | 25 Mar 2014
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
Flat Stanley turns 50.

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Reading Matters is MercatorNet’s blog about children’s literature. Our goal is to enable parents and educators to find quality books for young people. For an explanation of our evaluation system, click here. We welcome reader input and new reviewers. We love comments on the book reviews. Write to us at jennifer.minicus@mercatornet.com.


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