recommended


True confessions

Jennifer Minicus | 2 Mar 2015
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
Thirteen-year-old girl turns mutineer.


The verdict is in on this year's Caldecott winners

Jennifer Minicus | 24 Feb 2015
written for None | recommended
Worth a trip to the library, but probably not the bookstore.


Cat helps boy overcome dyslexia

Jennifer Minicus | 23 Feb 2015
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Abby and Ben love the misfit animals in their grandfather's barn.


Educating character through fables

Jennifer Minicus | 17 Feb 2015
written for all ages | recommended
A collection of short virtue stories.


Friendship does not always require words

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Feb 2015
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
This author says it all with pictures.


Children facing starvation

Tim Golden | 23 Jan 2015
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
Mamo and Dani learn to survive on the streets of an Ethiopian city.


Never trust a dictator

Jennifer Minicus | 15 Jan 2015
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Not even a "benevolent" one.


Do athletes make good dancers?

Tim Golden | 10 Jan 2015
written for ages 13-16 | recommended
Erik must choose between football and ballet.


Authors are noticing Reading Matters

Jennifer Minicus | 3 Jan 2015
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Writer honors our request for a sequel.


Book Reviews

The Good Reading Guide's Favourite Books of 2014

Clare Cannon | 18 Dec 2014
written for all ages | recommended
The top 22 of over 500 books we reviewed this year.


A book that became a TV show

Tim Golden | 1 Dec 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
Robert is bullied by Niker but befriended by Kate.


A perfect book for boys who love sports but may not like to read

Jennifer Minicus | 25 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
"The Captain" tells his story.


Baby gryphon hatches from blue stone

Jennifer Minicus | 19 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A simple fantasy story.


An audition for life

Tim Golden | 17 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Children travel to a fantasy island to develop life skills.


Optimism and humor

Tim Golden | 10 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A fixture on school reading lists.


A battle with a dragon

Jennifer Minicus | 4 Nov 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
A book for fans of historical fiction and fantasy.


Blood is thicker than water

Jennifer Minicus | 22 Oct 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Ariana is proud of her Afghan heritage.


The futility of war

Jane Fagan | 20 Oct 2014
written for all ages | recommended
The life of a young girl in Hiroshima during WWII.


A small man with a big dream

Jennifer Minicus | 14 Oct 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Leroy wants to be a cowboy.


Love thy neighbor - even when it is difficult

Jane Fagan | 13 Oct 2014
written for ages 2-7 | recommended
Unusual neighbors bring adventure to Tilda's dull town.

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