recommended reading for all ages


The futility of war

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


The worst thing about summer vacation

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


A mother's love; a father's sacrifice

Jennifer Minicus | 2013
written for all ages | highly recommended
Two million copies sold so far.


Book Reviews

The Good Reading Guide's favourite books of 2013

Clare Cannon | 2013
written for all ages | recommended
From side-splitting humour to enwisened coming of age, these books published in 2013 are certainly worth a reader's time.


Reading Matters book list for Christmas 2013

Jennifer Minicus |
written for all ages | highly recommended
A combination of old and new titles.


The Gift of Disability

Clare Cannon | 2012
written for all ages | highly recommended
If only we could see, as this author does, with the eyes of the heart.


Book Reviews

Need a Laugh?

Clare Cannon | 2012
written for all ages | highly recommended
This is the funniest, cleverest, most entertaining story I've read in ages. Keep the tissues handy, because it will have you crying with laughter.


Reading Matters' Book List for Christmas 2012

Reading Matters Staff |
written for all ages | highly recommended
Though not as extensive as last year's list,


Every Thing On It

Jennifer Minicus | 2011
written for all ages | highly recommended
There's something for everyone in Shel Silverstein's recently published book of poems.


Book Reviews

Video Review 1: Don't Judge These Books By Their Covers

Clare Cannon |
written for all ages | recommended
First video review from the Good Reading Guide - tell us what you think!


The Empty Pot

Jennifer Minicus | 2007
written for all ages | highly recommended
This simple book about personal integrity rings true.


Dave, the Potter

Jennifer Minicus | 2010
written for all ages | highly recommended
Another Caldecott winner...


Holiday Gift Ideas 2010

Jennifer Minicus |
written for all ages | highly recommended
What do you give a child who has everything? How about a book?


The True Saint Nicholas

Jennifer Minicus | 2009
written for all ages | recommended
Who is the real Santa Claus?


Book Reviews

It's a Book

Clare Cannon | 2010
written for all ages | highly recommended
Here's the perfect 'first book' for kids of the digital age.


The Adventures of Pinocchio

Jennifer Minicus | 2005
written for all ages | highly recommended
This original version of a well-known story is a worthwhile read for children of all ages.


My Sister, Alicia May

Leticia Velasquez | 2009
written for all ages | highly recommended
Big sister Rachel describes the joys and challenges of having a sister with Down syndrome.


Help!

Clare Cannon | recent years
written for all ages | recommended
This week I was asked to recommend a list of 160 titles for boys between the ages of seven and twelve. That’s 1-6-0 recommended titles, and preferably newer ones rather than classics. I’ve made it to about 120 if I include each book of several series, but would really appreciate your suggestions...

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