The verdict is in on this year’s Caldecott winners

Jennifer Minicus | 24 February 2015
Worth a trip to the library, but probably not the bookstore.

A Book That Has It All

Clare Cannon | 19 March 2013
Historical Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Family, Music, Art, Culture...

I, Juan de Pareja

Clare Cannon | 11 June 2011
A sensitive fictional account of the life of Juan de Pareja, slave of the painter Velaszquez.

Walls Within Walls

Jennifer Minicus | 17 April 2011
Moving to a new home can be challenging, especially if there is a mystery imbedded in the walls of your new bedroom.

Dave, the Potter

Jennifer Minicus | 07 April 2011
Another Caldecott winner...


Tim Golden | 04 March 2011
Exiled art from London's National Gallery transforms a small Welsh village in Frank Cottrell Boyce's quirky novel.

The Painting That Wasn’t There

Jennifer Minicus | 10 September 2010
Beginning readers who love mysteries are in for a treat.

A Nest for Celeste

Jennifer Minicus | 03 September 2010
A mouse encounters many challenges as she searches for a new home.

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

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