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The Good Reading Guide’s Favourite Books of 2014

Clare Cannon | 18 December 2014
The top 22 of over 500 books we reviewed this year.

Reading Matters book list for Christmas 2013

Jennifer Minicus | 29 November 2013
A combination of old and new titles.

Video Review: Best New Books for 4 to 8 Year Olds

Clare Cannon | 08 May 2012
Check out this stunning mix of new books for young children.

Reading Matters’ 100 Books for Christmas 2011

Reading Matters Staff | 15 December 2011
Looking for a last minute gift? Why not a book

Holiday Gift Ideas 2010

Jennifer Minicus | 07 December 2010
What do you give a child who has everything? How about a book?

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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