Picture Books


Rain keeps the Big Bad Wolf indoors

Jennifer Minicus | 03 February 2016
A twist on the traditional Little Three Pigs.

Everyone needs a friend

Jennifer Minicus | 29 January 2016
Everyone has a gift to share.

True love waits

Jennifer Minicus | 20 January 2016
Not your average modern fairy tale

Surf’s up on Christmas Day

Jane Fagan | 14 December 2015
New lyrics for a beloved Christmas song.

Bedtime proves challenging for older siblings

Jane Fagan | 23 November 2015
Jessie's big sister can't sleep.

Author captures the essence of the ANZAC legend

Jane Fagan | 30 October 2015
A piece of Australian history comes alive.

Kindness comes in many shapes and sizes

Jennifer Minicus | 23 October 2015
A picture book that speaks volumes without words.

Boy beats boredom with a balloon

Jennifer Minicus | 21 October 2015
Nothing ever seems to happen in Sebastian's neighborhood.

Famous illustrator highlights courage of WWI soldiers

Jane Fagan | 16 September 2015
A slice of Australian history

Birds of a feather flock together

Jennifer Minicus | 04 September 2015
Mr. Brown is proud of his hat.

A picture book that teaches logic

Jennifer Minicus | 30 July 2015
Every image provokes conversation.

A mother’s embrace warms the heart

Jennifer Minicus | 23 July 2015
A touching tale from Africa.

Toy canoe sails the St. Lawrence

Jennifer Minicus | 07 July 2015
A young boy sends his handmade boat on an adventure.

The imagination provides a convenient means of transportation

Jennifer Minicus | 12 May 2015
Delightful picture books for children ages 4-8.

No pet is more loyal than a dog

Jennifer Minicus | 22 April 2015
Two picture books sure to please canine lovers.

The man behind the award

Jennifer Minicus | 26 March 2015
Randolph Caldecott's illustrations have provided inspiration for hundreds of children's picture books.

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.

Friendship does not always require words

Jennifer Minicus | 13 February 2015
This author says it all with pictures.

Children learn patience in large families

Jane Fagan | 30 January 2015
Christopher learns to appreciate what others enjoy doing.

Children’s travel log

Jennifer Minicus | 03 November 2014
The first in a series of geography based books

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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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