Poetry takes the Newbery

Jennifer Minicus | 02 April 2015
This year's finalists lack literary merit.

Baseball and poetry

Jennifer Minicus | 16 March 2015
House Jackson loves to pitch.

Every Thing On It

Jennifer Minicus | 09 October 2012
There's something for everyone in Shel Silverstein's recently published book of poems.

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night

Jennifer Minicus | 09 September 2011
This delightful book of poems is a "must have" for classrooms and librairies.

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...

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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