Improving a child’s ability (& desire) to learn

Clare Cannon | 17 May 2013
Build skills and excite interests that will stay with a child for life.

The Stamp Collector

Jennifer Minicus | 20 February 2013
A simple book with a profound message.

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.

Second Fiddle

Clare Cannon | 21 April 2012
A beautiful story of friendship, of heroism, of art, music, culture and creativity all threaded together in one amazing adventure.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Clare Cannon | 31 October 2010
It’s something for a book series to turn thousands of reluctant-reader middle primary kids into book enthusiasts who are starting to write their own life stories.

Word After Word After Word

Jennifer Minicus | 14 August 2010
Lucy and her classmates discover the writer inside of them when a guest visits their class.

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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