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Peter Rabbit: why it is still one of the greats of children's literature

Paul Wells | 10 Sep 2018

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

Some books never lose their appeal.

A captivating book of beast and fable

Jennifer Minicus | 14 Aug 2018

written for None | highly recommended

And a treasury of learning and virtue.

Buried treasure discovered

Jane Fagan | 30 Apr 2018

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

A recently found manuscript of Beatrix Potter is finally published.

Why Mother Goose matters

Sean Fitzpatrick | 22 Feb 2018

written for None | highly recommended

Without these indispensable nursery rhymes, a child may never acquire appropriate appetite or aptitude for works that plumb the depths of reality.

Even a child can outwit a troll

Jennifer Minicus | 12 Feb 2018

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

Fantasy picture book for children young and old

A mother's fortitude holds the family together

David Breen | 5 Feb 2018

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Siblings thrive in their daily interactions with family and neighbors.

Unattended package causes confusion

Jane Fagan | 31 Jan 2018

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

Eugenia Lincoln is not easily amused.

Myths transmit wisdom of the ages

David Breen | 29 Jan 2018

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Nathaniel Hawthorne brought ancient Greek stories to life for children.

Shop under new ownership

Jane Fagan | 17 Jan 2018

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

Coincidences and connections make a great story.

Sixteen year old knighted for bravery

David Breen | 11 Jan 2018

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

Cuthbert fights beside his king in the Crusades.

Teen saves girls from angry mob

David Breen | 2 Jan 2018

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

Courage, elicited in adversity, always makes an interesting read.

Reading Matters 2017 Gift List

Jennifer Minicus | 12 Dec 2017

written for all ages | highly recommended

Our top picks for 2017

Friendship proves crucial to adventure's success

David Breen | 11 Dec 2017

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

A boy's own adventure that is hard to put down

What if a children's game became reality?

Jennifer Minicus | 8 Dec 2017

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

The Bronte siblings have vivid imaginations.

Classic adventure story still captivates readers

Jennifer Minicus | 16 Nov 2017

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

A classic adventure story for animal lovers

Fairy tale treasures from Scotland

Susan Reibel Moore | 6 Nov 2017

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

An introduction to the folklore surrounding selkies

Two brilliant picture books

Susan Reibel Moore | 20 Oct 2017

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

Sophie Masson is one of Australia's gifted authors.

Invisible circus unveiled

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Sep 2017

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Micah is determined to find a magician to save his grandfather.

Father really does know best

Jennifer Minicus | 30 Jun 2017

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

A touching story about a boy's relationship with his father for children ages 5-8.

What would you do if you were invisible?

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Jun 2017

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

Another page-turner from the author of the Mysterious Benedict Society

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