highly recommended


Kindness comes in many shapes and sizes

Jennifer Minicus | 23 Oct 2015

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

A picture book that speaks volumes without words.

International best seller is a must read for college women

Jennifer Minicus | 17 Sep 2015

written for ages 18 + | highly recommended

A delight for romantics, philosophers and literature lovers

A picture book that teaches logic

Jennifer Minicus | 30 Jul 2015

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

Every image provokes conversation.

A mother's embrace warms the heart

Jennifer Minicus | 23 Jul 2015

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

A touching tale from Africa.

The book was better than the movie

Jane Fagan | 15 Jul 2015

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Two movie versions fail to capture Roald Dahl's story.

The imagination provides a convenient means of transportation

Jennifer Minicus | 12 May 2015

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

Delightful picture books for children ages 4-8.

Affirmation empowers

Jennifer Minicus | 1 May 2015

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

A young elf proves that compassion is stronger than any weapon.

The man behind the award

Jennifer Minicus | 26 Mar 2015

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

Randolph Caldecott's illustrations have provided inspiration for hundreds of children's picture books.

Groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter

Jennifer Minicus | 9 Feb 2015

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

A perfect book for winter reading.

Fighting the war at home

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Jan 2015

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Young Ike dreams of joining the army.

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Jane Fagan and Jennifer Minicus | 9 Dec 2014

written for all ages | highly recommended

Jane and Jennifer conduct the first Reading Matters Book Awards.

Beloved author continues to enchant young readers

Jane Fagan | 30 Oct 2014

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Imaginative characters never go out of style.

Crazy like a fox

Jane Fagan | 6 Oct 2014

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

A rollicking adventure

Friendly ghosts

Jennifer Minicus | 3 Oct 2014

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

Toseland did not expect to find playmates in his great-grandmother's mansion.

Master of disguises

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Sep 2014

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Max's reputation for solving mysteries grows.

Witness to murder

Jennifer Minicus | 12 Sep 2014

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Can twelve-year-old Smith uncover the murderers' motives before becoming the next victim?

Exiles from Troy discover the New World

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Aug 2014

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Mystery, humor and an endearing young sleuth.

An enduring appeal

Jane Fagan | 25 Aug 2014

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

Twenty years ago, Horrid Henry hit the shelves.

There's no friend like a sister

Tim Golden | 18 Aug 2014

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Another story about the four Conroy girls.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the moat

Jennifer Minicus | 28 Jul 2014

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

A royal family learns the meaning of service.

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