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Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.  A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a “domestic engineer”, particularly making jam and drinking coffee.  She has been evaluating children’s literature since 2001 and conducts summer book clubs for elementary school students.  Although her favorite place to read is the beach, she is more often seen with a book in school parking lots, doctors’ offices and little league baseball games.


Four books that beg the question, “Why?”

29 Sep 2019
The range of objectionable and gratuitous topics incorporated into children's literature seems to be expanding.

Disobedience can have serious consequences

8 Jun 2019
Parents have reasons for their family rules.

An imaginative child doesn’t need toys to have fun

2 Apr 2019
Jack is a creative little boy.

Innocence never goes out of style

5 Mar 2019
Sweet stories about a sweet little girl

Evil queen ousted by young princess

28 Jan 2019
A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale

Reading Matters 2018 Gift List

9 Dec 2018
There's no better gift than a book!

A captivating book of beast and fable

14 Aug 2018
And a treasury of learning and virtue.

Murder mystery in Minnesota

22 May 2018
Francie is a reluctant detective.

There’s no place like home

2 May 2018
The five Vanderbeeker children have no intention of moving out of their beloved brownstone.

Children recover stolen jewels

23 Mar 2018
Jack and Gwen need to prove their innocence by finding the real perpetrator.

Even a child can outwit a troll

12 Feb 2018
Fantasy picture book for children young and old

Children confront tyrannical alligator

5 Jan 2018
Blue Montgomery always loses, but he's hoping to change his fate.

Reading Matters 2017 Gift List

12 Dec 2017
Our top picks for 2017

What if a children’s game became reality?

8 Dec 2017
The Bronte siblings have vivid imaginations.

Classic adventure story still captivates readers

16 Nov 2017
A classic adventure story for animal lovers

Murder mystery solved after several decades

5 Oct 2017
Jessie befriends an abused girl from a troubled family.

Family is a priority for immigrants

21 Sep 2017
A young Vietnamese boy learns the value of hard work and sacrifice.

Invisible circus unveiled

13 Sep 2017
Micah is determined to find a magician to save his grandfather.

Lost Raphael found in Manhattan

11 Sep 2017
Theodora has an art mystery on her hands.

The last acceptable prejudice also pops up in children’s books

14 Aug 2017
Even in children's books it is still respectable to attack the Catholic Church.

Help for children facing anxiety

7 Aug 2017
A book that provides techniques to overcome childhood fears

Trending: female pirates in children’s books

1 Aug 2017
A disappointing start to a new series

Debut novel is a bestseller

11 Jul 2017
Just be prepared for a lot of violence.

Father really does know best

30 Jun 2017
A touching story about a boy's relationship with his father for children ages 5-8.

What would you do if you were invisible?

27 Jun 2017
Another page-turner from the author of the Mysterious Benedict Society

Grandmother bridges generation gap

2 Jun 2017
Henry likes to take his time.

A friend in need is a friend indeed

25 May 2017
Mo Wren loves her neighborhood with all its flaws.

Boys outsmart thief and magician

15 May 2017
A fun fairy tale is back in print.

Child’s game turns deadly for inventor

27 Apr 2017
A book for mystery and puzzle-lovers alike

Teen dies in hunting accident

19 Apr 2017
Was it really an accident - or murder?

Renowned author’s autobiography wins Newbery Honor

7 Apr 2017
A beginner chapter book series for fans of Tomie DePaola

Sticky competition spoils maple syrup harvest

23 Mar 2017
A new Pumpkin Falls mystery

Novel examines social challenges of pre-teens

13 Mar 2017
Starting middle school can be nerve-wracking.

Could this be the next Harry Potter?

22 Feb 2017
Fantasy, historical fiction and fast-paced adventure

It’s a hard-knocked life

10 Feb 2017
Tabitha's parents want to send her back to the orphanage.

Faith confronts reason in new young adult series

31 Jan 2017
Not your typical dystopian novel

There’s a new cat in town

23 Jan 2017
Jenny may be shy, but that won't keep her down.

Bootlegging ring responsible for boys’ death

18 Jan 2017
Riveting novels set in the roaring 1920's

Young readers have a new heroine

9 Jan 2017
A bright new series for beginner readers

Reading Matters 2016 Gift List

13 Dec 2016
This year's list has a new twist.

Explorers lost in Antartica

1 Dec 2016
Archer is determined to find his famous grandparents.

Star pitcher quits baseball

30 Nov 2016
Quinnen grieves for her deceased sister.

This book is sure to become a bedtime favorite

22 Nov 2016
An adorable story about a child's evening routine

Author forgets to develop plot in book

9 Nov 2016
Social agenda overshadows story line

The best book I read last summer

3 Nov 2016
Nella thinks she knows her family until tragedy strikes their neighborhood.

Horse captures cattle rustlers

1 Nov 2016
A lesser-known book by a renowned author

Newspaper tycoon seeks to influence election

31 Oct 2016
His twelve-year-old maid is on to him!

Desperate times call for desperate measures

20 Oct 2016
Raymie wants her father to come home.

I have nothing to wear!

18 Oct 2016
A picture book for budding fashion designers

Dracula’s daughter takes on the Ottoman Empire

14 Oct 2016
Yet another young adult novel full of sex and violence

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