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Maria Salvadore

Reading Rockets' children's literature expert, Maria Salvadore, brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids' books both inside — and outside — of the classroom.

August 31, 2012

As schools get into full swing, teachers should remind students and parents (and maybe other educators) of the importance of libraries. Every classroom activity can be enriched and enlivened by these rich resources. All that is needed is a library card. More >

August 24, 2012

Some school districts opened this week, more are scheduled for next week. Children may be apprehensive or excited or somewhere in between. Books and a chuckle are a good way to provide a common experience and a fine way to break the ice at the start of the school year. More >

August 13, 2012

There are special sounds associated with summer. The sounds of cicadas are a melody but I don't enjoy the percussive sounds of a thunderstorm. More >

August 3, 2012

C.S. Lewis once said, "Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably." I couldn't agree more. More >

July 19, 2012

What does summer reading bring to mind? For me, it means light reading, fun reading, just-for-the-heck-of-it reading. I always pack books: paperbacks for the beach, e-books for long trips, and some just because they're too good to leave behind. Children should be able to read lighter fare during the summer, too. And there are lots of books that are ideal for summer reading. More >

July 13, 2012

The number 13 gets a bad rap all the time. Poor 13 is considered unlucky, especially when it falls on a Friday. But it is the last time we'll see a Friday the 13th in 2012 so no more worries for this year at least. More >

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