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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.

October 26, 2012

Can a story about a family of mice be realistic? Can readers empathize with a rodent and her family's history? The answer to both is an emphatic yes. More >

October 18, 2012

In a recent article, Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews points out there's a battle brewing over the use of fiction or nonfiction in the Common Core standards. He calls it the fiction vs. nonfiction smackdown. More >

October 10, 2012

Everyone has been there in real time or vicariously. It sometimes feels like its reached epidemic proportions. There are all kinds of reasons, none of them good. Each incident has numerous victims who come in all sizes and ages. More >

September 28, 2012

Sometimes a week is just not long enough. And sometimes a month-long celebration can begin in the middle of the month. This is true of National Hispanic Heritage Month which begins on September 15 and continues until October 15. More >

September 21, 2012

Tents have been growing on the National Mall for a few weeks now. Authors have been visiting local schools and bookstores this week, too. There's excitement building around D.C. — and it has absolutely nothing to do with elections. In fact, this is something that everyone can enjoy! More >

September 14, 2012

Have you ever blown off steam? Or maybe you've run out of steam. I got a new appreciation for the power of STEAM at a recent panel discussion convened by Reading Is Fundamental (aka RIF). More >

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