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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.

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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 >

June 21, 2012

When I gave some advanced reading copies of books to a particularly astute school librarian friend, she used them in a way that just might help these children avoid the dreaded "summer slide" which happens when children don't read during non-school months. More >

June 15, 2012

I was reminded that Father's Day is this weekend by an advertisement suggesting baseball tickets instead of a tie or socks for old dad. A very good idea, I thought. It's all about spending time together, isn't it? And there's nothing quite like spending time with children over a book. Here are a few that I like. More >

May 23, 2012

Children's Book Week (CBW) 2012 ended on May 13 but the work of celebrated children's authors and illustrators is sure to continue throughout the year. More >

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