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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.

April 23, 2009

Earth Day was celebrated again this week as it has been since 1970. There's a site hosted by the U.S. government with lots of information on it for parents, teachers, and children. There's the history of Earth Day, information from various agencies ranging from the Energy Department ot the Environmental Protection Agency. More >

April 16, 2009

I read a recent article in the New York Times that surprised me a bit. A team of researchers, anthropologists no less, went searching for what 6 to 14 year old boys might find most appealing to watch. More >

April 10, 2009

Not all that long ago, a college student was very excited to find a picture book biography of an amazing singer completely new to the student. The book was When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic); the singer was Marian Anderson. More >

April 3, 2009

It's April suddenly. And even though it's still wintry, the days are noticeably longer, the sun is getting warmer (that is, when it shines), and buds and shoots are popping out all over. I'm looking forward to spending time outdoors: playing and walking and gardening and just appreciating the start of a new season. More >

March 27, 2009

When I started to write a response to an inquiry from Louise, I began listing a few specific books that I might suggest. (Louise works with 4 and 5 year old boys who have some strong notions about what girls do, like, and are capable of.) More >

March 20, 2009

Forty is a milestone for anyone, but it's especially impressive for a something that started out small, grew with each morsel consumed, went away for a while, and emerged to fly. As you've probably guessed, it's the small green, very hungry, and ever-popular caterpillar, of course. More >



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"Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. " — Neil Gaiman