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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.

December 15, 2008

The stories behind stories are fascinating — whether they're contemporary or historical, real or imagined. More >

December 4, 2008

There are all kinds of tugs at heartstrings particularly during the holiday season. Many of these have to do with animals. Some families will consider getting a pet, some will support animal charities, and some children may even lose a pet. More >

November 24, 2008

I've heard that more people travel this coming weekend than any other during the year. It's because this week Thanksgiving will be celebrated in homes across the country. More >

November 17, 2008

I was talking to a friend this morning and she told me both of her children loved their new winter coats; and that even before the recent cold snap, both the 2-year-old and the 5-year-old wore their new apparel with glee. More >

November 7, 2008

The seemingly endless elections are over and a new family — a young president with young children — is heading to the White House. Like with most new beginnings, there's palpable optimism. Hope is a word that I'm hearing — and feel myself — in conjunction with the future of the United States and its citizens. More >

November 2, 2008

I've been thinking about poetry lately, probably because I spent time last week with a poet and read her work in a concentrated way. More >

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"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables