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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.

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 >

October 24, 2008

You know it is autumn when Christmas decorations start appearing in stores. But before we get to the December holidays, many children enjoy slightly spooky stories as the dark nights of Fall approach. More >

October 16, 2008

I've just read a new book by Caldecott Honor winning artist, Laura Vaccaro Seeger called One Boy (Roaring Brook). Like several of her other books, this one uses die cuts along with rhythmic language for a simple but sophisticated book. It's downright intriguing. More >

October 10, 2008

What do a First Lady and her daughter have in common with a football player, a newly appointed and quite outspoken Ambassador, a Grammy Award winning vocalist — and dozens of others? They've all written books for young readers — and celebrated books together in Washington, DC. More >

September 29, 2008

The 2008 National Book Festival is now but a memory — a happy one, a lasting one — maybe even one that will change a life or two. (Books do that, of course, though we often don't know how or who.) More >


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