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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.

January 6, 2009

I received a letter at the end of last month from a 2nd grade boy who attends the school where my sister works. The child's letter was obviously part of a class project — but it was carefully written with one of my favorite and well traveled book characters neatly folded up in the letter. More >

December 24, 2008

I'm writing this on Christmas Eve. It's almost time for the gifts to be unwrapped. Along with the toys and clothes, just about everyone on my list is getting a book; the kids are getting a couple. More >

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 >


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