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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.

March 16, 2009

Years ago I was in a first grade classroom introducing new words to a small group. The word we were examining was "ditch." More >

March 6, 2009

Well, it's official. The First Family is getting a pet. According to a New York Times blog, the new resident will join the Obama family after spring break. A new dog means there's a lot to think about. More >

February 27, 2009

I've just been introduced to a new (to me) blog. Rosalyn Schanzer, author of What Darwin Saw (National Geographic) told me about her recent post. And she's in the company of lots of other talented writers. The blog is called I.N.K., short for Interesting Nonfiction for Kids. More >

February 20, 2009

February is a marvelous month. It's chockfull of all kinds of celebrations and holidays. And happily, there are lots of books for young readers to enhance and extend them. More >

February 8, 2009

The Newbery Medal has been awarded once again. This year, it was given to Neil Gaiman for The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins, 2008), a deliciously creepy book about a boy brought up by ghosts after his parents' murder. (Clearly this is not a bedtime tale for the young or faint-hearted.) More >

January 28, 2009

It was exciting to be in the audience at the press conference at the midwinter meeting of the American Library Association where this year's "Youth Media Awards" were announced. More >



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