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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 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 >

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 >


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