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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.

June 13, 2008

Our normally calm dog turned into Velcro the other night; she became stuck to my side. By the time the thunder and lightning subsided, I was ready to go into a closet with my trembling pooch. It was a sound and light show provided by Mother Nature. More >

May 30, 2008

I have always liked the books by Mem Fox, the Australian author whose stories have been popular among children for a long time. More >

May 22, 2008

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. It's got a serious side that should not be forgotten: to honor those who have died in service to our country. But the start of summer represents another important period — when children's learning begins to drop off . More >

May 15, 2008

The adult world has a way of creeping into children's lives. I meet children and young people whose lives are impacted by the issues adults like to think are exclusively adult problems. But that just isn't true. More >

May 9, 2008

How can an annual celebration take place twice within seven months? Well, that's what's happening with Children's Book Week (CBW)! First adopted in 1919, CBW has traditionally been held in November, but has now become a spring thing. One thing hasn't changed; CBW remains based in the belief that books change lives. More >

May 2, 2008

El día de lost ninos/El día de los libros or Children's Day/Book Day — also known simply as Día — has officially come and gone for the year. Día celebrates children, books, families, and reading. Though it officially culminated on April 30, this fete deserves the entire year! More >


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