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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.

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 >

April 28, 2008

Not since Eric Carle's The Very Quiet Cricket (Philomel) chirped at me have I been as surprised when I opened a book. More >

April 18, 2008

When I was a kid, a bunch of us would go to the local creek and collect tadpoles. My mother wasn't really keen on the idea, but she always let me watch the tadpoles grow into baby frogs — in the room I shared with my sister. (Now, my sister was another story all together…) Once the babies were developed, we returned them to the same creek. More >

April 11, 2008

What combines a smidgen of science, a bit of biography, a taste of poetry, a speck of art, and even a dash of athletics mixed with a whole lot of outdoor fun and can be inspired by an activity that takes place anywhere? America's favorite pastime: baseball, of course! More >

April 4, 2008

This week marks the 40th anniversary of one of the saddest events in American history during a particularly difficult period: the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Like other momentous incidents, those old enough to remember this probably can recall what they were doing when they heard the news. More >



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