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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 7, 2007

Many children want a pet. But what pet to choose for your family? The people who live down the street from us struggled with that question. One child wanted a dog (no fenced yard), another wanted a cat (nope, Mom's allergic), and another wanted a rat (that idea was unanimously squashed). More >

May 31, 2007

What parent hasn't heard: Are we there yet? When will it be my birthday again? Is it almost time for...? Time — and its passage — is tough for children to grasp. But what is time? How can time be measured in ways that mean something to kids? More >

May 24, 2007

Have you ever had a tune stuck in your head? Advertisers spend a lot of money coming up with jingles to make their products memorable, so it's not surprising that there's a relatively new software program Tune Into Reading that has used music successfully to enhance reading skills. More >

May 21, 2007

I started working with a third grader at the beginning of the school year. Her parents were concerned about her reading; her teacher said that the child was not up to grade level. And it's been my pleasure to tutor Krissie. I've learned a lot. At the end of each session, I read aloud to her. More >

May 10, 2007

The Queen of England commemorated the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown (Virginia) settlement earlier this month but the celebration is just starting. More >

May 2, 2007

Last month I read about the warm reception that an exhibit of the Dick and Jane books received. Seems that there's a fair amount of nostalgia about the good old days – or the way we want to remember the past. More >

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