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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.

February 14, 2008

Today is Valentine's Day, a day of romance and thinking of others. So why am I not writing about this occasion? Well, I voted in the Presidential Primary this week. And I — as do many others — take it for granted that women can vote. More >

February 7, 2008

I'm intrigued by little-known historical figures. Why are some people remembered while others remain unknown? It seems that serendipity might sometimes play a role in bringing to the fore previously unknown people. More >

January 30, 2008

Motivating children to read is a topic of great concern for many, so when I was recently asked about it I started thinking about why I — or any adult — read (or not) and what this may teach us about the kids in our lives. More >

January 23, 2008

I like surprises, at least some surprises, that is. But mostly I like books that can surprise me. And what a pleasant surprise I had when I read a new book entitled Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Robert Andrew Parker (Schwarts & Wade). More >

January 16, 2008

I attended the press conference on Monday, January 14 where the winners of this year's Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Awards were announced. These have become the best known awards for children's books among ALA's Youth Media Awards. There was a lot to cogitate, especially about the Caldecott. More >

January 10, 2008

A bunch of parents and their newborn children have started the New Year on a bright note. They're leaving the hospital with a board book. More >


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"When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate. " — Mem Fox