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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 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 >

April 25, 2007

I've just read a disturbing piece of research by a pair of university researchers. Their admittedly small and limited study of thirty-six 18-month-old children suggests that books with color photographs may increase children's learning; that books with color drawings may be less effective. More >

April 17, 2007

We'll hold our kids closer, turn off the news when they're near. Try to protect them. We put our guard up a little higher each time it happens. Young people senselessly murdered this week while at school in Blacksburg, Virginia. More >

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