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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.

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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 >

April 11, 2007

April is filled with lots of special days – including D.E.A.R. Day in honor of Beverly Cleary's birthday. More >

April 4, 2007

I'm sitting here with no electricity and no reliable information as to when it'll be back on. The odd springtime thunderstorm that rolled through in the wee hours took out the entire neighborhood. If you happen to forget to charge your cell phone, a day without electricity can be an oddly quiet experience. More >

March 28, 2007

There are lots, maybe too many, books published annually. The Denver Post recently suggested that last year 16,000 new children's books were published. How can adults – teachers and parents – distinguish what's good and what's not with such an overwhelming number of books to choose from? More >

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