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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.

March 21, 2007

It's OK to laugh. It makes us feel better, plus it's a great way to talk with children about touchy topics and less than wonderful behaviors. More >

March 14, 2007

Have you ever had a day that started out with everything going wrong? Well, yesterday started out that way for me. But you know what? It wound up just fine – in fact, there were lovely surprises by the end of the day. More >

March 6, 2007

It's been called many things: SSR (Sustained Silent Reading), DIRT (Daily Independent Reading Time), and DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). But no matter what it's called, research indicates that children who read for pleasure everyday are likely to read more proficiently. More >

February 28, 2007

Why is March 2 a noteworthy day? Because the guy who took up the challenge to truly engage young readers was born on March 2, 1904. The resulting book, first published in 1957, changed the way books were presented to new readers while starting a whole new type of children's book: the easy reader. More >

February 21, 2007

I remember when my son — now quite the young man who looks me straight in the eye and will soon tower over me — was really little. We tried our best to protect him from much of the world's unseemliness, and though it's almost impossible now, we still try. More >

February 13, 2007

Poetry is music in words, and what better way to seam them together than in picture books? Even better, books are a great way to warm cold February days with the sounds of jazz. More >

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