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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.

July 12, 2007

Largely due to my son's prodding, our family actually went to see the film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, on the day it opened. Though it was exciting and fast-paced, my son felt let down because so much from the book was left out or adapted for the movie version. More >

July 5, 2007

Our plans for the 4th of July changed after a strong thunderstorm dumped heavy rain. Instead of going out to watch the fireworks, my family's picnic ended with watching them on television. More >

June 28, 2007

With a whoosh and a whir, the 30,000 or so people who attended the American Library Association annual conference have returned to their normal lives and work, ending an almost week-long whirlwind in downtown Washington, D.C. More >

June 21, 2007

A recent commentary by Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post about the influence of reading Nancy Drew mysteries had on a generation, well, it got me thinking... More >

June 13, 2007

Longer, warmer, sunnier days can only mean one thing: summer's finally here! And no matter what you're doing, don't forget to bring along the books. You can even travel without leaving home. More >

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 >


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