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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 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 >

February 7, 2007

February is a month filled with chances to celebrate: Groundhog Day's promise of the start of a new season; it is the birth month of at least two U.S. Presidents; there's even a special day to show affection. More >

January 31, 2007

The best known awards given to children's books were announced in January in Seattle. More >

January 25, 2007

How hard would it be to spend a million dollars? It might be more difficult than you think, especially hard if you were a kid and couldn't buy just a couple of big ticket items. That's just the premise of a funny and strangely plausible book by Frank Cottrell Boyce. More >

January 17, 2007

Later this month, the winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal will be announced at the midwinter meeting of the American Library Association (ALA). This honor will be determined by a group of 15 hardworking members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. More >

January 11, 2007

Have you ever stopped to think about a million? This gigantic number creeps into our everyday language (Gee, a million thanks ... It took a million years to get there!). But what is it? And what do kids need to know about the notion of a million? Why should they care? More >

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