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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.

August 23, 2007

Great drama is often created by the emotional tug of an engaging character, with a bit of conflict and tension added to the mix. But a polar bear and a walrus? More >

August 16, 2007

Everyone — parents, teachers, and children — is gearing up. The big day is right around the corner: the first day of school. It's a tense time for children and the adults in their lives — even for a child returning to the same school. There's so much to do in preparation, so many new things to deal with. More >

August 9, 2007

It's not easy to write a book for children, one that resonates with young readers and works as literature. Many people seem to underestimate the power of a well-written story — one that demonstrates respect for the form and for the potential reader. More >

August 1, 2007

It's hot today. And humid. And hazy. Looks like the dog days of summer have arrived. Maybe that's why the title of a recent book caught my eye: My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks & Other Family Portraits by Hanoch Piven (Schwartz & Wade Books). More >

July 26, 2007

Maybe it started the first time I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel) to my son. More >

July 19, 2007

The wait to find out what happens will soon be over. On Saturday, July 21, 2007 — at 12:01 a.m. — the long wait for the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Scholastic), will end. More >


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