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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.

September 28, 2012

Sometimes a week is just not long enough. And sometimes a month-long celebration can begin in the middle of the month. This is true of National Hispanic Heritage Month which begins on September 15 and continues until October 15. More >

September 21, 2012

Tents have been growing on the National Mall for a few weeks now. Authors have been visiting local schools and bookstores this week, too. There's excitement building around D.C. — and it has absolutely nothing to do with elections. In fact, this is something that everyone can enjoy! More >

September 14, 2012

Have you ever blown off steam? Or maybe you've run out of steam. I got a new appreciation for the power of STEAM at a recent panel discussion convened by Reading Is Fundamental (aka RIF). More >

August 31, 2012

As schools get into full swing, teachers should remind students and parents (and maybe other educators) of the importance of libraries. Every classroom activity can be enriched and enlivened by these rich resources. All that is needed is a library card. More >

August 24, 2012

Some school districts opened this week, more are scheduled for next week. Children may be apprehensive or excited or somewhere in between. Books and a chuckle are a good way to provide a common experience and a fine way to break the ice at the start of the school year. More >

August 13, 2012

There are special sounds associated with summer. The sounds of cicadas are a melody but I don't enjoy the percussive sounds of a thunderstorm. More >

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