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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 7, 2008

The 2008 Summer Olympics will officially open in Beijing tomorrow. Television and computer screens will be filled with images of athletes and athletics, not to mention the host county. I wonder how the Olympics can achieve what its slogan advertises: One World One Dream. More >

July 28, 2008

We're on vacation this week, visiting my sister in southwest Florida. It's a tropical climate, and we're here during the rainy season. Happily, the tropics — where the energy for hurricanes begins — have been quiet so far. More >

July 9, 2008

Last summer, we drove to southwest Florida to visit my sister and her family. I give the credit for us getting there to Jim Dale and Harry Potter. More >

July 9, 2008

It's summertime. The pace has slowed down, partially because it's too hot to move too quickly but more so because school's out, people are away, and life has generally taken on a slightly more civilized tempo. But it's a time of learning loss as well. More >

June 24, 2008

If I told you that Starling Burgess had died, you'd probably ask who he is. But I sure have heard many wistful 'ahs' when people learned that Tasha Tudor died this past June at age 92. (She legally changed her name early on.) More >

June 13, 2008

I remember when my son was in preschool. His teacher was very excited when he brought in his favorite book — and then 'read' it (verbatim) to the other kids. More >



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