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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 29, 2008

I missed them. Even though they haven't felt much like them, the dog days of summer have come and gone. And I missed them. I always thought that they were called "dog days" because they were just lazy days or maybe too hot to do much other than laze around…but not so, I learned.

August 21, 2008

Have you ever been with a young child and watched them take in the world around them? I was recently reminded that the world and everything in it is new to each child as they encounter it.

August 15, 2008

Children absorb what's around them, including — or maybe especially — language. Words are absorbed at an incredible pace, but just look around; you'll probably see how often adults talk at children rather than with them.

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.

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.

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.


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"What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person ..." —

Carl Sagan