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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.

November 7, 2007

How do we keep kids reading as they get older and busier? It's not always easy, but the importance and pleasure of books can grow as children do — especially if concerned adults continue to introduce them to good stories, exciting books, lots of ideas, and take the time to share these ideas. More >

October 31, 2007

It's Halloween and spooky stuff abounds, not the least of which is the way childhood is being compressed. More >

October 24, 2007

They're a fruit. Native Americans used to flatten strips of them to make mats. The smaller ones are usually the best for making pies. And most are available — happily — in October. More >

October 16, 2007

Long ago, I attended a conference at which author, illustrator, and storyteller Ashley Bryan talked about illustration and art. I remember he told the large audience gathered that children often ask when he first started creating books. Proudly, this elegant man described how he wrote, illustrated, published, marketed, and distributed his first book — when he was in kindergarten. More >

October 2, 2007

My sister works in a school in South Florida that gets a lot of Title I support. I was talking to her earlier today and she told me that they skipped Read Across America last school year; it conflicted with the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, better known as the FCATs. More >

September 27, 2007

There's no better way to make books come to life for children than by introducing them to the authors and illustrators who create them. In fact, I've met children who are inspired to write and illustrate their own books after such an encounter. More >



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