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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 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.

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.

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).

July 26, 2007

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

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.

July 12, 2007

Largely due to my son's prodding, our family actually went to see the film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, on the day it opened. Though it was exciting and fast-paced, my son felt let down because so much from the book was left out or adapted for the movie version.


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