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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.

May 24, 2007

Have you ever had a tune stuck in your head? Advertisers spend a lot of money coming up with jingles to make their products memorable, so it's not surprising that there's a relatively new software program Tune Into Reading that has used music successfully to enhance reading skills.

May 21, 2007

I started working with a third grader at the beginning of the school year. Her parents were concerned about her reading; her teacher said that the child was not up to grade level. And it's been my pleasure to tutor Krissie. I've learned a lot. At the end of each session, I read aloud to her.

May 10, 2007

The Queen of England commemorated the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown (Virginia) settlement earlier this month but the celebration is just starting.

May 2, 2007

Last month I read about the warm reception that an exhibit of the Dick and Jane books received. Seems that there's a fair amount of nostalgia about the good old days – or the way we want to remember the past.

April 25, 2007

I've just read a disturbing piece of research by a pair of university researchers. Their admittedly small and limited study of thirty-six 18-month-old children suggests that books with color photographs may increase children's learning; that books with color drawings may be less effective.

April 17, 2007

We'll hold our kids closer, turn off the news when they're near. Try to protect them. We put our guard up a little higher each time it happens. Young people senselessly murdered this week while at school in Blacksburg, Virginia.


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