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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.

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 >

June 13, 2008

Our normally calm dog turned into Velcro the other night; she became stuck to my side. By the time the thunder and lightning subsided, I was ready to go into a closet with my trembling pooch. It was a sound and light show provided by Mother Nature. More >

May 30, 2008

I have always liked the books by Mem Fox, the Australian author whose stories have been popular among children for a long time. More >


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