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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.

April 4, 2008

This week marks the 40th anniversary of one of the saddest events in American history during a particularly difficult period: the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Like other momentous incidents, those old enough to remember this probably can recall what they were doing when they heard the news. More >

March 21, 2008

Recently I read the NCBLA blog, encouraging parents to take their children to an exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. More >

March 15, 2008

I'm not into gimmicks in books, frankly. I don't use them with children. They just don't hold up to rough young hands. But it seems though that every time I make a sweeping statement about something, an exception comes up. And a book I recently shared made me rethink my position on gimmicks in books for young children. Could they really be simply special features? More >

March 6, 2008

A recent report from Common Core indicates a significant percentage of the 17-year-olds surveyed did not have a grasp of even the basics about history and literature. More >

February 29, 2008

Is the cat (as in Cat in the Hat) coming to town near you? Three Cat-a-Vans will start their tours today to promote Read Across America, the national celebration of Dr. Seuss's March 2nd birthday. More >

February 22, 2008

A recent report released by the Center on Educational Policy reports that since No Child Left Behind was put into effect six years ago, instructional time for almost everything other than reading and math has declined significantly. More >



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