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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.

Here we go!

January 2, 2007

It's a pleasure for me to enter the world of blogging for Reading Rockets. Like my colleague and sister Reading Rockets blogger, Joanne Meier, I find this a bit daunting.

I thought that Reading Rockets readers might want to know a bit about my background. I've been involved with children's literature and literacy for nearly my entire working life in several capacities: as a children's librarian, as the head of children's services in large library systems, as a teacher of children's literature for graduate students, and as a mother to a now teenaged son who continues to find time to read.

After all these many years, I still find children's literature exciting. Children's books are dynamic with the power to touch children and the adults in their lives and connect readers — young and old — in sometimes surprising ways.

In this blog, I hope to share some of my interests and ideas about children's books and ways that they can link, inspire and inform readers both young and mature. And maybe, just maybe, you'll share some of your ideas!


Nice to know where you are now and to see the good work you are doing.I hope you will be able to highlight the 2 Caldecott Honor books--Moses on Harriet Tubman and Gone Wild--such wonderful book design and lots of possibilities for activities and thoughts from children and their teachers.

Hi,I enjoyed your blog and wanted to introduce myself. I'm a children's author and believe that we all need to tell our own stories. When I speak at schools, libraries and conferences, that's one of my main themes. What really engages the reader is an authentic voice and story. If you get a chance, check out some of my books, like OONGA BOONGA and JENNIFEE JONES WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE. Best wishes,Frieda Wishinsky

Wow Maria! A new year and a new blog. I've enjoyed your introduction and I look forward to reading your future thoughts on books. Blair

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