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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.

March 22, 2022

War is back in daily headlines. It’s devastating to think about the impact on children here and where the actual fighting is taking place.

November 5, 2020

Sports are important to young people on many levels. When participating, they experience teamwork, self-discipline, following rules, and just plain fun. Often, children see role models in professional athletes.

April 6, 2020

The world lost an incredible talent with the death of Tomie dePaola. 

March 26, 2020

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a feeling I’m not alone. My cabin fever is getting worse the longer I’m staying home. The only thing keeping me sane is a pile of books that stimulate lots of ideas and inspire various activities.

February 26, 2020

We hear a lot about diversity and inclusion these days, often as it relates to books for young readers. Just as publishing for children and teens has evolved over the years, so has adults’ perception of youth and what is appropriate for them.


Reading intervention specialist working one-on-one with an elementary student struggling readers

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"You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." — Paul Sweeney