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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.

December 12, 2007

It's interesting to think about a holiday season with no books. I'm talking about the traditional book, and picture books in particular.

December 6, 2007

I can't help it. I think in book titles. Yesterday was A Snowy Day. I do enjoy Snow.

November 28, 2007

There's been a lot of talk about peace lately: efforts to open dialogue between contentious countries of the Middle East; how to achieve it in Iraq and Afghanistan and even how to reach it in U.S. cities. These days, even retailers hawk "peace on earth."

November 15, 2007

On this day 100 years ago a woman was born who would write dozens of books, including one about an extraordinarily strong, very red-headed, independent character who resonates still with young readers — Pippi Longstocking (Puffin). Happy birthday, Astrid Lindgren!

November 14, 2007

A link sent to me by Joanne Meier, Sound It Out blogger, reminded me that all too often we take for granted that kids know how to handle money. The article suggested that books can help adults teach children how.

November 7, 2007

How do we keep kids reading as they get older and busier? It's not always easy, but the importance and pleasure of books can grow as children do — especially if concerned adults continue to introduce them to good stories, exciting books, lots of ideas, and take the time to share these ideas.


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

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"The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can't." — Mark Twain