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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.

September 12, 2007

I'm not sure why the old tale "Little Red Riding Hood" continues to resonate with readers; it's been around since 1697 or so. There are literally dozens of retellings, parodies, and take-offs available today.

September 5, 2007

Remember the old assignment that all kids seem to endure when school starts in the fall — the one where you have to tell about what you did on your summer vacation? I hated doing those silly essays. It always seemed that my family never did things that were as much fun as everyone else. Plus, it's probably not the best way to encourage writing.

August 30, 2007

It was new to us, but our house was almost 100 years old when we moved in some years ago. The previous owner left us hard-wired rotary phones. (They still work, by the way.) My son had no clue how use these weighty antiques; they were from another era entirely. He, like all children, is growing up in a different time in which technology is ubiquitous.

August 23, 2007

Great drama is often created by the emotional tug of an engaging character, with a bit of conflict and tension added to the mix. But a polar bear and a walrus?

August 16, 2007

Everyone — parents, teachers, and children — is gearing up. The big day is right around the corner: the first day of school. It's a tense time for children and the adults in their lives — even for a child returning to the same school. There's so much to do in preparation, so many new things to deal with.

August 9, 2007

It's not easy to write a book for children, one that resonates with young readers and works as literature. Many people seem to underestimate the power of a well-written story — one that demonstrates respect for the form and for the potential reader.


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

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