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Episode 27 — A Hero's Trail


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 11:26
Original Air Date Published September 15, 2010

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Cookies and Milk

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Hero's TrailThe Hero’s Trail: A Guide for a Heroic Life by T.A. Barron, Puffin Books 2007

In this inspirational book geared for readers ages 8 and up, T.A. Barron takes a look at what it means to be a hero. Each chapter highlights a different kind of hero: Hero on the Spot, Survivor Hero, Hero Within, Hero to Others Near and Far, and Hero for All Time as well as spotlights historical and everyday people who have exemplified that hero quality. What will be most interesting to parents, kids, and educators are the numerous heroic kids that T.A. Barron writes about. This book will leave readers ready to begin a hero’s trail of their own, using this book of heroes as a trail guide.


Cookies and Milk

Emily shares her phone chat with Kaitlyn Chana, the founder and president of Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness, an organization that makes and gives homemade cards to kids suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Kaitlyn Chana began this project as an eighth grader and has continued growing the organization through her high school and college years. Kaitlyn shares her story and how others can become involved in her effort.

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T.A. BarronAuthor T.A. Barron discusses how a high school student inspired his book The Hero’s Trail and shares about the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, an award named after his mother, which recognizes young people who are making a positive difference in their communities.

For more about T.A. Barron and his books, please visit his official website.