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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

Podcast for Grades K – 5

Emily Manning chats with kids, parents, and teachers about the best in children's literature for ages 4 through 11. Discussions include reading tips and fun activities to do with children before, during, and after reading.



Emily Manning

Emily Manning

Emily Manning has a master's degree in reading education from the University of North Texas. She taught in the primary grades for several years before taking a reading intervention position that focused on working with struggling readers in grades 3rd-5th.

In 2006, Emily Manning began teaching reading education classes in an adjunct capacity at Texas Woman's University. And most recently, she has taken a position as an Instructional Specialist at Lee Elementary in Denton, Texas.

Emily is a member of the ReadWriteThink.org Advisory Board. She also belongs to several professional organizations including the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English.


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Episode 31  |  Published February 10, 2011

Historical Fiction

Go back in time with Emily as she talks about three books from different times in history and interviews Jenny Moss, the author of Winnie's War.


Episode 30  |  Published December 17, 2010

Unusual Gifts

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and the characters in these four tall tales have plenty of unusual gifts to keep you reading all winter. Listen in to hear about them and to meet Ingrid Law, the author of Savvy and Scumble.


Episode 29  |  Published November 18, 2010

Precious Memories

Check out three books that show how precious family memories are and meet Kate Messner, the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.


Episode 28  |  Published October 27, 2010

Get Spooky With Matthew McElligot

Just in time for jack-o-lantern season, Emily chats about some books by Matthew McElligot that will you get you in the mood for this spooky time of year!


Episode 27  |  Published September 15, 2010

A Hero's Trail

Heroes are all around us. In this episode, hear about T.A. Barron's book that spotlights heroic kids and meet Kaitlyn Chana, a perfect example of a young hero.

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