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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 26  |  Published August 10, 2010

Love Your Lunch Lady

Shake those back-to-school blues by reading about the crime-fighting Lunch Lady in Jarrett Krosoczka's graphic novel series.


Episode 25  |  Published July 21, 2010

Hit the Beach With Lauren Myracle

This summer, head to the beach with the tween series The Winnie Years by Lauren Myracle.


Episode 24  |  Published June 16, 2010

Irreverently Funny and Worth Reading

In this episode, Emily introduces books that will certainly make kids giggle, and she talks to Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, the authors of Fartiste.


Episode 23  |  Published May 18, 2010

Babymouse Extravaganza

Emily and her book club chat about the adventures of Babymouse, and then Emily talks to the author-illustrator team behind this series of graphic novels.


Episode 22  |  Published March 19, 2010

Swing, Jitterbug, and Sing the Blues

Music provides the perfect introduction and accompaniment to this collection of books including Jazzy Miz Mosetta, Sweethearts of Rhythm, and Boycott Blues.

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