The Children's Bookshelf

Series produced by WCMU

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The Children’s Bookshelf from WCMU Public Radio showcases new children’s book titles meant to engage young readers in the joy of story found in both the written word and illustrations. The target audience includes teachers, librarians, parents and grandparents as part of their role to foster the love of reading. Each of the two minute reviews have accompanying study questions and activities and are available as podcasts. The series host and reviewer is Dr. Sue Ann Martin, Professor Emerita of Communication and Dramatic Arts in the College of Communication and Fine Arts, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

The Children’s Bookshelf is a syndicated series from WCMU Public Radio available to public radio stations across the country. It features reviews of current children’s books, offering age-appropriate recommendations with each book title. The Children’s Bookshelf is designed to engage young readers in the joy of story found both in the written word and illustrations. The program will be of interest to teachers and librarians, as well as parents and grandparents hoping to foster the love of reading in young children. Each of the reviews have accompanying study questions and activities and will be also offered as podcasts. One two minute segment will be available each week, all inclusive, ready for air. There is no charge for syndication rights.
Series host and reviewer is noted educator, Dr. Sue Ann Martin, Professor Emerita of Communication and Dramatic Arts and the past and founding Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Her background in children’s literature includes a Ph. D thesis on the oral characteristics of the Caldecott Award-winning children’s books.
Our theme music for The Children’s Bookshelf is the polka from Denes Agay’s “Five Easy Dances”, performed by the Powers Woodwind Quintet, in residence at Central Michigan University’s School of Music. It is taken from the album GEMS, on the White Pine label.

Contact: Susan McTaggart-Dennis, producer
WCMU Public Media
mctag1sm@cmich.edu
989 774-3105
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The Children’s Bookshelf is a syndicated series from WCMU Public Radio available to public radio stations across the country. It features reviews of current children’s books, offering age-appropriate recommendations with each book title. The Children’s Bookshelf is designed to engage young readers in the joy of story found both in the written word and illustrations. The program will be of interest to teachers and librarians, as well as parents and grandparents hoping to foster the love of reading in young children. Each of the reviews have accompanying study questions and activities and will be also offered as podcasts. One two minute segment will be available each week, all inclusive, ready for air. There is no charge for syndication rights.Series host and reviewer is noted... Show full description


48 Pieces

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MARIO and the Hole in the Sky written by Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Teresa Martinez is a lively picture book biography for children 6-9 yea...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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Vole and Troll written and illustrated by Iza Trapani is a fun-filled book, based casually on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, that tells the story of ...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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To Dance written by Siena Siegel with artwork by Mark Siegel is a beautiful telling of a young girl’s story as she realizes her dream of becoming a...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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The updated edition of MOONSHOT is a beautiful telling of Apollo 11’s historic voyage to the moon and back. The graphics of the rocket, the spacesh...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Oct 21, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Love and the Rocking Chair is a beautiful picture book for children 3-5 years of age written and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, winners of mu...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
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I Am Marie Curie written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by cartoonist Christopher Eliopoulos is the newest addition to the popular picture book bi...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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The Restless Girls: A tale of daring, a quest for freedom written by Jesse Burton and illustrated by Angela Barrett is an enriched version of the p...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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The Brain is Kind of a Big Deal written and illustrated by Nick Seluk is a fun-filled and engaging introduction to the brain and all of its incredi...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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The Light in the Lake written by Sarah Baughman is a well-told story about loss and grief, family and friends and the merging of the scientific met...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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This Book of Mine written by Sarah Stewart with pictures by David Small is a gentle book that puts forth the truths about owning and loving books. ...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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The Truth About Grandparents written and illustrated by Elina Ellis is a delightful book about how a grandmother and grandfather love life, love ea...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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BECAUSE written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Amber Ren is a beautiful picture book about how one thing can lead to another thing. It is also a ...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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How to Read a Book written by poet and Newbery Medalist Kwamie Alexander and illustrated by artist and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet is all about...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson is an interesting look at the childhood and the outstanding 35-yea...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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Blooming Beneath the Sun is a lively pairing of nursery rhymes by 19th Century poet Christina Rossetti and delightful art by the highly- praised Ne...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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STRUTTIN’ WITH SOME BARBEQUE: Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Rachel Himes ...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2019
  • Length: 02:02
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Hello, Lighthouse written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall is a charming story about the lighthouse keeper’s duties in past times including polis...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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The Undefeated written by poet Kwame Alexander and illustrated by artist Kader Nelson is a celebration of unforgettable, undeniable and unbelievabl...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jul 08, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Dad By My Side, written and illustrated by Soosh is a captivating picture book about the love between a Dad and his little daughter. Soosh visually...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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If I Was the Sunshine written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Loren Long is a gorgeous picture book that poetically suggests the many relation...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1