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


52 Pieces

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Dr. Sue Ann Martin reviews Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Floyd Cooper (a picture b...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2017
  • Length: 02:00
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This week, Dr. Sue Ann Martin reviews Fish Girl, written by David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by David Wiesner (a powerful graphic ...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2017
  • Length: 02:00
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Sue Ann Martin reviews First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees who Make America Great.

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 02:00
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Sue Ann Martin reviews Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 02:00
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Sue Ann Martin reviews Martin Rising by Andrea Davis Pinkney.

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 02:00
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Sue Ann Martin reviews Ocean Meets Sky by Eric and Terry Fan.

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 02:00
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Sue Ann Martin reviews Highest Mountain Smallest Star by Kate Baker and Page Tsou.

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 02:00
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Sue Ann Martin Reviews Night Train, Night Train by Robert Burleigh.

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 02:00
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Sue Ann Martin reviews the Journey of Little Charlie.

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 02:00
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Sue Ann Martin reviews Highest Mountain Smallest Star by Kate Baker and Page Tsou

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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WHAT IS POETRY? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems written by past UK Poet Laureate Michael Rosen is an engaging discussion of how po...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
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PERFECT written and illustrated by Max Amato is an entertaining picture book about two different points of view---one held by a pink eraser and ano...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
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LITTLE DREAMERS: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison is an expansive look at the accomplishments of women worldwide and includes or...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
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The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung written by Samantha R. Vamos and illustrated by Sebastià Serra is a joyful bilingual picture book told in a cu...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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CICADA written and illustrated by Shaun Tan is a powerful story about how people often marginalize “the other” in the community. The author brillia...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert written by Morag Hood and illustrated by Ella Okstad is a picture book full of fun and flair. Sophie is a self-accla...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
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A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon written by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamis...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2019
  • Length: 02:02
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THE LITTLE RABBIT written and illustrated with charm by Nicola Killen is a picture book full of adventure and imagination with a little help from a...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
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PLANTING STORIES: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré written by Anika Aldamuy Denise and illustrated by Paola Escobar is a lively st...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Apr 15, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The Things That I LOVE about TREES written by Chris Butterworth and illustrated by Charlotte Voake is a celebration of one little girl’s joy of tre...

Bought by KRPS and Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting


  • Added: Apr 22, 2019
  • Length: 02:02
  • Purchases: 2