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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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...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids written and illustrated by Elizabeth Haidle is an interesting look at 10 famous authors and how th...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Music for Mister Moon written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead is a very unusual book about a child’s need for a quiet place in ...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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THE PROPER WAY TO MEET A HEDGEHOG: and Other How-To Poems selected by Paul Janeczko and perfectly illustrated by Richard Jones features 33 poems on...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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SMILE: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry) written by Gary Golio and illustrated by Ed Young is a picture book biography ...

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  • Added: May 26, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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SAY SOMETHING! written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds is a joyful picture book that maintains every voice is important. It urges children to ...

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  • Added: May 13, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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RISING WATER: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue written by Marc Aronson is a well-researched and clearly laid out account of the miraculous rescue ...

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  • Added: May 13, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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SWEET DREAMERS written and illustrated by Isabelle Simler is an informative and creative picture book overview of 27 animals and their sleep habits...

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  • Added: May 06, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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DREAMING in CODE: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer well-written and researched by Emily Arnold McCully is a fascinating biography of a girl who...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 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
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2019
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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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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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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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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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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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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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