The Children's Bookshelf

Series produced by WCMU Michigan

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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


300 Pieces

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I Will Read To You written by Gideon Sterer and illustrated by Charles Santoso shows the little boy’s absolute determination to include all creatur...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
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Some Days Are Yellow written by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Michelle Lee is a wonderfully designed picture book for children 3-7 years of age ...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
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A Walk in the Woods written by Nikki Grimes with original drawings by Jerry Pinkney and watercolor paintings by Brian Pinkney is a very important b...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
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ROLLIN ‘ON DOWN THE LINE: Lady Bird Johnson’s 1964 Whistle-Stop Tour for Civil Rights is a stunning picture book and history book for readers 6-10 ...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
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America the Beautiful written and illustrated by Wendell Minor with poem by Katharine Lee Bates is one of the most visually exciting picture books ...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
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No Cats In The Library written and illustrated by Lauren Emmons is a wonderful look at a very determined cat named Clarisse who loves books.

  • Added: Jul 10, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
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Summer’s Call: A Michigan Day written by Amber Lynn Hellewell and illustrated by Gretchen Ellen Powers is a reaffirming picture book celebrating th...

Bought by WCNY


  • Added: Jul 10, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Swallows Swirl written with ease and fun by Christina Wilsdon and illustrated with gorgeous movement by Jess Mason is a wonderful picture book for...

Bought by WCNY


  • Added: Jul 10, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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I Am Made of Mountains written by Alexandra Heinrichs and illustrated by Vivian Mineker is an interesting book for children 4-8 years of age about ...

Bought by WCNY


  • Added: Jun 24, 2024
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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A Natural History of Fairies is compiled beautiful by Emily Hawkins and illustrated with great beauty by Jessica Roux for readers 6-10 years of age...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and WCNY


  • Added: Jun 19, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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PALACE OF BOOKS written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco is a true story that Polacco lived when she was a child in Battle Creek Michigan. She w...

Bought by KRPS, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and WCNY


  • Added: Jun 14, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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The Dream Catcher is a beautiful story about a boy and his grandfather written and illustrated for children 4-8 years of age by Marcelo Verdad.

Bought by KRPS, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and WCNY


  • Added: Jun 12, 2024
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Mother Goose Treasury ----A Timeless Collection of Favorite Nursery Rhymes, illustrated with great care and fun by Priscilla Lamont, is perfect for...

Bought by KRPS, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and WCNY


  • Added: Jun 05, 2024
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 3
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Finding Things is written with wonderful incite about children 4-8 years of age by Keven Henkes. It is beautifully illustrated by Laura Dronzek as ...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: May 29, 2024
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 2
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UP HIGH written and illustrated by Matt Hunt is a delightfully told story about the love between a father and son. Their walk through the very crow...

Bought by KRPS, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and WCNY


  • Added: May 22, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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What’s Inside a Flower? And Other Questions about Science and Nature written and illustrated by the versatile Rachel Ignotofsky is a very interesti...

Bought by KRPS, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and WCNY


  • Added: May 16, 2024
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Books Make Good Friends written by Jane Mount is a delightful picture book about books! Children, mothers and dads and grandparents will all be abl...

Bought by KRPS, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and WCNY


  • Added: May 15, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Island of Whispers is written gorgeously by Frances Hardinge and beautifully illustrated by Emily Gravett. It is a stunning story about a young boy...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: May 02, 2024
  • Length: 02:02
  • Purchases: 2
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ZILOT and Other Important Rhymes written by Bob Odenkirk and illustrated by Erin Odenkirk is a cute, clever, creative book of over 70 rhymes for th...

Bought by KRPS, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and WCNY


  • Added: Apr 25, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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As The Seas Rise: Nicole Hernandez Hammer and the Fight for Climate Justice is an interesting picture book biography. The pictures are beautiful, a...

Bought by KRPS, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and WCNY


  • Added: Apr 24, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3