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


290 Pieces

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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...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
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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 WCNY


  • Added: Jun 12, 2024
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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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 WCNY


  • Added: Jun 05, 2024
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 1
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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 ...

  • Added: May 29, 2024
  • Length: 02:00
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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 KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and WCNY


  • Added: May 22, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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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
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Grandma’s Hair is Ankle Length written by Adriana Camacho-Church and illustrated by Carmen Lop is a beautiful picture book told in both English and...

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


  • Added: Apr 16, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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My Thoughts Have Wings written by Maggie Smith and illustrated by Leanne Hatch is softly told in both words and pictures. A little girl has trouble...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Apr 11, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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K is in Trouble written, designed, and illustrated by Gary Clement is a wonderfully fascinating graphic novel. A young boy named K seems to have on...

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


  • Added: Apr 04, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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NO CATS IN THE LIBRARY written and gorgeously illustrated in hot orange, spicy yellow and soothing green colors by Lauren Emmons is a sweet story a...

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


  • Added: Mar 27, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Leafy Landmarks: Travel with Trees is a beautiful road trip for the whole family as 14 wonderful trees are presented for the family to enjoy. Lusci...

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


  • Added: Mar 20, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Tree House Town is a delightful picture book about creative children and beautiful animals, as they play, cook, and take care of each other and the...

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


  • Added: Mar 14, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Little Messy Marcy Su written by Cherie Fu and illustrated by Julie Kwon is a delightful picture book for readers 4-8 years of age about one child’...

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


  • Added: Mar 14, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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The Ramadan Drummer written by Sahtinay Abaza and illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova is a beautiful story full of joy, celebration, and gorgeous ill...

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


  • Added: Feb 22, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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The Door That Had Never Been Opened Before written and illustrated by Mrs. and Mr. MacLeod is a truly delightful picture book for children 4-8 year...

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


  • Added: Feb 13, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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10 Dogs written and illustrated by Emily Gravett is a delightful counting book that tells the story of ten dogs trying to get the ten sausages that...

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


  • Added: Feb 07, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3