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


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The Three Billy Goats Gruff retold by Mac Barnette and illustrated by Jon Klassen tells the story of how the Billy Goats out smart the hungry but g...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
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Very Good Hats written by Emma Straub and illustrated by Blanca Gómez is a delightful picture book about what makes a hat a hat. This concept book...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
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Mister Kitty is Lost! written and illustrated by the talented Greg Pizzoli is perfect for children 0-3 years of age. The story is about a lost kit...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
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You So Black written by Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. and illustrated by London Ladd is a very special picture book. The text is based on a poem by ...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jan 11, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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A Library written by Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by Erin K. Robinson is a beautiful story about the power of reading and the importance of those...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jan 04, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Butterfly Child written and gorgeously illustrated by Marc Majewski is a beautiful story about an inventive child who builds butterfly wings with w...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Dec 28, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Issy Paints written and illustrated by Tim Miller is a feast for the eyes as well as an adorable story about a koala bear who learns to love and pa...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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How to Eat a Book written by Mrs. and Mr. MacLeod is a picture book for readers 5-9 years of age about the power of books. Shelia, Gerald, and Ger...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Dec 14, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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THE GIFT of the MAGI written by celebrated writer O. Henry in 1906 and illustrated by acclaimed artist Lisbeth Zwerger is a beautiful short story ...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Dec 07, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The Nutcracker with text based on the ballet and with gorgeous illustrations throughout by Susan Jeffers is one of the most beautiful picture books...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Nov 30, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Madame Alexander: The Creator of the Iconic American Doll is written by Susan Goldman Rubin and illustrated by Sarah Dvojack will delight readers 5...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Nov 22, 2022
  • Length: 02:02
  • Purchases: 2
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The First Notes: The Story of DO, RE, MI is a beautifully told story about the discovery of the musical scale by Guido d’ Arezzo. It is written by ...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Nov 16, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Boo! Hiss! written and designed by Cyndi Marko is an engaging chapter book for readers 6-9 years of age told in a delightful graphic novel style. ...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Nov 09, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The Little Book of JOY is written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams and Rachel Neumann and with outsta...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Nov 01, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking written by Tina Ozcewicz, illustrated by Aleksandra Zajac and translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft i...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Oct 25, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Let’s Build a Little Train written by Julia Richardson and illustrated by Ryan 0’Rourke is a bright, colorful, and happy story about the designing,...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Oct 19, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Witch Hazel gorgeously written and illustrated by Molly Idle, a Caldicott Medal Honoree, is a beautiful story about a grandmother named Hazel and a...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Oct 11, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The Worst Teddy EVER written and illustrated by Marcelo Verdad follows a little boy by the name of Noa who is disgusted with his Teddy because he i...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Oct 04, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Magnolia Flower adapted by Ibram X. Kendi and illustrated by Loveis Wise is a picture book for readers 5-8 years of age based on a short story writ...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Sep 28, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Friends written and beautifully illustrated by Daniela Sosa is a timely book for youngsters 4-8 years of age who are now back in the classroom and ...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Sep 22, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2