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


181 Pieces

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Summer’s Call: A Michigan Day is a lovely picture book about the day spring turns into summer written with lyrical beauty by Amber Lynn Hellewell a...

  • Added: May 19, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
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Pigeon and Cat written and illustrated by Edward Hemingway is a beautiful story of friendship between a lonely cat who lives in a cardboard box and...

  • Added: May 13, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
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I Color Myself Different written by Colin Kaepernick and illustrated by Eric Wilkerson is a nicely told picture book about difference for readers 4...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: May 04, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The Lantern House written by Erin Napier and illustrated by Adam Trest is a beautiful story in both word and picture about the actions and thoughts...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Apr 27, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Chester Van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme written by Avery Monsen and illustrated by Abby Hanlon is a lively picture book in both words and picture...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Apr 20, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Treasury of Magical Tales from Around the World written by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Christina Balit is an outstanding collection of 29 st...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Apr 12, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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MINA written and beautifully illustrated by Matthew Forsythe is a well told story about a darling little girl mouse, Mina, who loves books and liv...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Apr 06, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Some Questions About Trees is perfectly written and illustrated by Toni Yuly. It is a charming picture book about a little girl’s thirteen questio...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Mar 31, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Girls Solve Everything: Stories of Women Entrepreneurs Building a Better World written by Catherine Thimmesh and illustrated by Melissa Sweet conta...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Mar 23, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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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 and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Mar 16, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Aaron Slater, Illustrator is a picture book about a young boy who loves to hear stories but who cannot read or write stories. In fact, words on a p...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Mar 09, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The Story of Lin-Manuel Miranda written by Frank Berrios and illustrated by Marta Dorado is an engaging biography of the actor and creator of the m...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Mar 02, 2022
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Knight Owl written and illustrated by Christopher Denise is a dazzling picture book about determination, thinking on your feet and finding common g...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Feb 23, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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I Am Mozart, Too: The Lost Genius of Maria Anna Mozart written by Audrey Ades and illustrated by Adelina Lirius is a picture book biography of Wolf...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Feb 16, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Cornbread and Poppy written and illustrated by Caldecott Award winner Matthew Cordell is a terrific Early Reader Book about two little mouse friend...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Feb 09, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas written by Jeanne Walker Harvey and illustrated by Loveis Wise is an eye-popping picture book bio...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Feb 02, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The Impossible Mountain written and illustrated with charm by David Soman is a beautiful tale of two children, Anna and her little brother Finn. Th...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Jan 27, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Angelina and the Valentine’s Day Surprise written by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig is a delightful small paper over board pictu...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jan 25, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Wombat Underground: A Wildfire Survival Story written beautifully by Sarah L. Thomson and illustrated in eye-popping colors of yellow and orange b...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jan 18, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Black Ballerinas: My Journey To Our Legacy written beautifully by Misty Copeland, the first female African American principal dancer at American Ba...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jan 11, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2