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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Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem written by Amanda Gorman and illustrated by Loren Long is a beautiful picture book in both thoughts and illustrat...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Oct 20, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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A House is written and illustrated by Caldecott winner Kevin Henkes. It is an outstanding tale about what makes a house a home. The visuals, render...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Oct 14, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Paradise on Fire written by Jewel Parker Rhodes and illustrated by Serena Malyon is an interesting and exciting book about a group of Black teenage...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Oct 06, 2021
  • Length: 02:02
  • Purchases: 1
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Hardly Haunted written and illustrated by Jessie Sima is a fun-filled picture book about an old empty house who is lonely. After an experience with...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Sep 29, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Thankful written by Elaine Vickers and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill is a special book about a young schoolgirl who puts together a paper chai...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Sep 22, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Delicious! Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World written by Julie Larios and illustrated by Julie Paschkis is a tasty treat celebrating th...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Sep 15, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The Leather Apron Club: Benjamin Franklin, His Son Billy and America’s First Circulating Library is a delightfully told story by Jane Yolen with be...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Sep 08, 2021
  • Length: 02:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma is a celebration of the cellist’s music and his ability to bring people and cultures together. This pict...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Sep 01, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb by Candace Fleming is an extremely well researched and written story for readers 9-12 years o...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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What’s in Your Pocket? Collecting Nature’s Treasures written by Heather Montgomery and illustrated by Maribel Lechuga is a fascinating picture book...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Aug 18, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The Color Collector written by Nicholas Solis and illustrated by Renia Metallinou is a touching story about friendship and the act of welcoming. Vi...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Aug 12, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Dear Teacher, A Celebration of People Who Inspire Us written by Paris Rosenthal and illustrated by Holly Hatam is a thoughtful picture book for chi...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Aug 04, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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America the Beautiful written and illustrated by Wendell Minor with poem by Katharine Lee Bates is a visually stunning picture book for children 4...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Jul 29, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Bunheads written by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Setor Fiadzgbey is a happy look at the first years of Misty Copeland’s career in the world of...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and KRPS


  • Added: Jul 28, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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LISTEN written by Gabi Snyder and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin is a gentle story about the difference between the act of hearing and the act o...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Jul 14, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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A World Full of Dickens Stories: 8 Best Loved Classic Tales Retold for Children written by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Jannicke Hansen is...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and KRPS


  • Added: Jul 07, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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PEACE TRAIN written by Cat Stevens and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds is a gorgeous picture book in celebration of the song’s 50th birthday. Chil...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and KRPS


  • Added: Jun 30, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 4
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I REALLY WANT TO WIN written in rhyme by Simon Philip and illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti is a lesson in not always having to be the winner. The ma...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and KRPS


  • Added: Jun 23, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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DR. FAUCI: How A Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor is a well- researched picture book biography for readers 5-8 years of age by author Kate...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jun 16, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Nerdycorn written by Andre Root and illustrated by Erin Kraan is a delightful tale about a unicorn who has the courage to be different. She spends ...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jun 09, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1