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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SULWE written by actress Lupita Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison is a wise and beautiful story within a story about a child who struggles...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
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LOVE, Sophia on the moon written by Anica Rissi and illustrated by Mika Song is a delightful and comforting story about temporary anger and uncondi...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
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RAILWAY JACK: The True Story of an Amazing Baboon written by K.T. Johnston and illustrated by César Samaniego is a beautiful story about an injured...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
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THE FABLED LIFE OF AESOP by Ian Lendler and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski is a well told and beautifully illustrated picture book about a slave ...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
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THE SECRET KINGDOM: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art written by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Claire A. Nivola is based ...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2020
  • Length: 01:59
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TRUTH and HONOR: The President Ford Story written by Lindsey McDivitt and vividly illustrated by Matt Faulkner is a picture book biography of the 3...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
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FEED YOUR MIND: A Story of August Wilson written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Cannaday Chapman is a fascinating picture book for older children...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2020
  • Length: 02:02
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Memoirs of a Tortoise written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers is a gentle story about friendship and loss. Oliver the Tortoise is t...

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  • Added: Aug 24, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
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When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree written by Jamie Deenihan and illustrated by Lorraine Rocha is a fun-filled picture book for ages 3-7 about a l...

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  • Added: Aug 31, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
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TUNE IT OUT written by Jamie Sumner is an interesting and engaging novel for middle grade readers 10-14 years of age about a girl named Lou who has...

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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CONSTRUCTION PEOPLE, poems selected by the late Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Ellen Shi is a lively step by step picture book for 4-8 year...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2020
  • Length: 01:59
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THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science written by Joyce Sidman is a gorgeous biography of this 17th Century artist a...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
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THE SILVER ARROW written by Lev Grossman is an exciting novel about a magical train with a cargo of animal. Kate gets a steam engine from her uncle...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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SING SOME MORE written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Howard Gray is a fun-filled picture book for children 3-7 years of age about a happy qu...

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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16 WORDS: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow” written by Lisa Rogers and illustrated by Chuck Groenink is a gently told and illustrat...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
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I Am Benjamin Franklin written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos is another in the terrific Ordinary People Change the Wor...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
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DISSENTER ON THE BENCH: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Work written by Victoria Ortiz is a wonderfully researched book for readers 13 and up. The s...

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The Farmer and the Monkey by Marla Frazee is the second of the wordless picture books in the Farmer Trilogy. It starts were the highly praised firs...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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WILD SYMPHONY written by Dan Brown and illustrated by Susan Batori is a lively picture book full of visual and auditory delight for readers 4-8 yea...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Eric written and illustrated by Tan Shaun is now available in a new stand-alone edition. The story revolves around one family’s experience hosting ...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1