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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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
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Coretta: The Autobiography of Mrs. Coretta Scott King with the Reverend Dr. Barbara Reynolds and illustrated by Ekua Holmes is a very graceful tell...

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


  • Added: Feb 07, 2024
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
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KIN: Rooted in Hope written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Jeffery Boston Weatherford is a striking account of their family’s past...

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


  • Added: Feb 01, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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I Lived Inside a Whale written and illustrated with great insight, understanding and imagination by Xin Li is a beautiful picture book for readers ...

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


  • Added: Jan 31, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Fighting with Love: The Legacy of John Lewis is written with great skill by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated beautifully by James E. Ransome. Thi...

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


  • Added: Jan 23, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Ten Little Rabbits written and illustrated by the late but never forgotten Maurice Sendak brings his wonderful talent to a new group of children. T...

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


  • Added: Jan 16, 2024
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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PRX ---- The Official Harry Potter Cookbook: 40 + Recipes inspired by the films is a tasty book by author Joanna Farrow for children ten years of a...

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


  • Added: Jan 09, 2024
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
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The Girl Who Heard the Music written by Marni Fogelson with Mahani Teave and illustrated by Marta Alverez Miguens is three stories in one---all bri...

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


  • Added: Dec 26, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Some Days Are Yellow written by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Michelle Lee is a fine concept book regarding the fact that we all experience good...

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


  • Added: Dec 22, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Keyana Loves Her Friend written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow is a delightful story about friendship an...

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


  • Added: Dec 14, 2023
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
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How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. It is a cute and very clever look at how Santa does, ...

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


  • Added: Dec 14, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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The Snow Man: A True Story written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Jeanette Winter takes place near the bottom of the Rocky Mountains of Colorad...

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


  • Added: Nov 29, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Glitter Everywhere is a well-researched and written book by Chris Barton and a beautifully illustrated book by Chaaya Prabhat about the very intere...

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


  • Added: Nov 16, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Just Like Grandma written by Kim Rogers and illustrated by Julie Flett is a beautiful story about the love between a young girl by the name of Becc...

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


  • Added: Nov 16, 2023
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 3
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What You Need to Be Warm is written by the highly- praised author Neil Gaiman who is also a Goodwell Ambassador for UNHCR. The poem makes a strong ...

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


  • Added: Nov 08, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3