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 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 KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jun 14, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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I AM MADE OF MOUNTAINS written by Alexandra Hinrichs and illustrated by Vivian Mineker is an unusual picture book for readers 4-8 years of age abou...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jun 08, 2023
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 2
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A Flag for Juneteenth written and illustrated by Kim Taylor is a gorgeous picture book about this important holiday that takes place on June 19th a...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Jun 08, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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What’s Inside a Flower? And other Questions about Science and Nature. This engaging book is all about flowers and is written and illustrated by the...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: May 24, 2023
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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


  • Added: May 18, 2023
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 1
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The Together Tree written by Aisha Saeed and illustrated by LeUyen Pham for readers 4-8 years of age is a well told story both verbally and visuall...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: May 10, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The Eyes and the Impossible written by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris is a truly fascinating novel for readers 8-12 years of age. The ...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: May 04, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Let’s Go! written and illustrated by Geisel Award winner Michael Emberley is a clever and sweet story about how five animal friends attempt to get ...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: May 04, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The Book of Turtles is written by Sy Montgomery and illustrated by Matt Patterson is a terrifically interesting and beautifully illustrated picture...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Apr 18, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Little Land written and illustrated by Diana Sudyka is a gorgeous and fascinating picture book about the history of the land: its difficulties, ne...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Apr 13, 2023
  • Length: 04:01
  • Purchases: 2
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How to Write a Poem written by poet and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and poet Deanna Nikaido and illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Apr 10, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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PALACE OF BOOKS written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco is a true story that Polacco lived when she was a child in Battle Creek Michigan. She w...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Mar 29, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Justice Rising: 12 Amazing Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement written by Katherine Russell-Brown and illustrated by Kim Holt is a beautiful...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Mar 27, 2023
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Kidstory: 50 Children and Young People Who Shook Up the World solidly written by Tom Adams and illustrated with joyful colors by Sarah Walsh is a t...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Mar 16, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Evergreen written and illustrated by Caldecott medalist Matthew Cordell is an endearing picture book for children 2-5 years of age about a young sq...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Mar 15, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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This is the Planet Where I Live written by K. L. Going and illustrated by Debra Frasier adds material to the story with each new page much like the...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Mar 09, 2023
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Once Upon a Book written by Grace Lin and Kate Messner and illustrated by Caldecott Honor Book winner Grace Lin is a wonderful story about a young ...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Feb 27, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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A Flag for Juneteenth written and gorgeously illustrated by Kim Taylor is an outstanding picture book about this important holiday that takes place...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Feb 22, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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This is a Poem That Heals Fish written by Jean-Pierre Siméon and illustrated by Olivier Tallec is a charming introduction to what a poem could pos...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Feb 15, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Feb 01, 2023
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2