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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A Parliament of Owls written in delightful rhymes by Devin Scillian and colorfully illustrated by Sam Caldwell is a fun-filled picture book about t...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Sep 05, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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THE CAPITOL: A Meet the Nation’s Capitol Book written and illustrated by Lindsay Ward will take young readers through a delightful tour of all the...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Aug 29, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Annette Feels Free: The True Story of Annette Kellerman, World Class Swimmer, Fashion Pioneer, and Real-Life Mermaid written and illustrated by Kat...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Aug 22, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Bravo, Bucket Head is a delightful picture book for readers 4-8 years of age about shyness. Helen Lester’s writing and Lynn Munsinger’s illustratio...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Aug 17, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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YES WE WILL: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country is written by Kelly Yang and illustrated by 15 Asian and Asian American artists---all of whom ...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Aug 04, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Brand New Bubbe written by Sarah Aronson and illustrated by Ariel Landy is a story about a little girl named Jillian who gets a new grandma when he...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jul 26, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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RIDE ON by writer and artist Faith Erin Hicks with colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick is a gorgeous graphic novel about horses, the girls who ride them an...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jul 20, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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I am I.M. Pei written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos is the 38th biography in the Ordinary People Change the World serie...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jul 13, 2022
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Cornbread and Poppy at the Carnival written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell is a charming story of two friends as they experience the carnival. ...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jul 07, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Alice Nizzy Nazzy written by Tomie dePaola is a delightful reissuing of the 1995 story about a little girl looking for her sheep and a witch who i...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jun 29, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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FREE AT LAST: A Juneteenth Poem written by poet Sojourner Kincaid Rolle and illustrated by figurative artist Alex Bostic is a beautiful and importa...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jun 23, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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I Am Dolly Parton written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos is the 28th addition to the popular Ordinary People Change the ...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jun 15, 2022
  • Length: 02:02
  • Purchases: 1
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Moving Words About a Flower written by K.C. Hayes and illustrated by Barbara Chotiner is a colorful presentation about the unique life span of a da...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jun 07, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Big and Small and In-Between written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Daniel Miyares is a lovely concept book for children 3-5 years of age ab...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: Jun 01, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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POWWOW DAY, written by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight is a touching story for readers 5-8 years of age about a young girl named...

Bought by KRPS and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: May 25, 2022
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

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


  • Added: May 19, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KRPS


  • Added: May 13, 2022
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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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