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 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 ...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944 written by Lauren Tarshis, adapted by Georgia Ball and art by Alvaro Sarraseca is a well-done graphic novel of...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Eyes that Kiss in the Corners written by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho is a lyrically written story about how one little girl comes to term...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer and KRPS


  • Added: May 26, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The Farmer and the Circus is the third in Marla Frazee’s farmer trilogy. Frazee, who has won the Caldecott Medal twice, continues to tell the story...

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  • Added: May 20, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Baloney and Friends: Going Up! written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli is the second graphic novel in this charming series about how Baloney the P...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: May 11, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The Crow and the Peacock written and illustrated by Jo Fernihough is a reworking of a fable about self-esteem and happiness. Crow has always felt g...

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  • Added: May 05, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Sharing A Smile written by Nicki Kramar and illustrated by Ashley Evans is about how little Sophie solves her hesitancy about wearing a mask when g...

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Keeping the City Going written and illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Brian Floca is a beautiful picture book about how first responders kept Ne...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Apr 21, 2021
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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June Almeida Virus Detective! The Woman Who Discovered the First Human Coronavirus written by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Elisa Paganelli is a...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom written and illustrated by Lita Judge is a beautiful non-fiction picture boo...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams written by Jessica Young and illustrated by Rafael López is a beautiful book about the love that exists between child...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Mar 30, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Jump At The Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston written by Alicia Williams and illustrated by Jacqueline Alcán...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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LET LIBERTY RISE! How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty written by Chana Stiefel and illustrated by Chuck Groenink is a we...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Mar 16, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World written by Elena Favilli and illustrated by 70 terrific artists celeb...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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SUMMER OF THE TREE ARMY: A Civilian Conservation Corps Story written by National Book Award winner Gloria Whelan and illustrated by Kirby Fagan is ...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Mar 02, 2021
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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ALLERGIC written by Megan Wagner Lloyd and illustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter is an energetic graphic novel for middle grade readers about pets, a...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Feb 22, 2021
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1