The Children's Bookshelf

Series produced by WCMU

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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


76 Pieces

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PACHO NACHO written by Silvia Lopez and illustrated by Pablo Pina is a variant of the old Chinese folktale Ticki-Ticki-Tembo. This version is set i...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2020
  • Length: 02:08
  • Purchases: 1
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LIFT written by Minh Lé and illustrated by Dan Santat is a lively picture book about sibling rivalry, anger and imaginative solutions. Iris loves g...

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  • Added: May 27, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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HURRY UP! A Book About Slowing Down written by Kate Dopirak and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal is a fascinating picture book about making ti...

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  • Added: May 18, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The Perfect Birthday Recipe written and illustrated delightfully by Katy Hudson celebrates Beaver’s birthday but most of all celebrates how much fr...

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  • Added: May 11, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER written by Jewel Parker Rhodes is a powerful middle-grade novel about two brothers who have biracial parents and how o...

  • Added: May 04, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
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HELP WANTED: Must Love Books written by Janice Sumner Johnson and illustrated by Courtney Dawson is a fun-packed picture book about how one little ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
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STRETCH TO THE SUN: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth written by Carrie A. Pearson and illustrated by Susan Swan is a fascinating, in...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
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NEW KID written and illustrated by Jerry Craft is an excellent story, brilliantly told with both humor and clarity. It is the first graphic novel t...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2020
  • Length: 02:02
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BEAR CAME ALONG written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by LeUyen Pham is a gorgeous picture book about a curious bear and the friends he make...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2020
  • Length: 02:02
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THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE: How One Woman’s Words Made History written by Elisa Boxer and illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger is based on a true st...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2020
  • Length: 02:02
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THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE PHOTO: Frances Perkins and Her New Deal for America written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Alexandra Bye is a fascinati...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers written by Laura Renauld and illustrated by Brigette Barrager is a picture book about how...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
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The Old Truck written and illustrated by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey is a beautifully told story in both words and pictures about a small ...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
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The Escape of Robert Smalls: A Daring Voyage Out of Slavery written by Jehan Jones-Radgowski and illustrated by Poppy Kang is a heart-thumping stor...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
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LEAVE IT TO ABIGAIL! The Revolutionary Life of Abigail Adams is a fast-moving and spirited telling of the story of the wife of President John Adams...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 02:01
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Just Add Glitter written by Angela Di Terlizzi and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill is a story in celebration of knowing when too much of a good t...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 1
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Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost edited skillfully by Jay Parini and illustrated beautifully by Michael Paraskevas is a wonderful presentation of 30 p...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
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The Friendship Book written by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin is a celebration of looking for a friend, finding a friend and bei...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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A NEW HOME written and illustrated by Tania de Regil is a story told by two young narrators about their pending move to a new home in a new country...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2020
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The Crossover: The Graphic Novel written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile is a visually exciting retelling of this 2015 Newber...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2020
  • Length: 02:00