Sue Ann Martin

Host, The Children's Bookshelf

Sue Ann Martin is professor emerita of Communication and Dramatic Arts and the founding and past Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  She first became interested in children’s literature when she wrote her Ph. D thesis on the oral characteristics of the Caldecott Award-winning children’s books.  Her Ph. D is in Speech and Interpretation with a cognate in Early Childhood Education.  She went on to review children’s books for the Detroit Free Press, write three popular resource books for teachers regarding children’s books and the creative process.   She also reviewed newly-published books for Arts Almanac specials on WCMU Public Radio.  Her 2002 children’s books special for WCMU won a Merit Award in Special Interest Programming from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

“Reading books aloud to young children,” Martin says, “is one of the most satisfying ways to introduce them to the beautiful sounds and lilts of the language, to the wonders of the world, to the excitement of suspense and to the pleasure of concentration, while at the same time, bonding with the child in a genuine, long lasting way.  My mother did the same for me as she read hours and hours of Robert Louis Stevenson poems.”     

This week on The Children's Bookshelf, Dr. Sue Ann Martin reviews "Voyager's Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space," written by Aledandra Siy. She says it is sure to captivate readers age 10 and older.


This week on The Children's Bookshelf, Dr. Sue Ann Martin reviews APEX PREDATORS: The World’s Deadliest Hunters, Past and Present, by Steve Jenkins. She says its a great book for children ages 6 to 9.


This week on The Children's Bookshelf, Dr. Sue Ann Martin reviews "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine," written by Mark Twain and Philip C. Stead. She recommends it for children ages 10 to 13.


This week on the Children's Bookshelf, Dr. Sue Ann Martin reviews "Mrs. White Rabbit" by Gilles Bachelet. She recommends it for children ages 8 to 10.


This week on the Children's Bookshelf, Dr. Sue Ann Martin reviews "We are the Dinosaurs," written by Laurie Berkner. It's a great read for children ages 4 to 8. 


This week on The Children's Bookshelf, Dr. Sue Ann Martin reviews MALALA: Activist for Girls' Education. She says this is a great biography for children ages 6 to 9.


On today's edition of the Children's Bookshelf, Dr. Sue Ann Martin reviews One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by  Nikki Grimes. She says it's a great collection of poetry and art for 10 to 14 year olds.


This week on the Children's Bookshelf, we review The Rooster Who Would Not Be Queit!, a delightful story by Carmen Deedy.