The Children's Bookshelf

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, at Central Michigan University.

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.

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.