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.  

Children's Bookshelf Host, Dr. Sue Ann Martin

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.

The Children's Bookshelf only accepts for possible review titles that are sent from the children's book divisions of national publishers. 

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The Children's Bookshelf: Keeping the City Going

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KEEPING THE CITY GOING written and illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Brian Floca is a superb picture book written in honor of all the people who kept our cities open during Covid lockdowns. In this case it is the author’s hometown of New York City.

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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 timely and well-told story about the woman scientist who first discovered the human coronavirus in 1964.

The Children's Bookshelf: The Wisdom of Trees

Apr 26, 2021
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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 nonfiction picture book that honors the incredible community of trees and how trees actually communicate with each other through systems of chemical and electrical signals spread via fungi. “These fungi branch out in a dense network of straw-like fibers” says the author as she explains what is called the Wood Wide Web.  

The Children's Bookshelf: Jump at the Sun

Apr 12, 2021
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Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston written by Alicia D. Williams in a fascinating folklore motif and beautifully illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara is an engaging story of how Zora first heard folktales as a child while sitting on the porch of the general store in Eatonville, Florida.    

The Children's Bookshelf: Let Liberty Rise!

Apr 5, 2021
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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 happy story about how the people of France built the Statue of Liberty and gave it to the people of the United States in honor of the 100th birthday of America’s democracy.

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