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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Music for Mister Moon written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead is an unusual picture book about a child’s need for a quiet place in which to enjoy and develop her creativity and also about the sharing of that special gift when it is time.


THE PROPER WAY TO MEET A HEDGEHOG: and Other How-To Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Richard Jones features 33 delightful poems on the theme of learning how to do something from April Halprin Wayland’s How To Ride A New Bike to Margarita


SMILE: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry) written by Gary Golio and illustrated by Ed Young is a picture book biography for middle grade readers about the early life of Chaplin and how he developed his beloved character, Little Tramp.


SAY Something! written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds is an energetic picture book that urges children to speak out confidently by using their voice, their written words, their knack for drawing or their ability to write a poem or sing a song.


RISING WATER: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue written by Marc Aronson is a compelling piece of non-fiction for middle grade readers about the astonishing rescue of the twelve boys of the Wild Boars Soccer Club and their coach. They had wandered into the cave system and were trapped when the rainy season came early to Thailand.


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