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Michigan Reads! One Book One State Children's Book Program

The 2014 Michigan Reads! book was Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Tim Bowers. We welcomed children, parents, caregivers, librarians and teachers to participate in our 10th program year. In our 2014 book, Acoustic Rooster learns about music, teamwork and sportsmanship. After realizing he can't win the barnyard talent contest as a solo act with such fierce competition, a rooster with a love for jazz looks to help from other animals. A quartet with an unbelievable sound is created, with their ability to work together cleverly captured in this book with rhyming text, references to key American musicians, and vivid illustrations.

Look here for more information and materials, such as the author and illustrator tour locations, event pictures, the programming guide, press release and many other materials!

Michigan Reads! sponsored by Target          Woolbur book cover          Michigan Reads! logo

What's New!

Program activities have wrapped up around the state. Thank you to all who partnered with the Library of Michigan and participated in the program this year. We will be working on the 2015 program over the winter and will be announcing the new book with a pdf version of the programming guide in April/May 2015.

The 2014 Programming Guide for Acoustic Rooster includes activities for infants, toddlers, preschooler and school age children. The guide also has early literacy information and materials for teachers, librarians, parents and caregivers and incorporates your suggestions from last year's survey. You can also listen to the author, Kwame Alexander, read the book!

The Lions Club of Michigan continued to partner with the Library of Michigan for the 2014 program. Lions can be guest readers, help with activities and may also be able to do vision checks for children. For more information, see the Lions Club Partnership Information Sheet.

For those new to the program, view the Michigan Reads! Overview, a 6 minute recorded webinar. If you have questions about the program, our One Page on Michigan Reads! may help and you can find many more materials and information at the links below.

Additional 2014 Information at the Links Below!

Check out the Press and Pictures button below for pictures, videos and articles. Send us your pictures and links and we'll post them!

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Programming Guide

Author tour


Press and Pictures

Authors and Illustrators


The Michigan Reads! program is sponsored by Target, with additional support from the Library of Michigan Foundation and Sleeping Bear Press. For more information on our sponsors, see the About Michigan Reads! page.

For questions and or to share stories and photos, contact Karren Reish at or 517-241-0021.

Updated 01/02/2015