Michigan Reads! One Book One State Children's Book Program: Michigan.gov/michiganreads


The Library of Michigan has selected Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith for the March 2017 program.

What happens when Toad gets stuck in the Bubble Gum melting in the road?  Join Toad & friends in this sticky, rhyming adventure and see what happens when they work together to get out of the mess!

About Michigan Reads

Michigan Reads is a program modeled after “One Book, One Community” and is intended to support the development of early literacy skills as a foundation to future reading and success in school and beyond. Support for Michigan Reads! program is by teh Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan, part of the Michigan Department of Education.  Additional support provided by Consumers Endergy and the Library of Michigan Foundation recognizing the link between libraries and children and families in providing quality books, programs, and services. By including specific play-based activities, the Michigan Reads! program focuses on the role of adults in sharing reading experiences with children from birth through school age to support young children’s developing literacy skills.

See the 2017 Programming Guide below for additional teacher resources, children’s activities.  To check out additional copies of Lisa Wheeler's books you can go to the MeL Catalog at http://mel.org/ or visit your local library. The Michigan Reads! books & kits will begin mailing out on Monday, January 16th.


2017 Programming Guide

The Michigan Reads! Programming and Resource Guide 2017 for Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum is now online!  The guide contains information on early literacy, activities directly related to the 2017 book, templates, coloring, and more!  Written by Meagan K. Shedd, PhD, with contributions by Catherine Lancaster and additional activities by Kris Remenar and Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum author Lisa Wheeler.  

Access the Michigan Reads! Programming and Resource Guide 2017 Full Page Spreads here.  Or you may choose to open & print single pages of the Michigan Reads! Programming and Resource Guide 2017.

Inside the Programming & Resource Guide for Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum you will find: 

MI Reads! Introduction

Literacy Development

Resources…More Great Books to Share with Children

Digital Resources: Websites and Cell Phone and Tablet Applications

Notes for Educators When Thinking about Standards

Activities for Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum

Templates and Activity Sheets


What's New for 2017!

The Michigan Reads program will be changing our schedule to March for "March is Reading month." Materials will be developed for the Fall, with the survey to request an author tour up now (through Nov 14), and delivery of the materials will be in Winter 2017. The next program with author tour will be March 2017 and then annually in March thereafter.

We have the 2015 program and promotional materials at the links below, including the the Programming Guide and the Michigan Academic Standards crosswalk for the programming guide activities. We encourage children, parents, caregivers, librarians and teachers to continue to use the program materials and share a great book!

Michigan Reads program recipients include public libraries, K-2 public and private schools, Head Start programs, Great Start programs and Great Start to Quality resource centers.

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.

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Michigan Reads! is a program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation. This project is also made possible in part by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan. Additional support provided by Hachette Book Group. For more information on our sponsors, see the About Michigan Reads! page.

For questions and or to share stories and photos, contact Cathy Lancaster, 517-335-8129 or lancasterc5@michigan.gov 

Updated 11/1/2016