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

The Library of Michigan selected Do Unto Otters written and illustrated by Laurie Keller for the 2015 program. In the book book, Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are otters. OTTERS! But he doesn't know anything about otters. Will they be friends? Will they even get along?  Follow Mr. Rabbit as he learns how to be a good friend and neighbor by simply following the Golden Rule.

Look here for more information and materials, such as event pictures, press release and more about the program across the years, including the 2015 Annual Report.

Do Unto Otter Book cover 
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What's New for 2016!

The Michigan Reads program will be changing our schedule to March for "March is Reading month." The Library will select the next book in spring 2016, develop materials in summer and fall, and then deliver the materials 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.

Additional 2015 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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Library of Michigan Programming Guide

Author tour


Press and Pictures

Authors and Illustrators


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 Jackson National Life Insurance and Macmillan Publishing. 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 reishk@michigan.gov or 517-241-0021.

Updated 01/11/2016