September and October are the months we concentrate on the Michigan Reads! program. We send out Michigan Reads! kits to all public library outlets (main libraries and branches), Head Start Programs, Great Start Readiness Programs, and all schools serving Kindergarten through second grade. We also provide kits to Great Start to Quality centers for child care provider training. These kits include a hardcover copy of the year's book, a programming and resource guide filled with Michigan Academic standards based ideas to use in conjunction with the book; a poster, and bookmarks to use with the kids.
The Library of Michigan launches the Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book program in September. We look forward each year to reaching more children in more libraries and classrooms and working with a program for certified child care providers. TMichigan Reads! focuses on the importance of reading and sharing books with children, especially toddlers through early elementary, and the vital role libraries play in providing access to the quality books, programs and services that lay the foundation for reading and school success.
Our funders are helping librarians, early childhood educators, parents, and caregivers with materials and ideas to help children develop literacy skills through play-based activities. The program also had additional support from the Library of Michigan Foundation, and Sleeping Bear Press. 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.
The information and program ideas on this site have been developed by librarians from across Michigan to help further the goals of Michigan Reads!:
- to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers
- to increase awareness and usage of Michigan's libraries
Open a Book, Open Their World!
Bookmark us at michigan.gov/michiganreads
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