About Michigan Reads

  • Michigan Reads logoWelcome to Michigan's One State, One Children's Book Program

    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

    Michigan Reads!
    Open a Book, Open Their World!


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  • Michigan Reads! Sponsor and Supporters

    Majority support of the Michigan Reads! program provided 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 the Library of Michigan Foundation.


    ConsumersA grant from Consumers Energy Foundation helps Michigan Reads! provide reading opportunities and promote literacy for thousands of Michigan Children.  The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy, and it provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment and emerging issues.  Consumers Energy, its foundation, parent company CMS Energy, employees and retirees last year contributed over $6.5 million to Michigan non-profits, including over $535,000 to early-childhood programs.

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History of Michigan Reads!

  • History of the Michigan Reads! program

    The Michigan Reads! program began in 2004. The Library of Michigan encourages family and early literacy programming as a way to encourage reading and put children on the road to academic success throughout the State of Michigan.

    The program has a wide focus, including public libraries, all schools with a K-2 classroom, Head Start programs and Great Start Readiness programs. The Library of Michigan feels that with this focus, each community partner has a greater impact on children who are learning a consistent skill and hearing a consistent message on reading.

    The program selects a single picture book each year and develops materials based on that book. The materials, including a programming guide, bookmarks, stickers, posters, etc., are distributed to the community partners listed above.

    To date, the program has included

    • 2015 - Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
    • 2014 - Acoustic Rooster by Kwame Alexander
    • 2013 - Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski
    • 2012 - Moose on the Loose by Kathy-jo Wargin
    • 2011 - Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian
    • 2010 - The Runaway Garden by Jeffery Schatzer
    • 2009 - The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
    • 2008 - Raccoon Tune by Nancy Shaw
    • 2007 - Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski
    • 2006 - Bed Hogs by Kelly DiPucchio
    • 2004 - Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene

    Materials from earlier programs can be found at the links on the left.

Need More Information?

  • Not sure who to ask?

    E-mail Youth Services Coordinator Cathy Lancaster at lancasterc5@michigan.gov or call at 517-335-8129.