Michigan Reads! 2011

  • GoldfishMemoirs of a Goldfish

    For the 8th year of the Michigan Reads program the book was a delightful memoir. Written as a diary, a goldfish takes the reader through his passage from a quiet life in solitude to each addition to the fishbowl and the changes his life undergoes. As the bowl becomes more crowded, the goldfish must confront his feelings about each of his new neighbors until finally he is alone again, which presents a new set of feelings. Filled with beautiful illustrations that accompany captivating text, the emotions of the goldfish radiate from the page.

    For additional information about this program and previous years' books, please see the links to the left.

Program Guide

  • Programming Guide for Memoirs of a Goldfish

    Memoirs of Goldfish Programming and Resource Guide. This guide contains information on early literacy and the importance of shared reading. Also included are age-appropriate activities related to the book and resources for further exploration. Hosted at the Internet Archive.

Author and Illustrator

  • Devin Scillian

    Devin Scillian, author of Memoir of a GoldfishWhether he's reading from his award-winning children's books at the White House, reporting via satellite from the other side of the world, or on stage performing his own brand of country music, Devin Scillian loves nothing better than telling a story. Children, parents, and teachers know Devin as a best-selling author. Country music fans from Oklahoma to Denmark know him as a talented singer and songwriter. Television viewers in Michigan and Canada know him as their nightly news anchor. On the page, on disc, or on the air, Devin has a tale to tell.

  • Tim Bowers

    Tim Bowers, illustrator of Memoirs of a GoldfishEarly in his career Tim Bowers worked for Hallmark Cards, helping to launch the Shoebox Greetings card line. He has illustrated more than 25 children's books, garnering such awards as the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list. He also illustrated the widely popular First Dog. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio.

About Sea Life

  • 2 goldfish Georgia Aquarium Visit the largest aquarium in the world without leaving your home by visiting this website. Different webcams allow children to view sea life at the aquarium in addition to reading about the different animals.
  • A fish National Aquarium The National Aquarium website enables users to learn about different animals by searching using a drop-down menu in the Animals Index. You can also explore different exhibits online.
  • A diver National Geographic Kids This website allows users to search specific animals or to browse by category to learn more about sea life. A tab for "little kids" includes activities for the younger learners too.