• 2014 Michigan Reads Acoustic Rooster Jacket coverMichigan Reads! 2014

     The 2014 Michigan Reads! book was Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Tim Bowers. We welcomed children, parents, caregivers, librarians and teachers to participate in our 10th program year. In the 2014 book, Acoustic Rooster learns about music, teamwork and sportsmanship. After realizing he can't win the barnyard talent contest as a solo act with such fierce competition, a rooster with a love for jazz looks for help from other animals. A quartet with an unbelievable sound is created, with their ability to work together cleverly captured in this book with rhyming text, reference to key American musicians and vivid illustrations.

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

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Author and Illustrator

  • Kwame Alexander and Tim Bowers

    Meet the Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band author and illustrator!

    Picture of Kwame Alexander 2014 Michigan Reads author Kwame Alexander is a poet, publisher, and an award-winning producer of literary programs. He has written for television, the stage, and authored 13 books. He conducts writing/publishing workshops at schools and conferences throughout the country. See more about his work and books at Kwame Alexander - Doing the Write Thing


    Picture of Tim Bowers Michigan Reads illustratorEven at a young age, Tim Bowers's artwork reflected a strong sense of humor and an interest in animals. He now has illustrated more than 25 children's books and garnered various awards including the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list and several Junior Library Guild selections. Tim lives with his family in Granville, Ohio, and travels to schools and libraries to share his work with students. See more about his work and art at www.timbowers.com