• Brookie fish mascot for the Michigan eLibrary Early Literacy Programs at the Library of Michigan

    The Library of Michigan actively supports the development of early literacy skills for Michigan's children through statewide programs, resources and events.

    Current programs and resources include:

    • Michigan Reads! the annual one-state, one-preschool book program
    • Summer Reading
    • Michigan eLibrary (MeL) Kids Gateway
      • Specific resources within MeL - see links below in Early Literacy Resources You Can Use. These materials are aligned to state and national education standards.

    More information on these programs is provided below along with occasional materials on other events or programs. The Michigan Reads! page listed below has significant resources for librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers.

    Contact Cathy Lancaster at lancasterc5@michigan.gov or 517-335-8129 if you have any questions about early literacy programs and libraries.



Every Child Ready to Read

  • Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan

    The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the launch of a two-year Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) program for 2016 and 2017. This program is based on the American Library Association Every Child Ready to Read materials. Teaching parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children is the basis of the program. The public library is central in providing information and materials to parents and caregivers on early literacy. Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing are the elements of ECRR activities. You can find more information about the program at www.everychildreadytoread.org/.

    The program includes a free copy of the Every Child Ready to Read training materials for Michigan public libraries and a two-year training and continuing education program. Contact Cathy Lancaster at LancasterC5@michigan.gov to request materials.


Michigan Reads!

  • Michigan Reads logo Michigan Reads

    What would happen if every parent, grandparent or caregiver read the same book to Michigan preschoolers at the same time? We're on a mission to find out! Michigan Reads! was launched in 2004 by the Library of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Center for the Book to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers; to encourage family bonding through reading; and to increase awareness and usage of Michigan's libraries. Michigan Reads! is a program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation. The Michigan Reads site has program materials from each year and many, many early literacy resources for parents, caregivers, librarians and teachers.

Summer Reading Program

  • Summer Reading Program

    The Summer Reading program at public libraries encourages children, youth and families to read and helps children maintain reading skills. To support Summer Reading, the Library of Michigan is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a multi-state collaborative. The CSLP membership develops a unified and high-quality promotional and programming product. Membership allows the Library of Michigan to provide CSLP programming manuals, artwork, incentives and publicity to Michigan public libraries.

More Early Literacy Resources You Can Use

  • Early literacy materials for librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers.

    There is a wide range of early literacy information available, including activity-based websites for kids, short video demonstrations for adults, lists of books to read aloud by topic and age group, developmental milestones and much more. Please see the pages below for much more information to help you create successful, engaged readers!

    Access to databases linked below is funded in part by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

  • Early Literacy Resource Links For Parents and Caregivers
  • Resources for Librarians, Teachers and Others Working with Preschoolers
  • Michigan eLibrary (MeL) Kids The MeL Kids page has links to a great variety of quality subscription early literacy resources available to you at no charge. Try them out! Specific MeL resources are listed below and are freely available in Michigan. Click on the titles below to use each resource. If you are unable to access any of these resources, let us know at contact@mel.org.
  • BookFlixâ„¢ An interactive experience that allows beginning readers to explore fiction and non-fiction designed to increase understanding and fluency. Increase comprehension and have fun at the same time!
  • Britannica School

    Resources at the four learning and skill levels including primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies.

  • Early World of Learning Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Includes materials for educators.
  • eBook K-8 Collection Fiction and nonfiction books you can read online - for school and for fun. Search for what you want. Picture books, homework topics, languages learning. Online help available too.
  • eLibrary Elementary All full text. Video, audio, books, pictures, magazines, maps, newspapers, & transcripts of TV and radio shows.
  • Kids InfoBits Developmentally appropriate, visually graphic information. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines and covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.