2018 Ready to Read Michigan program details are here!

Ready to Read Michigan

The Library of Michigan’s Ready to Read Michigan program encourages reading aloud regularly to children during the early stages of life (birth up to age 5), as it ensures the development of early literacy skills and instills a love of reading.  The program is designed for public librarians to model early literacy skill development directly to families and engage in outreach to early childhood centers, classrooms and daycares throughout their community.


 This program is made possible 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.  Additonal support provided by Bloomsbury Publishing, Consumers Energy and the Library of Michigan Foundation.

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Ready to Read Michigan's 2018 Book Program

2018 RTRM

2018's Ready to Read Michigan book selection is 
I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison, 
illustrated by Frank Morrison

About the program: 

Ready to Read Michigan is a program that public librarians can use for storytimes & for outreach to further develop early literacy skills in the young child, preparing them for their school-aged years, and to model to parents and care givers the five practices of early literacy from Public Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR); Talk, Read, Play, Sing, Write.

 The Library of Michigan’s Ready to Read Michigan is hosted by public libraries during “March is Reading Month” to promote the importance of reading aloud to young children throughout the state.  The program includes a kit based on a picture book that brings public librarians together with parents, caregivers and teachers to highlight early literacy activities for children. The kit is updated annually with a new book and new programming materials. 

For details or questions, please contact Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator at the Library of Michigan, at 517-335-8129 or LancasterC5@michigan.gov


Each public library location in Michigan will receive the following in their program kit:

  • 1 book for storytime use both in and outside the library (please add to circulating collection when you retire the storytime program)
  • 3 books for outreach to local school libraries/classrooms/child care facilities that the public librarian can visit and do an outreach storytime in March.
  • 4 posters, 1 for your library and 3 for the outreach storytimes.
  • Bookmarks promoting the book with early literacy tips
  • An online Storytime Programming Guide that highlights themes from the book, activities to model the five practices of ECRR, read-a-likes and activity printables. 

Public libraries are invited to:

  • Sign-up now through December 8th, for the chance to receive a visit from the author and/or illustrator.  (opens November 2017)
    • Visits can be conducted at the public library if at least one school or daycare group is scheduled to attend, otherwise, the library is encouraged to partner with a local early child education center to host the author (or illustrator).
  • Sign-up for a webinar that highlights the Programming Guide, storytime activities, and outreach ideas: 

    Ready to Read Michigan:  “I Got the Rhythm!”
    Tuesday, January 16th, 2:00 PM EST
    Join Story Be Told's Jenifer Strauss to learn about a Ready to Read Storytime designed for outreach to your local early childhood providers & schools!  This year’s book selection is “I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  Copies of the title will be shipped to libraries mid-January-early February, so this is a sneak peek if you do not already have the book in-hand. 

  • School Outreach tips and possible webinar will be shared.
  • Opportunity to request additional books for use as outreach only.


Cathy Lancaster at lancasterc5@michigan.gov or 517-335-8129 if you have any questions about Ready to Read Michigan or other youth programs.

Updated 11/16/17