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Michigan Reads!

The Library of Michigan is hard at work on the 2014 program. Look here for more information and materials in the next few months. In the meantime, libraries that want to be considered for an author or illustrator visit in September and October can go to - responses due by April 18th. Thank you for your interest!

The Library of Michigan 2013 Michigan Reads! book was Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski and illustrated by Lee Harper.

We welcomed children, parents, caregivers, librarians and teachers to participate in our 9th program year. In our 2013 book Woolbur, the pages are full of movement and activity as a lamb named Woolbur finds creative ways to go about his day. When Woolbur is asked to do things, he finds original ways to accomplish everyday tasks and shares his ideas with others. The story, the language, the joyfulness of Woolbur's actions, and the wonderful illustrations all come together to make Woolbur a go to book for both children and older readers as they learn how to go about their own day.

Michigan Reads! sponsored by Target          Woolbur book cover          Michigan Reads! logo

What's New!

We have completed Michigan Reads program for 2013 with great participation from everyone. We appreciate those who were able to share information and feedback on the surveys. While the official program is over and we are working on the 2014 program, the materials for all previous programs remain on the site for use any time of the year. Thank you for partnering with the Library of Michigan.

The Lions Club of Michigan partnered with the Library of Michigan for the 2013 program. Lions can be guest readers, help with activities and may also be able to do vision checks for children. For more information, see the Lions Club Partnership Information Sheet.

We have sent kits to public and tribal libraries, public and private schools with K-2 classrooms, Head Starts, and Great Start Readiness programs in August. The programming guide is available with activities for infants, toddlers, preschooler and school age children. The guide has teacher, librarian and parent and caregiver materials, and incorporates your suggestions from last year's survey.

For those new to the program, the programming guide is available online for teachers, caregivers, parents and librarians with many activities! 2013 Programming Guide for Woolbur

For a short overview of the program, view the Michigan Reads! Overview, a 6 minute recorded webinar. If you have questions about the program, our One Page on Michigan Reads! may help and you can find many more materials and information at the links below.

2013 Information at the Links Below!!

Check out the Press and Pictures button below for pictures, videos and articles about previous Michigan Reads events. Send us your pictures and links and we'll post them!

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Programming Guide

Author tour


Press and Pictures

Authors and Illustrators


The Michigan Reads! program is sponsored by Target, with additional support from the Library of Michigan Foundation and Sleeping Bear Press. For more information on our sponsors, see the About Michigan Reads! page.

For questions and or to share stories and photos, contact Karren Reish at or 517-241-0021.

Updated 03/20/2014

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