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Welcome to Michigan's One State, One Children's Book Program

September and October are the months we concentrate on the Michigan Reads! program. We send out Michigan Reads! kits to all public library outlets (main libraries and branches), Head Start Programs, Great Start Readiness Programs, and all schools serving Kindergarten through second grade. We also provide kits to Great Start to Quality centers for child care provider training. These kits include a hardcover copy of the year's book, a programming and resource guide filled with ideas to use in conjunction with the book including activities meeting the Common Core State Standards for school age children; a poster, bookmarks, and stickers to use with the kids.

The Library of Michigan will launch 2014 Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book program on September 8th. We are looking forward to our tenth successful program year by reaching more children in more libraries and classrooms and by continuing an outreach program to certified child care providers. The program focuses on the importance of reading and sharing books with children, especially toddlers through early elementary, and the vital role libraries play in providing access to the quality books, programs and services that lay the foundation for reading and school success.

For the eighth year in a row in 2014, Target is continuing generous sponsorship of "Michigan Reads!", helping librarians, early childhood educators, parents, and caregivers with materials and ideas to help children develop literacy skills through play-based activities. The program also had additional support from the Library of Michigan Foundation, and Sleeping Bear Press. This project is also made possible in part 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.

The information and program ideas on this site have been developed by librarians from across Michigan to help further the goals of Michigan Reads!:

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• Michigan Reads! Sponsored by Target

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• Michigan Reads! Sponsor Sleeping Bear Press

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• Michigan Reads! Sponsor Institute of Museum and Library Services

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• Michigan Reads! Sponsor and Supporters
Majority support of the Michigan Reads! program provided by Target. The Bullseye Design and Target are registered trademarks of Target Brands, Inc. All rights reserved. 185407. This project is also made possible in part 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.

Additional support provided by Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Sleeping Bear Press and the Library of Michigan Foundation.

• Ways You Can Support Michigan Reads!

Frequently Asked Questions

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• Welcome to Michigan Reads Presentation Recorded webinar overview of the Michigan Reads! program (6 minutes)

History of Michigan Reads!

• History of the Michigan Reads! program

The Michigan Reads! program began in 2004. The Library of Michigan encourages family and early literacy programming as a way to encourage reading and put children on the road to academic success throughout the State of Michigan.

The program has a wide focus, including public libraries, all schools with a K-2 classroom, Head Start programs and Great Start Readiness programs. The Library of Michigan feels that with this focus, each community partner has a greater impact on children who are learning a consistent skill and hearing a consistent message on reading.

The program selects a single picture book each year and develops materials based on that book. The materials, including a programming guide, bookmarks, stickers, posters, etc., are distributed to the community partners listed above.

To date, the program has included

  • 2013 - Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski
  • 2012 - Moose on the Loose by Kathy-jo Wargin
  • 2011 - Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian
  • 2010 - The Runaway Garden by Jeffery Schatzer
  • 2009 - The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
  • 2008 - Raccoon Tune by Nancy Shaw
  • 2007 - Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski
  • 2006 - Bed Hogs by Kelly DiPucchio
  • 2004 - Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene
Materials from earlier programs can be found at the links on the left.

Need More Information?

• Not sure who to ask? E-mail program coordinator Karren Reish at or call at 517-241-0021.

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