Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan


The Library of Michigan just completed 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 included a free copy of the Every Child Ready to Read training materials for Michigan public libraries and two-years of training and continuing education program. Contact Cathy Lancaster at LancasterC5@michigan.gov for further details.  If you would like the manual or additional bookmarks and posters, you can order these from the American Library Association Every Child Ready to Read resources site.


The highlight of the program was two years of training opportunities, which began in 2016, on a range of early literacy and ECRR topics. Our trainer was Sue Nespeca of Kid Lit Plus Consulting. The training program hosted 3 in-person workshops in March, 2016, and 4 in March of 2017.  For webinar archives and more, scroll down to "Continuing Education."


The program includes monthly continuing education as well. This includes a series of topical newsletters for library staff throughout 2016 and 2017 and ten one-hour webinars on specific Every Child Ready to Read and early literacy topics.


The webinars were recorded and posted on our WEBINAR ARCHIVES page and are available in closed caption. 


Subscribe to the Ready to Read Michigan Newsletter.

 WKAR Videos

Thanks to WKAR (wkar.org) for filming our 2017 Michigan Reads! author Lisa Wheeler and LM's Youth Services Coordinator Cathy Lancaster, along with students from a Lansing-area elementary school. The segments feature the Public Library Association's five practices of early literacy: Talk, Read, Write, Play, Sing.  Below are the links to the videos, hosted on WKAR's Family page.

Five Easy Reading Practices for Kids!
Reading with your child motivates children to want to learn how to read.

Reading 'Talk Time' for Kids!
‘Talk Time’ with your child develops strong oral language and reading skills.

Singing Builds Reading Skills! 
Singing along with your child at reading time helps develop their vocabulary development.

Play Time Makes Reading Fun! 
Incorporating play into reading time engages children while developing their storytelling.

Shared Reading Fun with Kids!
Shared reading is the single most important activity to help a child learn to read.

 Michigan Department of Education

In 2015, Governor Snyder created the Third-Grade Reading workgroup (workgroup) to analyze Michigan’s reading proficiency at the third-grade level (reading proficiency), and to suggest policy to improve this necessary element of future academic and career success. In response the MDE has created an Early Literacy Initiative Overview.



If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Lancaster at LancasterC5@michigan.gov or 517-335-8129.

This project is supported in part by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Updated 12/11/2017