Ready to Read Michigan

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 project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services with additional support provided by Consumers Energy Foundation, the Library of Michigan Foundation, and Harper Collins Publishers.
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Ready to Read Michigan's 2019 Book Program

Touch the Brightest Star

2019's Ready to Read Michigan book selection is 
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson
HarperCollins, 2015

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 (ages 0-5), 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



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)
  • 4 books for outreach to local school libraries/classrooms/child care facilities that the public librarian can visit and do an outreach storytime in March.
  • 5 posters, 1 for your library and 4 for the outreach storytimes.
  • Bookmarks promoting the book with early literacy tips
  • An online Storytime Programming Guide link that highlights themes from the book, activities to model the five practices of ECRR, read-a-likes and activity printables. ​

Not a public library?
Schools, Great Starts, Head Starts, and early childhood organizations or daycares are invited to contact their local public library to schedule an outreach visit or in-house library visit!

Early Literacy Resources for Parents & Caregivers 


Subscribe to the Ready to Read Michigan Newsletter for periodic updates.

January 2018 - Introducing Ready to Read Michigan! 
February 2018 - RTRM Kits & Programming Guide
March 2018 - RTRM Survey Reminder; Play in Libraries
June 2018 - A Look at Ready to Read Michigan 2018 
July/August 2018 - Book Announcement for 2019's Ready to Read Michigan
Fall 2018 - Touch the Brightest Star is Almost Here...

RTRM Archive of Past Years

2018: I Got the Rhythm by Connie Scohfield-Morrison



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

Updated 11/19/2018