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 (IMLS), administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.  Additional support provided by Bloomsbury Publishing, Consumers Energy Foundation 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


2018 I Got the Rhythm Programming and Resource Guide

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. ​

Not a public library?Schools, Great Starts, Head Starts, and early childhood organizations or daycares are invited to complete this form to request a 1-book kit, first come, first serve, while supplies last. 

Ready to Read Michigan:  “I Got the Rhythm!” - Webinar Archive Recording (coming soon)
Story Be Told's Jenifer Strauss shared 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.  

Early Literacy Resources for Parents & Caregivers 

Tour Schedule

Connie Shofield-Morrison  Frank Morrison

I Got the Rhythm author Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrator Frank Morrison will be traveling throughout Michigan in March 2018.  This schedule is subject to change.  If you wish to attend or bring a group to any performance, please contact the library directly for details.

Sunday, March 18 at 1:50 PM - Early Childhood Literacy Coalition's Family Day at the Hannah Center, 819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing. 
Monday, March 19 at 9:30 AM - Kalamazoo Public Library hosts at Northeastern Elementary School, 2433 Gertrude St., Kalamazoo.
Monday, March 19 at 1:00 PMMarshall District Library 124 W. Green St., Marshall.
Tuesday, March 20 at 10:00 AM - Willam P. Faust Public Library, 6123 Central City Parkway, Westland.
Tuesday, March 20 at 1:00 PM - DPL's Edison Branch Library, 18400 Joy Rd., Detroit.
Wednesday, March 21 at 10:00 AM - Highland Township Public Library, 444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland.
Wednesday, March 21 at 12:00 PM - Holly Township Library hosts at Patterson Elementary, 3231 Grange Hall Rd., Holly.
Wednesday, March 21 at 5:00 PM - Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint.
Thursday, March 22 at 10:00 AM - Public Libraries of Saginaw host at Henry Doerr ECC, 3270 Perkins St., Saginaw.
Thursday, March 22 at 1:30 PM - Chippewa River District Library, 301 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant. 


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



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

Updated 03/29/2018