Michigan Reads! Archive

  • 2017 BGBG Programming Guide


    Bubble Gum book     

    For the 2017 Michigan Reads! program the Library of Michigan selected Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith.  

    What happens when Toad gets stuck in the Bubble Gum melting in the road?  Join Toad & friends in this sticky, rhyming adventure and see what happens when they work together to get out of the mess!

    Nearly 6,000 copies of Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum were shipped to public libraries, public schools, Great Start, and Head Start programs throughout Michigan. See the 2017 Programming Guide below for additional teacher resources, children’s activities.  To check out additional copies of Lisa Wheeler's books you can go to the MeL Catalog at http://mel.org/ or visit your local library. 


    The former Michigan Reads program was supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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  • Learn more about Do Unto Otters, the 2015 Michigan Reads!

    Do Unto Otters jacket coverThe Library of Michigan selected Do Unto Otters written and illustrated by Laurie Keller for the 2015 program. In the book book, Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are otters. OTTERS! But he doesn't know anything about otters. Will they be friends? Will they even get along?  Follow Mr. Rabbit as he learns how to be a good friend and neighbor by simply following the Golden Rule.


  • Learn more about Acoustic Rooster, the 2014 Michigan Reads!

    Acoustic Rooster jacket coverThe 2014 Michigan Reads! book was Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Tim Bowers. We welcomed children, parents, caregivers, librarians and teachers to participate in our 10th program year. In the 2014 book, Acoustic Rooster learns about music, teamwork and sportsmanship. After realizing he can't win the barnyard talent contest as a solo act with such fierce competition, a rooster with a love for jazz looks for help from other animals. A quartet with an unbelievable sound is created, with their ability to work together cleverly captured in this book with rhyming text, reference to key American musicians and vivid illustrations.

  • Learn more about Woolbur, the 2013 Michigan Reads!

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

  • Learn more about Moose on the Loose, the 2012 Michigan Reads!

    Moose jacket coverThe 2012 Michigan Reads! book was Moose on the Loose by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello. Moose on the Loose is full of movement and activity as a little boy meets up with a moose. Using cause-and-effect prose, the reader travels with the moose through the catchy, rhyming text, anticipating the moose's next moves as the boy tries to keep up with this outdoor animal on the run. The story, the language, the rhythm of the questions, and the wonderful illustrations all work together to make Moose on the Loose a read-aloud that both children and older readers will want to experience again and again.

  • Learn more about The Runaway Garden, the 2010 Michigan Reads!

    The Runaway Garden jacket coverWhat would happen if every parent, grandparent or caregiver read the same book to Michigan preschoolers at the same time? We're on a mission to find out! Michigan Reads! was launched in 2004 by the Library of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Center for the Book to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers; to encourage family bonding through reading; and to increase awareness and usage of Michigan's libraries.
    Michigan Reads! is a program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation with generous support from Target.

  • Learn more about the The Pout-Pout Fish, the 2009 Michigan Reads!

    Pout Pout jacket coverThe Pout-Pout Fish introduces a fish with a pouty mouth and a gloomy attitude. His ocean-dwelling friends try to cheer him, but he resists their efforts, claiming "I'm a pout-pout fish/With a pout-pout face/So I spread the dreary-wearies/All over the place." Eventually, one special friend helps the Pout-Pout Fish turn his "dreary wearies" into "cheery-cheeries." A Time Magazine's Top 10 Children's Books of 2008, the book's "...winning artwork...ooze personality" (Kirkus Reviews).

  • Learn more about Raccoon Tune, the 2008 Michigan Reads!

    Raccoon Tune jacket cover Raccoon Tune provides an exciting glimpse into the nightlife of a playful group of raccoons. The reader (who would normally be asleep!) gets to witness a raccoon family's nightly ritual of prowling for dinner through the trash. Told through a toe-tapping, knee-slapping rhyme, the reader follows the raccoon family through the ups and downs of survival. Told in lively verse and action-filled pictures, Raccoon Tune is sure to make young readers laugh out loud.

  • Learn more about Bed Hogs, the 2006 Michigan Reads!

    Bed Hogs jacket coverBed Hogs is the engaging story of Little Runt, who grows weary of sharing a straw bed with his parents and siblings and kicks them out one by one. Only when he has the bed all to himself does Little Runt realize it's scary and lonesome without his family around him.

  • Learn more about Barnyard Song, the 2004 Michigan Reads!

    Barnyard Song jacket coverWhen a bad case of flu strikes the farm, the familiar chorus of the barnyard is interrupted. Suddenly, there's "No buzz. No mew. No cock-a-doodle-doo." The farmer saves the day when he cooks up kettles of savory soup and feeds it to each of the animals. Robert Bender's artwork blends bright and shaded colors with thick, dark outlines to create the colorful barnyard chorus of animals. Children will love identifying each animal and practicing all the sounds the animals make.

    Cover illustration copyright 1997 by Robert Bender from BARNYARD SONG by Rhonda Growler Greene. Used with permission of Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

    The 2004 program was the first year of the Michigan Reads program and it did not include a programming guide at that point. There are activities based on the book listed below. You can also find the book at most public libraries and get suggestions for more activities to do with the book from your local public library staff.

  • Resource List for Parents and Caregivers