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2020 Ready to Read Michigan Selection: A Parade of Elephants

March 6, 2020

LANSING – “A Parade of Elephants” by award-winning author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, is the Library of Michigan’s (LM) 2020 Ready to Read Michigan selection, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

“The story follows five joyful elephants as they march about their day, counting and exploring opposites,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “This book makes for a great selection to help children develop a love of reading.”

video of Dr. Rice reading “A Parade of Elephants” is available for schools and libraries to share with children across Michigan.

All 644 public libraries statewide have received copies of the book to read aloud at story times and for use in outreach programs in their communities. An online programming guide offers early literacy tips; read-a-likes; printable support materials; and more.

Be sure to check with your local public library for programming and story times featuring this year’s Ready to Read Michigan book.

Ready to Read Michigan supports public librarians that model early literacy skills for youngsters up to age five and that teach parents and caregivers the five early literacy practices of the Public Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read program: singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing. These practices help young children learn to read.

Details about Ready to Read Michigan and early literacy are available at

This program is made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the State of Michigan through the LM. Additional support is provided by HarperCollins Publishers, Consumers Energy and the Library of Michigan Foundation.