The Michigan Reads! program was retired in 2017, with a new Ready to Read Michigan program to launch by March 2018. Stay tuned here for details on the new 2018 program, designed specifically to assist public libraries with early literacy outreach.
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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!
About Michigan Reads
Michigan Reads is a program modeled after “One Book, One Community” and is intended to support the development of early literacy skills as a foundation to future reading and success in school and beyond. Support for Michigan Reads! program is by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan, part of the Michigan Department of Education. Additional support provided by Hachette Book Group, Consumers Energy and the Library of Michigan Foundation, recognizing the link between libraries and children and families in providing quality books, programs, and services. By including specific play-based activities, the Michigan Reads! program focuses on the role of adults in sharing reading experiences with children from birth through school age to support young children’s developing literacy skills.
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 Michigan Reads! books & kits will begin mailing out on Monday, January 16th.
2017 Programming Guide
The Michigan Reads! Programming and Resource Guide 2017 for Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum is now online, thanks to the support of the Library of Michigan Foundation. The guide contains information on early literacy, activities directly related to the 2017 book, templates, coloring, and more! Written by Meagan K. Shedd, PhD, with contributions by Catherine Lancaster and additional activities by Kris Remenar and Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum author Lisa Wheeler.
Inside the Programming & Resource Guide for Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum you will find:
MI Reads! Introduction
Resources…More Great Books to Share with Children
Digital Resources: Websites and Cell Phone and Tablet Applications
Notes for Educators When Thinking about Standards
Activities for Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum
Templates and Activity Sheets
The 2017 Michigan Reads! was a program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation. This project is also made possible in part by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan. Additional support provided by Hachette Book Group, Consumers Energy and the Library of Michigan Foundation, recognizing the link between libraries and children and families in providing quality books, programs, and services.
For questions and or to share stories and photos, contact Cathy Lancaster, 517-335-8129 or firstname.lastname@example.org