Michigan Reads! is an early childhood literacy program that inspires learning and school success. Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum is the 2017 Michigan Reads! selection. Since January, 2017, more than 6,000 books and kits have been sent to the same number of schools and educational programs around the state. This year, Michigan Reads! author, Lisa Wheeler personally visited 23 schools and libraries during March (Reading Month). Michigan Reads! is designed to encourage parent/child reading in home and in educational programs.
Michigan Reads! is 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. The Foundation is grateful to Consumers Energy Foundation for its generous grant in support. Additional support is provided by Hachette Book Group, and the Library of Michigan Foundation, recognizing the link between libraries, children and families in providing quality books, programs, and services.
For 2018 and beyond, Michigan Reads! will become the Library of Michigan’s youth literacy program under an new name, Ready To Read, Michigan. This program will take what was learned and working well with Michigan Reads! and focus on the community library and librarians as the central point in each community to promulgate Ready To Read, Michigan. Please click here to read the Library of Michigan’s recent announcement about this revised program, supported by the Library of Michigan Foundation.