Book Announcement for 2019's Ready to Read Michigan

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Ready To Read Michigan - July/August 2018

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This Week's Wisdom...

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.” 

~ A. A. Milne, The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh


Drum Roll for 2019's RTRM Choice...

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Ready to Read Michigan (RTRM) is gearing up for its second year of providing books and materials to public libraries throughout Michigan for outreach to children ages 0-5. The program is designed for public librarians to model early literacy skill development directly to families and engage in outreach to early childhood centers, preschool classrooms and daycares throughout their community. 

The title for 2019's RTRM is Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson, an interactive "journey from sunset to sunrise."  Selected by the Library of Michigan's Youth Services Advisory Council for the read-aloud's ability to engage a young audience and its alignment with the 5 Practices of Every Child Ready to Read; Talk, Read, Write, Sing, Play. 

In preparation for programming in March (Reading Month!), public libraries will receive a kit in late January to early February of 2019, containing supplies for effective outreach, including extra ​books, posters, bookmarks, and a link to the 2019 programming guide. Virtual storytime training around the book will also be available this winter.  

This project is currently made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support provided by HarperCollins.    


New Books

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Bark Park! by Trudy Krisher.  Beach Lane/Simon, 2018.  ISBN: 9781481430753

Short phrases and short syllables make for a great read with a young child.  Not to mention the clear but enticing images of dogs, dogs, dogs (with their humans)!



All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold. Knopf, 2018.  ISBN: 9780525579649

As preschools and young kindergartners prepare to start school this is a pleasant read-aloud to display some of the diversity they may encounter as they learn together in the classroom.


Stop, Go, Yes, No! by Mike Twohy. Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins, 2018. ISBN: 9780062469335

This book addresses opposites familiar to toddlers, such as "asleep"/"awake," with cute drawings! 

Getting Ready for the New

Liz Breed

Now on, you will find an area called “Getting Ready for October 1” which contains information to help you prepare for the upcoming database changes.

One of the newest resources on this page is an excel file called Database CrossWalk.

  • Worksheet 1 is a summary list of expiring, new and continuing eResources
  • Worksheet 2 links expiring eResources with new eResources. A brief description of the new eResources is also available and includes, where available, the number of total titles and full-text titles.

Training Resources for each vendor are also linked on this page. All vendors offer short video overviews and tutorials which is a great way to get your feet wet. Several offer recorded webinars.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Have a great day!

Liz Breed, Michigan eLibrary Coordinator

MDE's Early Literacy Initiative


The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) defines early literacy as ages birth through age 8. Meanwhile, in public libraries and with the Every Child Ready to Read program, we view early literacy more as ages birth to age 5.  No matter how we vary in age ranges, the underlining ideas and instructional practices are important to be aware of.  Please take a look at MDE's "MAPLE" Plan and be sure to also take a look at "Michigan's Action Plan for Literacy Excellence, 2017-2020," so that in the public library world we are aware of the practices the early childhood centers, preschools and schools are implementing around early literacy. 

Be sure to also check out the General Education Leadership Network's (GELN) Early Literacy Resources, which include Instructional Practices for Prekindergarten. Practices for the young child coming soon...