We all the know the importance of reading to and with your children. It’s one of the best ways to help set them up for success in school. These chilly winter nights are a great time to snuggle up with your kids and read a good book. Below are some children’s books by Michigan authors to “check out” this winter.
M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet Book, Annie Appleford
This beautifully illustrated book teaches children about the most important people, places and items in Michigan’s history. The book takes you on a journey around the state from Isle Royle in the Upper Peninsula to Kellogg’s Cereal in southwest Michigan.
Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, Anne Rockwell
An inspiring story of courage and passion, this book is about how American icon Sojourner Truth went from being a slave to being one of the most powerful voices in the abolitionist movement.
The Legend of Sleeping Bear, Kathy-Jo Wargin
This book tells the Native American legend that gave Sleeping Bear Dunes its picturesque name. Gorgeous illustrations by nature artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen bring Michigan’s beautiful lakeshore landscape to life. The Legend of Sleeping Bear was awarded the the title of Official Children’s Book of Michigan. The author and illustrator also have two other Michigan-based books, The Legend of Mackinac Island and The Legend of the Petoskey Stone.
Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears: An African Tale, Verna Aardema
This Caldecott winner retells an African folktale about a mishap in the jungle. Both funny and dramatic, the narrative is a lesson on the dangers of lying. Colorful illustrations capture the reader’s imagination as they follow jungle animals through this story of chaos.
Jumanji, Chris Van Allsburg
Another Caldecott Award Winner, this story follows Peter and Judy as they discover that a strange-looking board game is more than just a game, and it’s actually very dangerous. This children’s fantasy story was made into a film with Robin Williams in 1995. Van Allsburg also wrote The Polar Express.
Bud, not Buddy, Christopher Paul Curtis
This humorous book for older readers begins in Flint, Michigan. It explores the Great Depression and jazz music as 10-year-old Buddy hits the road in search of a father he’s never met.
One Cool Friend, David Small
Find out what happens when quiet, well-behaved Elliot visits an aquarium then sneaks a penguin home in his backpack!
My Rotten, Redheaded Older Brother, Patricia Polacco
Tricia is always being upstaged by her older brother. She makes a wish on a shooting star to be able to do anything better than him. When a traveling carnival comes to town, she learns you should be careful what you wish for!