Category Archives: Michigan author/illustrator

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder

“Snow begins with a speck”. For the youngest readers, read the bold words on each page. Older readers will enjoy the explanations and captions. Close-ups of real snow crystals that make up snowflakes fascinate, and diagrams of snow crystals illustrate … Continue reading

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The Quiet Place

In the 1950s, many Mexicans crossed the border to live and work in the United States. Sarah Stewart‘s epistolary picture book, The Quiet Place, chronicles Isabel’s adjustment to the midwest by creating a quiet place out of large boxes where she … Continue reading

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A Kiss Means I Love You

Beautifully clear photos illustrate feelings all kids experience. Written in simple, evocative rhyme by Kathryn Madeline Allen, A Kiss Means I Love You shows nonverbal communication via real children living in Chicago. Eric Futran‘s photography captures every nuance of expression making … Continue reading

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And Then It’s Spring

It may be summer weather in Michigan, but it’s not hard to remember the brown of pre-spring. And Then It’s Spring perfectly captures the angst of a long winter’s longing for green. The hope of a seed dropped into brown earth, and … Continue reading

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The Twelve Days of Christmas in Michigan

Katie visits her Michigander cousin, Will, who gives her uniquely Michigan gifts for the twelve days of Christmas.  In Katie’s letters home, the reader learns all sorts of fun facts about Michigan.  A great collage at the end filled with … Continue reading

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Between Shades of Gray

When fifteen-year-old Lina’s family is exiled from Lithuania by the Soviets, they are forced to travel to remote regions, including Siberia, to work and endure under extreme hunger, cold and inadequate shelter.  Maintaining hope is difficult when Lina doesn’t understand … Continue reading

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These Hands

Grandpa’s hands can tie shoes, play the piano and throw a curve ball, but they were not allowed to touch the bread dough at the Wonder Bread factory in the 1950s and early ’60s.  As Grandpa lyrically relates to Joseph … Continue reading

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I Had a Favorite Dress

As a mother of three girls, I may be way off base here, but I think this book, written by Michigander Boni Ashburn and illustrated by Julia Denos, appeals to all types of kids–girls and boys–because even though it’s about dresses … Continue reading

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Ellie McDoodle: Best Friends Fur-Ever

Animals.  Siblings.  Cartoons.  What more could a kid ask for?  In Ruth McNally Barshaw’s third sketch diary featuring Ellie McDoodle, Ellie has to overcome her fear of presentations, find her neighbour’s bird (that escaped during Ellie’s pet-sitting adventure) and deal … Continue reading

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The Money Tree

When Miss McGillicuddy’s strange new tree starts producing paper currency, first the neighbours, then the town officials and finally perfect strangers come to harvest from the tree.  Miss McGillicuddy cannot understand how they can come in the middle of the … Continue reading

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