Reading List Grades K - 8

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010 Youth Reading List


Grades K - 5

Appleford, Annie
M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet Book

Barker, Charles Ferguson
Under Michigan: The Story of Michigan's Rocks and Fossils

de Angeli, Marguerite
Copper-Toed Boots

van Frankenhuyzen, Robbyn Smith
Kelly of Hazel Ridge

Polacco, Patricia
Mrs. Mack

Rand, Jonathan
Michigan Chillers: Great Lakes Ghost Ship
(and other Michigan Chillers)

Wargin, Kathy-Jo
The Legend of Sleeping Bear

Wargin, Kathy-Jo
Look & See Michigan with Me

Whelan, Gloria
Mackinac Bridge: The Story of the Five-Mile Poem

Whelan, Gloria
Next Spring An Oriole

Grades 6 - 8

Bellairs, John
The House with a Clock in its Walls

Blos, Joan
Brothers of the Heart

Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

Frost, Helen
Crossing Stones

Giff, Patricia Reilly
Willow Run

Jones, Patrick

Schatzer, Jeffery L.
Fires in the Wilderness

Slote, Alfred
Finding Buck McHenry

Swanson, Julie A.
Going for the Record

Trottier, Maxine
Sister to the Wolf

Announcing the Official Book Selection of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010.

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Jerry Dennis' book, 'The Living Great Lakes: Searching For The Heart Of The Inland Seas' is the title selected as the focus of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010. This year's theme is Michigan.

An eleven-member selection team, composed of community members, educators, students and librarians from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area chose the book Wednesday night after two hours of deliberation. The other title under consideration was 'Arc of Justice: Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in The Jazz Age' by Kevin Boyle.

The winner of the “Best Book of 2003” by the Outdoor Writers Association of America,'The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas' chronicles author Jerry Dennis’ travels as a crew member on the tall-masted schooner Malabar on a four-week trip through the waters of Lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. The author, a resident of Traverse City, Michigan, reminisces on a lifetime spent near the lakes and interweaves his personal journey with stories from the biologists, fishermen and sailors that he met during his travels.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010 is scheduled to occur January through February 2010, with multiple opportunities for the community to become involved. For more information, visit the website.

Help Us Choose the Book for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010


It's almost time for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads to begin once again. This year, our selection committee has chosen two finalists for our theme: Michigan. The finalists are Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, by Kevin Boyle; and The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis. We have plenty of copies in stock and we appreciate your comments and opinions on which one should be our official selection for the Reads. Check these books out and then let us know which one you think should be chosen by leaving a comment on the AA/Ypsi Reads Website. The final selection will be announced in mid-October.

Rockin' and Readin' with LaRon Williams

What a learning fest, when Storyteller LaRon Williams talked about Juneteenth and racial history at our Traverwood branch last night! I knew his reputation--but had not actually watched him spin history and tales. Lucky me, and lucky all of us, because not only did Williams give a great show, he also shared a reading list on racial hierarchy and transcending prejudice. Prominent is Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, the 2004 Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Reads book. Other titles include “Every Day Anti-Racism,” by Mica Pollock and The Color of Wealth.

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