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Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

The dance of the violin by Kathy Stinson

As a young student of the violin, Joshua Bell learns about an international competition to be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He chooses a piece of music, which his teacher suggests may be too difficult, but Joshua is determined: it's a piece of music he loves. 

Little Michigan by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Learn all about Michigan's state bird, flower, tree, and animal in this fun and informative board book.

 

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

ABC Michigan by Anne Margaret Lewis

While traveling through Michigan, this book introduces young readers to the shapes and sounds of the letters of the alphabet in a fun jaunt through the mitten state.

 

Find great sports-themed titles here about everything from football to hockey to horseback riding. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

The Berenstain Bears enjoy playing soccer on a sunny afternoon, but when Mama gets too involved, the cubs take it upon themselves to remind her what the sport is really all about.

 

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Dino-baseball by Lisa Wheeler

Meat-eating dinosaurs face plant-eating dinosaurs in a baseball game.

I can be a gymnast by Kristen L. Depken

Barbie joins a gymnastics team and takes part in a competition.

 

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that every Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Get a hit, Mo! by David A Adler

"Mo Jackson is excited for his baseball game, but Coach Marie tells him he is batting last and playing right field, again. Will Mo ever get a hit?"--.

Basketball break by C. C. Joven

Lucas loves basketball, but he repeatedly takes shots that are either too far away or from a bad spot, and the whole team is mad at him--will a benching remind him that sometimes he has to pass the ball?.

 

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Beastly basketball by Lauren Johnson

Joe joins his school's basketball team, but finds that the players are disorganized and lacking in discipline--so he sets out to use the skills he has learned in kung fu to bring the other players together as a functioning team.

Supersleuth Cam Jansen solves three mysteries during her class's Sports and Good Nutrition Day.

 

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

While Ellie loves the Journey of the Mind club, she struggles to keep from failing miserably on her soccer team, but when both groups have tournaments the same day, she musters her team spirit and tries to succeed at both.

The mean girl meltdown by Lindsay Eyre

Fourth-grader Sylvie Scruggs is old enough to join her town's new junior ice-hockey team, but fifth-grader Jamie Redmond does not like younger kids on the team.  When someone starts pulling pranks on Sylvie, she is convinced that Jamie is responsible, and she enlists the help of her friends to prove it and get even.

 

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Hot hand by Mike Lupica

In the wake of his parents' separation, ten-year-old Billy seems to have continual conflicts with his father, who is also his basketball coach, but his quiet, younger brother Ben, a piano prodigy, is having even more trouble adjusting, and only Billy seems to notice.

When her school is shut down due to an asbestos problem, all-star pitcher Gabby Garcia is sent to an upscale private school that already has a star pitcher, and to make matters worse, she has trouble making friends and finding her place.

 

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Game time, Mallory! by Laurie B. Friedman

Mallory is excited to participate in a new girls' basketball league, although she has never played and her best friends are not interested, but as the worst player on her team, she realizes she has a lot to learn.

Lacrosse firestorm by Matt Christopher

Eleven-year-old Garry, embarrassed when his unathletic brother joins his lacrosse team, faces a bigger problem when the team bully turns on both of them.

Baseball genius by Tim Green

An everyday kid with a talent for predicting baseball pitches is caught stealing baseballs from his favorite New York Yankees player, who agrees not to press charges if the boy will help him recover from a difficult batting slump.

Left out by Tim Green

Struggling to overcome his hearing impairment and the way people look at him, Landon joins the football team in order to prove himself with little initial success, until Brett Bell and his family befriend him.

Roberto & me by Dan Gutman

Stosh travels back to 1969 to try to prevent the untimely death of Roberto Clemente, a legendary baseball player and humanitarian, but upon his return to the present, he meets his own great-grandson who takes him into the future, and what he finds there is more shocking than anything he has encountered in his travels to the past.

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