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Michigan Notable Books 2013

Michigan: MichiganThe Michigan Notable Books program annually selects 20 of the most notable volumes published that year that best reflect the state's diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experiences. Most of the winning titles can be found in the Library's collection. From fiction to nonfiction, the following list offers a variety of choices:

American Poet by Vande Zande, Jeff


The amphibians and reptiles of Michigan: a Quaternary and Recent faunal adventure by J. Alan Holman


Bear has a story to tell by written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead


The boy governor: Stevens T. Mason and the birth of Michigan politics by Don Faber

Books by Bloggers

Earn your Geek Out badge with one of these books from some of the Internet's most popular bloggers:

Let's pretend this never happened: (a mostly true memoir) by Jenny Lawson

Sleep is for the weak: the best of the mommybloggers including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and more!: a blogHer book by edited by Rita Arens ; forward by Stacy Morrison

Sparkly green earrings: catching the light at every turn by Melanie Shankle

Heaven is here: an incredible story of hope, triumph, and everyday joy by Stephanie Nielson ; with Amy Ferguson Hackworth

Carry on, warrior: thoughts on life unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton

Not Your Grandma's Geeks...

Gone are the visions of pencil protectors and computer nerds. These days, the term "Geek" is used to describe those who are passionate about a particular hobby or interest. Perhaps one of these titles will inspire you to Geek Out!

Geek girls unite: how fangirls, bookworms, indie chicks, and other misfits are taking over the world by Leslie Simon; illustrations by Nan Lawson

Record collecting for girls: unleashing your inner music nerd, one album at a time by Courtney E. Smith

Recent Michigan Nonfiction

From history to sports to music to biography, try some of these recent titles about the great state of Michigan!

The boy governor: Stevens T. Mason and the birth of Michigan politics by Don Faber


Driving Detroit: the quest for respect in Motown by George Galster


Hockeytown doc: a half-century of Red Wings stories from Howe to Yzerman by John "Jack" Finley ; [foreword by Gordie Howe]


The glory years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920-1950 by William M. Anderson ; with a foreword by Dan Dickerson


Detroit's historic places of worship by compiled and edited by Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger, Dorothy Kostuch ; photographs by Dirk Bakker ; with a foreword by John Gallagher

Lions and Tigers and Red Wings, Oh My!

Michigan is lucky to be home to many successful sports teams - both professional and collegiate. The Detroit Tigers, Red WIngs, Lions, and Pistons are all among the longest running franchises in their sports and have won several championships between them. In fact, in 1935, Detroit was nicknamed the City of Champions when the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won the first championships in their respective sport that year. In addition, boxer and local hero Joe Louis was named the "Most Outstanding Athlete of 1935." The University of Michigan, and Michigan State University both have a long tradition of winning teams in several sports as well.

Michigan Born!

michigan: michiganMichigan is the birth place of many illustrious figures in all walks of life. The state can claim innumerable artists, actors, authors, sportsmen, scientists, musicians, innovators as native sons and daughters. Here are just a few!

Imported From Detroit

Read about some of Detroit's greatest hits!

Brewed in Detroit: breweries and beers since 1830 by Peter H. Blum

The Vernor's story: from gnomes to now by Lawrence L. Rouch

TV land—Detroit by Gordon Castelnero

The birth of the Detroit sound: 1940-1964 by Marilyn Bond and S.R. Boland

100 years of Ford: a centennial celebration of the Ford Motor Company by David L. Lewis and the auto editors of Consumer Guide

The story of Motown by Peter Benjaminson

Sanders confectionery by Greg Tasker

Michigan at War

All Around Michigan

Take a tour of our great state and learn about some of its many interesting communities.

Ann Arbor observed: selections from Then & now by Grace Shackman

Lost Ann Arbor by Susan Cee Wineberg

Cadillac: vintage postcard memoirs by Debra Bricault

The Caro area by Marcia M. Dievendorf, Patricia E. Frazer, and Mark O. Keller for the Caro Area District Library

Vintage views of the Charlevoix-Petoskey region by M. Christine Byron & Thomas R. Wilson

Dearborn, Michigan by Craig Hutchison and Kimberly Rising ; Dearborn Historical Museum, City of Dearborn

Curtains Up Biographies for Kids

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the dog who loved her by Amy Novesky ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

The extraordinary music of Mr.

Animal Friendships for Kids

A mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by John Butler

Owen & Mzee: the language of friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kuhumbu ; with photographs by Peter Greste

Owen and Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste

Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends by text and photography by Carol Buckley

Friends by written by Catherine Thimmesh

The monkey and the dove: and four other true stories of animal friendships by Jennifer S. Holland

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Geeked about books and reading? For the most interested, a nonfiction selection of stories about authors or the inspiration for their work.

The Brontë sisters: the brief lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
by Catherine Reef


The trouble begins at 8: a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West by Sid Fleischman


Marooned: the strange but true adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the real Robinson Crusoe by Robert Kraske ; illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker





C.S. Lewis: the man behind Narnia by Beatrice Gormley






Knucklehead: tall tales and mostly true stories of growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka







Sports Biographies for Kids

Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

Mighty Jackie: the strike out queen by Marissa Moss ; illustrated by C.F. Payne

Lipman Pike: America's first home run king by Richard Michelson ; and illustrated by Zachary Pullen


Black Jack: the ballad of Jack Johnson by Charles R. Smith Jr. ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans


You never heard of Willie Mays?! by written by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Terry Widener


Brothers at bat: the true story of an amazing all-brother baseball team by written by Audrey Vernick ; illustrated by Steven Salerno

Fun and Games for the Whole Family

Science Mysteries for Kids

Everyone Loves a Hero: True Stories of Real Heroes

Teen Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHey Teens! It's Connect Your Summer 2013 and here are some awesome suggestions to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge. Enjoy!

Grow your own pizza!: gardening plans and recipes for kids by Constance Hardesty ; illustrations by Jeff McClung

Plants vs. zombies [electronic resource (video game)]

The green teen: the eco-friendly teen's guide to saving the planet by Jenn Savedge

Generation green: the ultimate teen guide to living an eco-friendly life by written by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen

47 things you can do for the environment by Lexi Petronis with environmental consultant Jill Buck

Kids Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHi Kids! Are you looking for some fun summer reads to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge during Connect Your Summer 2013? Here is a list of some great books for you to enjoy:

Potatoes on rooftops: farming in the city by Hadley Dyer

Vegetables!: life on a produce farm by Ruth Owen

Life on a cattle farm by Judy Wolfman ; photographs by David Lorenz Winston

Food and farming by Jen Green

Our farm: four seasons with five kids on one family's farm by written and photographed by Michael J. Rosen

Curtains Up Children's Non-Fiction Books

Kids make music!: clapping & tapping from Bach to rock by Avery Hart and Paul Mantell ; illustrated by Loretta Trezzo Braren

M is for melody: a music alphabet by written by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by Katherine Larson

Linnea in Monet's garden by text, Christina Bjork ; drawings, Lena Anderson

The twelve dancing princesses by a fairy tale by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell ; illustrated by Dorothée Duntze

Cool painting: the art of creativity for kids by Anders Hanson

Painting by Jane Bower

Curtains Up Adult Non-Fiction Books

Digital close-up photography Q & A: great tips and hints from a top pro by Paul Harcourt Davies

Digital capture after dark by Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler, Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Digital photography for dummies by Julie Adair King

Painting below zero: notes on a life in art by James Rosenquist with David Dalton

Great paintings: [the world's masterpieces explored and explained] by [contributors, Karen Hosack Janes, Ian Chilvers, Ian Zaczek]

Watercolor secrets: over 200 tips and techniques for painting the easy way by Robin Berry