We love our family, friends, pets, and of course, books. The following titles are perfect for Valentine's Day, or anytime at all. Share them with someone you love!

Always by Emma Dodd

In rhyming text, a baby elephant is assured of being loved unconditionally.

Elmo and his Sesame Street friends learn about all the ways that Elmo's mother loves him.

 

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

Force of nature by Ginger Zee

One fateful day, Helicity and her horse head out on a long ride to take a break from life at home. Even with her experience studying the atmosphere, Helicity is unprepared for a powerful tornado that wipes out her town. The choices Helicity makes before, during, and after that storm will have a lasting effect on her family and her future.

When six friends decide to liven things up by forming "The Adventure Club," they get into far more trouble than they can handle!

 

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

Be light like a bird by Monika Schröder

After the death of her father, twelve-year-old Wren finds her life thrown into upheaval. And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave the only home she's ever known, the family grows even more fractured. As she and her mother struggle to build a new life, Wren must confront issues with the environment, peer pressure, bullying, and most of all, the difficulty of forgiving those who don't deserve it.

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

 

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

Cherry bomb squad by David Anthony

In this adventure, a family visit to Cherry Olde Orchard becomes a waking, walking nightmare. The trees pick up root and start laying down the lumber. If that's not enough, their cherry bombs will flatten anything in their path.

The contract by Derek Jeter

In Kalamazoo, Michigan, eight-year-old Derek Jeter, who dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, learns what it takes to be a champion on and off the field.

 

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

Catastrophe in Caseville by Johnathan Rand

When Shelby McConnell and her family travel to Caseville, Michigan, for the annual cheeseburger festival, she knows she's going to have to have a great time. After all, thousands of people travel to Caseville for this special annual event every year.  But this year, the first day of the festival is marred by the appearance of a mysterious, giant cheeseburger that sets out to destroy the festival and the entire town!

An eleven-year-old New York farm girl travels with her parents to the Michigan Territory in 1836 by way of the Erie Canal, encountering unknown dangers and incredible hardships.

 

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

Everyone knows that Beatrice of the north woods is clever. But did you know that she's also mighty brave? In this disarming companion to the award-winning Clever Beatrice, our heroine proves that she's a pint-sized force to be reckoned with when she discovers that someone has been sneaking into the barn at night to ride her beloved pony.

The legend of Michigan by Trinka Hakes Noble

An old warrior and a young boy travel through the frigid cold of the north to teach the fierce North Wind how to live peacefully with his brothers, allowing the formerly uninhabitable land of Michigan to be settled.

 

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

Alien ice cream by David Anthony

In this first adventure, the heroes try to keep their cool on the hottest day of the year. Soon, however, they discover that not all ice cream is created equal. Some is created by mysterious aliens who have plans to take over the world.

An A from Miss Keller by Patricia Polacco

Trisha wants to write something that will please her demanding writing teacher, who is rumored to have never given a student an A.

 

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.

Clever Beatrice by Margaret Willey

Can a very little girl beat a very large giant in feats of strength? That's what clever Beatrice bets on when she marches through the north woods to the home of the giant, hoping to win some of his gold to help her mother buy porridge.

The ultimate alphabet book for every young Detroit Tigers fan!

 

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.

 

The following titles may be enjoyed by Kindergartners. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations, ask at the Children's Reference Desk, or fill out a May We Suggest form.

Fiction

Fiction books for Kindergartners can be found in a variety of locations, including J PICTURE BOOK, J READER, KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL, and J FICTION. Click on each title for location and availability.

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