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Mail by the Pail (Great Lakes Books Series) by Colin Bergel and illustrated by Mark Koenig


Mary’s father works on one of the big freighters that serve the Great Lakes, which means he’s constantly on the move. How is she going to get his birthday card to him?

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Series: Great Lakes Books Series
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (October 1, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0814328903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814328903

January’s Sparrow by Patricia Polacco


Learn how the people of Marshall, Michigan stood up for runaway slave Sadie and her family.

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Publisher: Philomel (October 29, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0399250778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250774

Clever Beatrice by Margaret Willey and Heather Solomon

Paperback | Hardcover

Explore the upper peninsula of Michigan with this tale of sharp-witted Beatrice versus the rich giant.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 1, 2004)
ISBN-10: 068987068X
ISBN-13: 978-0689870682


Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story by Lindsey McDivitt and illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen

Kindle | Hardcover

A picture book biography of Michigan artist Gwen Frostic best known for her delicate block prints.

  • Reading age : 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press (July 15, 2018)
  • ISBN-10 : 1585364053
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1585364053

Henry Ford: Building Cars for Everyone by Pat McCarthy

Library binding

Biography of Henry Ford for middle graders.

  • Reading age : 9 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Enslow Pub Inc (June 1, 2002)
  • ISBN-10 : 076601620X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0766016200

Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford (Photobiographies) by Don Mitchell


Using archival photographs and quotes from his writings, Don Mitchell reveals many facets of the life of the automotive industry’s pioneer, Henry Ford.

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books (May 11, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1426301553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426301551

The Day the Great Lakes Drained Away by Charles Ferguson Barker

Kindle | Hardcover

This imaginative book explores the geological features of the beds of the Great Lakes. Treads a line between informational fiction and nonfiction.

  • Publisher: Mackinac Island Press, Inc. (March 1, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0974914525
  • ASIN: B005DI9FDW

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka

Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Audio CD

Ever wonder how Jon Scieszka came to be so funny and creative? Read about his boyhood growing up in Flint, Michigan.

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (October 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 067001138X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670011384

M Is For Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet by Annie Appleford and illustrated by Michael Glenn Monroe

Kindle | Hardcover

Learn about Michigan from Battle Creek to the Upper Peninsula.

  • Reading age : 4 – 8 years
  • Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; 1st edition (September 15, 1999)
  • ISBN-10 : 1886947732
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1886947733

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