The Michigan Reader

Cover: The Michigan Reader

Harking back to the turn of the last century, this early reader is sure to charm students, teachers, and parents alike. In a compact format, The Michigan Reader features poems, short stories, and word games to involve students while educating and encouraging them about their state. Delicate, full-color pencil illustrations by K.L. (Kate) Darnell highlight author Kathy-jo Wargin's enchanting tales of Michigan's heroes (from the fur traders to Sojourner Truth), familiar sights (lighthouses and ships on the great waters), animals and products, with plenty of fun and nonsense in-between to engage young readers!



  • Dewey: 810.8/032774/083
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Paperback (9781585364527): 96 pages, 5.5 (w) x 7.5 (h), © 2008, 07/28/2008
  • PDF (9781534125841): 96 pages, 5.5 (w) x 7.5 (h), © 2001, 10/01/2017
  • Hosted ebook (9781534126008): 96 pages, 5.5 (w) x 7.5 (h), © 2001, 10/01/2017
  • Series: State/Country Readers


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
  • ATOS Reading Level: 4.9
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 61053
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects


  • MRA Reader's Choice Award, Winner, 2002


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Author: Kathy-jo Wargin

Kathy-jo Wargin is the author of more than 45 books and has earned national acclaim through award-winning children's classics such as Michigan's official state book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, Children's Choice Award winner The Legend of the Loon, The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell, and many others. Kathy-jo enjoys writing about nature, folklore, and its effect on all our lives. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter for associations, school districts, and conferences throughout the country. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Illustrator: K. L. Darnell

Artist Kate Darnell has been drawing for as long as she can remember and even after 20 years of doing it, is thrilled each day to be making her living at what she loves most to do—drawing pictures. She earned her BFA studying drawing and painting at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. In addition to her freelance career as an illustrator and calligrapher, she is a part-time instructor of art at Lansing Community College. Her art has been described as "making you want to slow down and look." Her intricate drawings are achieved through many layers of tiny colored pencil marks on vellum paper. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and daughter.