M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet

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Where was the first mile of highway paved? Who was the 38th President of the United States? What is the nation's most remote National Park? What was the first bottled soda pop in this country? Find the answers to these questions and many more in M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet. Author Annie Appleford has written M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet to acquaint children with the most important people, places and items that have helped mold Michigan into the tremendous state it is. Rich with gorgeous paintings by Michigan artist Michael Monroe, M is for Mitten is both educational for older children and entertaining for youngsters who will surely be dazzled by the diverse and colorful illustrations from cover to cover. Kids can climb an Evergreen tree, hop on the back of a Robin, fly with him of the Mackinac Bridge through the Upper Peninsula for a visit to Isle Royale, before going to Detroit to drink Vernor's and then to Battle Creek to eat Kellogg's cereal. They can paddle in a birch bark canoe with Native Americans in and out of our many Harbors and then head to Lansing for a visit to the Capital. M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet is an all expense paid trip from shore to shore through the Great Lakes State, and you won't need a map - just look at your hand!



  • Dewey: 977.4
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781886947733): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2000, 09/15/1999
  • PDF (9781585366194): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2010, 11/12/2010
  • Hosted ebook (9781627534826): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
  • Subject: Geography, Language Arts
  • Series: Discover America State by State


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 8
  • ATOS Reading Level: 5.4
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 69314
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects


  • National Book Festivals state selection to represent Michigan, Winner, 2005
  • National Book Festivals state selection to represent Michigan, Winner, 2004
  • Read Michigan Selection, Short-listed, 2000


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Author: Annie Appleford

Annie Appleford is a lifelong resident of Michigan. Born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, she spent the summers of her youth at a family cottage on the shore of Lake Michigan.

A dedicated and ardent Michigander, Annie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University.

Illustrator: Michael Glenn Monroe

Award-winning wildlife artist Michael Glenn Monroe began his career at a very young age. A self-taught painter, Michael spends his time meticulously honing his craft, often teaching himself many new and unique techniques to add to his paintings.Michael began his publishing career with Sleeping Bear Press in 1999 when both Buzzy the Bumblebee and M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet were released. His knowledge and experience with landscapes and wildlife were a perfect match for Mitten, as well as subsequent state alphabet titles (S is for Sunshine: A Florida Alphabet and L is for Last Frontier: An Alaska Alphabet).Michael and his wife, Colleen, share a home in Brighton, Michigan, with their three children, twins Matthew and Natalie and John, born in May 2001.