MN Storytime Reading Guides

About the Reading Guides

The Minnesota Humanities Center’s Minnesota Storytime reading guides feature Minnesota children’s picture books (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.). All books selected for Minnesota Storytime were created by authors and/or illustrators from Minnesota. The reading guides have been developed for use by librarians, teachers, child care providers, parents, and anyone else interested in reading and related literacy activities with children and families. The guides contain many suggestions for sharing stories in a consistent easy-to-read format.

List of 68 Books/Reading Guides in the Program

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Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet by Betsy Bowen
Apples (Let’s Investigate) by Shawndra Shofner
The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama
BoozHoo by Fond du Lac Headstart, photographs by Rocky Wilkinson
The Borrowed Hanukah Latkes by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Nancy Cote
Cold Little Duck Duck Duck by Lisa Westberg Peters, illustrated by Sam Williams
Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Harry Bliss
Cowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets by Kitty Griffin & Kathy Combs, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Daddy Played Music for the Cows by Maryann Weidt, illustrated by Henri Sorensen
Dhegdheer: A Scary Somali Folktale by Marian A. Hassan, illustrated by Betsy Bowen
Book and reading guide available in Somali and English
Dia’s Story Cloth – The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom by Dia Cha, stitched by Chue and Nhia Thao Cha
Book and reading guide available in White Hmong, Green Mong, and English
Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up by Lisa Westberg Peters, illustrated by Cathie Felstead
Ellis Island: Doorway to Freedom by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Karen Ritz
Family by Isabell Monk, illustrated by Janice Lee Porter
Farmer’s Market: Families Working Together by Marcie R. Randon and Cheryl Walsh Bellville, photographs by Cheryl Walsh Bellville
The Fiddler of the Northern Lights by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, illustrated by Leslie Bowman
The First Thing My Mama Told Me by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Christine Davenier
Fold Me A Poem by Kristine O'Connell George, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Get Dressed! by Gwenyth Swain
Goose Moon by Carolyn Arden, illustrated by Jim Postier
Grandad’s Prayer of the Earth by Douglas Wood, illustrated by P. J. Lynch
Hey Pancakes! by Tamson Weston, illustrated by Stephen Gammell
Horsefly by Alice Hoffman, illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
How Many Elephants? A Lift-the-Flap Counting Book by Selby Beeler, illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
If You Want to See a Caribou by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Jim Meyer
If You Were Born a Kitten by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by JoEllen McAllister Stammen
Imagine a House: A Journey of Fascinating Houses Around the World by Angela Gustafson, illustrated by Matt Kania, Matt Mills & Amy Learn
It’s Fall! by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Susan Swan
The Lion’s Share/Qayb Libaax by Said Salah Ahmed, illustrated by Kelly Dupre
Book and reading guide available in Somali and English
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Derek Anderson
Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains by Barbara Knutson
Marven of the Great North Woods by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier
Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Harry Bliss
Mud by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Nature’s Yucky! Gross Stuff that Helps Nature Work by Lee Ann Landstrom & Karen I. Shragg, illustrated by Constance R. Bergum
Night Driving by John Coy, illustrated by Peter McCarty
Nightlight by Jeannine Anderson, illustrated by Nikki Johnson, art direction by Joy Dey
Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Stephen Gammell
One-Dog Canoe by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Ard Hoyt
Our Big Home: An Earth Poem by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Elisa Kleven
Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters, illustrated by Laura Stringer
Our Journey by Lyz Jaakola, illustrated by Karen Savage-Blue
Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier
Papa’s Latkes by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by Stacey Schuett
Prairie Train by Marsha Wilson Chall, illustrated by John Thompson
The Race of the Birkebeiners by Lise Lunge-Larsen, illustrated by Mary Azarian
Range Eternal by Louise Erdrich, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Jill Barton
The Raven’s Gift: A True Story from Greenland by Kelly Dupre
Roxsboxen by Alice McLerran, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Rules of the Wind: An Unruly Book About Manners by Bridget Levin, illustrated by Amanda Shepherd
Sacagawea by Lise Erdrich, illustrated by Julie Buffalohead
Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Becky Prange
Strong to the Hoop by John Coy, illustrated by Leslie Jean-Bart
Book and reading guide available in Spanish and English
Sugar (Let’s Investigate) by Sheryl Peterson
Swing Around the Sun by Barbara Juster Esbensen, illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee, Janice Lee Porter, Mary GrandPre’ and Stephen Gammell
Tell Me What We Did Today by Rick Kupchella, illustrated by Warren Hanson
Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby B. Beeler, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Tortilla Factory by Gary Paulsen, illustrated by Ruth Wright Paulsen
Book and reading guide available in Spanish and English
The Travels of Igal Shidaad by Amin Amir, illustrated by Said Salah Ahmed
Book and reading guide available in Somali and English
Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy, illustrated by Carolyn Fisher
Up North at the Cabin by Marsha Wilson Chall, illustrated by Steve Johnson
V is for Viking by Kathy-Jo Wargin, illustrated by Karen Latham & Rebecca Latham
Wiil Waal by Kathleen Moriarty, illustrated by Amin Amir
Book and reading guide available in Somali and English
What Dads Can’t Do by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Doug Cushman
The Wolfhound by Kristine L. Franklin, illustrated by Kris Waldherr