Beyond Sleeping Bear
If your family are fans of Up North themed picture books, you've probably already read The Legend of Sleeping Bear. It's one of our most popular picture books, with its beautifully illustrated story of a mother bear and her cubs. However, it's only one of many gorgeous picture books that feature stories from Michigan. If you're looking for other Up North-themed picture books, here are a few reommendations from Rachel, our expert in kids' literature. Explore Northern Michigan's natural beauty with Up North Alphabet or Nature's Friend, or discover the story of a ship dog in Scout! You and your little ones will have new Up North favorites to enjoy.
A new favorite by local author/illustrator Ashlea Walter. With lovely watercolor illustrations, this is a great keepsake from your up north trip, exploring the alphabet through the natural environment. —Rachel
One of my favorite places to visit in the area is Gwen Frostic's Art Studio in Benzonia where you can see the printing presses in action. This is a great tribute to her life and work. —Rachel
In 1941 Sport was a stray pup that became the ship dog for the Hyacinth crew tending lighthouses around Lake Michigan. A great historical choice for dog and adventure lovers alike! —Rachel