Michigan Story Time

Michigan Story Time brings together notable children’s book authors, such as Brad Meltzer, ’92, Supriya Kelkar, ’02, and Philip Stead, ’03, to share recorded readings of their books. Gil Leaf also does a live reading of “The Story of Ferdinand,” a famous children’s book authored by his father, Munro Leaf. Learn more about each author and watch their readings:

Brad Meltzer, ‘92

Brad graduated from U-M in 1992 and has gone on to write a series of notable children’s books around historical figures. He shares what these books mean to him in this introduction:

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Check out all of Brad’s book readings from his Ordinary People Change the World series, which includes stories of inspirational heroes like Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Billie Jean King, and Neil Armstrong.

Supriya Kelkar, ‘02

Supriya graduated from U-M in 2002 and has gone on to write a series of books that encourage children to stand up against hate. She shares more about her book, “American as Paneer Pie,” in this introduction:

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Watch her reading of the first chapter of “American as Paneer Pie,” along with a writing prompt from Authors Everywhere.

Philip Stead, ‘03

Philip graduated from U-M in 2003. Since then, alongside his wife, Erin Stead, he’s written and illustrated multiple children’s books, including “A Sick Day for Amos McGee.” Watch Philip read “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” and share the tale of what happens when a zookeeper takes a sick day:

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Gil Leaf

While Gil is not an alum, his son is a Wolverine. Watch as Gil reads his father’s (Munro Leaf’s) book, “The Story of Ferdinand,” which went on to be made into a Disney film, “Ferdinand the Bull,” in 1951:

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