Michigan Story Time

Michigan Story Time brings together notable alumni children’s book authors to share recorded readings of their books. Learn more about each author and watch their readings:

Dr. Paul Krajewski, ’89, MS’91, PhD’94

Paul is a three-time U-M alum who has written two children’s books to help you understand the elements that make up both your body and your car, with “What’s in Your Body” and “What’s in Your Car.” Watch Paul read both:

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Doris Rubenstein, ’71

Doris Rubenstein graduated from U-M in 1971 and has gone on to write award-winning children’s books. She shares a full reading of “The Journey of a Dollar” here:

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Emily Siwek, ’02

Emily Siwek graduated from U-M in 2002 and has gone on to write a children’s book inspired by a local performer in Ann Arbor. She shares a full reading of her book, “A Monster on Main Street,” here:

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Susan B. Katz, ’93

Susan B. Katz graduated from U-M in 1993 and has gone on to write a series of award-winning children’s books. She shares a sneak peek of her latest children’s book, “Meditation Station,” here:

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Lauren Ranalli, ’06

Lauren Ranalli graduated from U-M in 2006 and has gone on to write several children’s books, including her latest book, “Let’s Meet on the Moon.” Watch Lauren read “Let’s Meet on the Moon” and share the tale of how we can stay close and connected even when we can’t be together:

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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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