Raising Readers, A Collection of Stories from Maine (2005)


The last book children will receive from the Raising Readers Program at age 5. Written and illustrated by Maine residents, it includes a detachable card certifying that this child was raised to be a reader and invites them to get their first library card. 'The Big Meow' by Elizabeth Spires and illustrated by Cynthia Jabar; 'That's What Friends Are For' by Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Van Clief, illustrated by Holly Meade; 'The Bugliest Bug' by Carol Diggory Shield and illustrated by Scott Nash; 'Weslandia' by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes; 'Zachary's Ball' written and illustrated by Matt Tavares.

Raising Readers: A Collection of Stories from Maine


2013/2014: This book is an anthology of six picture books, each created by an author or illustrator from Maine. It contains the wonderful picture books The Big Meow, illustrated by the artist Cynthia Jabar who was raised in Maine; The Bugliest Bug, illustrated by Peaks Island artist Scott Nash; Farmer Will, written and illustrated by the picture book creator Jane Cowen-Fletcher; That's Are What Friends Are For, illustrated by Maine artist Holly Meade; Weslandia, illustrated by Gorham artist Kevin Hawkes; and Zachary's Ball, written and illustrated by Maine picture book creator Matt Tavares!

Raising Readers: A Treasury of Tales from Maine


An anthology of five picture books by authors and illustrators who create books in Maine. 'Dance with Me' by Charles R. Smith Jr. and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones; 'One Frog Sang' by Shirley Parenteau and illustrated by Cynthia Jabar; 'The Bugliest Bug' by Carol Diggory Shields and illustrated by Scott Nash; 'In the Wild' by David Elliott and illustrated by Holly Meade; 'The Circus Ship' written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

The Bugliest Bug


In this rousing read-aloud, all of insect land is abuzz with news of a big contest! The demure Damselfly Dilly — "neither clever nor frilly" — has no thoughts of winning, but she's curious to see who will. Lively verse mixes fun, fancy, and fascinating fact, while exuberant artwork virtually flies off the page.

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10 Ways to Explore A Raising Readers Book

Raising Readers is excited to partner with the Maine State Library to bring you “10 Ways to Explore this Book” for a number of Raising Readers picture books. To download the printable book activity, click the link below to take you to the corresponding Raising Readers’ book profile. Then, click the red button that says […]

Partnering with Maine Public Libraries

Did you know April 7th through April 13th is National Library Week? We hope you’ll celebrate by visiting your local public library with your family. Raising Readers builds home libraries, one book at a time, by giving books to children and families at birth at every well-child visit starting at 2 months. Every child receives their […]

2018 Raising Readers Annual Report

Dear Friend of Raising Readers: On behalf of Raising Readers, we’re excited to share with you the 2018 Raising Readers Annual Report. With help from 1,600 healthcare providers at 350 participating sites, the program delivered 160,000 high-quality, developmentally appropriate books to 67,000 Maine babies and children. In addition to getting so many books into the homes and hands of […]

3 Ways that Reading Aloud Builds Life Skills

Did you know that a love of reading and books introduces life skills that can benefit your child for their entire life? It’s been well-documented that that early literacy prepares children for academic success, but reading and being read to can also help children of all ages develop important social behaviors such as good communication, […]

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