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Little Read Lakeshore

Hope College’s Little Read Lakeshore is an annual, month-long community-wide reading program that creates and fosters a culture in which reading matters to children, families and those who support, advocate for and work with children.

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Little Read Lakeshore takes place every November.

Mini Read Lakeshore logoMini Read Lakeshore takes place every November.

A woman reading a picture book to a group of children

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About the Program

The Little Read Lakeshore program brings together young readers and their families, along with other adults invested in the literacy lives of children, around one book for the purposes of reading, discussing and exploring the humanities themes of the book. We actively work to offer a wide variety of programming during our focus month that will appeal to a diverse population and that will attract children, families and community members. Main events and book discussions take place in a variety of spaces and locations and are planned to engage the chosen book and its topics from a variety of perspectives, experiences and angles, including not only lectures by engaging speakers, but also featuring film, food, music and art. 

The Little Read Lakeshore also collaborates with area preschool and elementary schools along with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and Allegan Intermediate School District to engage students in the reading and discussing of the chosen book in classroom settings. We provide participating schools with a unique opportunity to interact with a world-renowned author and/or participate with guest speakers and performers to better understand the book and its humanities-based topics and themes. Specifically, the goal of our work with area schools is to promote and support the literate lives of young readers.