Hope College Presents

Little Read


Little Read Lakeshore 2021 Book

Fry Bread

We are excited to announce Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard as our 2021 book selection!

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.

Learn moreDownload our 2021 event calendar!

What is the Little Read Lakeshore?

Hope College's Little Read Lakeshore creates and fosters a culture where reading matters to children, families and those who support, advocate for and work with children. We bring our Lakeshore community together around a common book and use this shared experience of reading, discussing, and exploring the themes of the book as a springboard to listen to and learn from each other. Our month-long community-wide reading program takes place annually in November. The Little Read Lakeshore is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Reimagining the Little Read Lakeshore as a Hybrid Program

What is a hybrid program?

Because of COVID-19, we had to pivot and switch to offering a virtual program last year. This year it is our hope to provide both in-person AND virtual events as well as virtual options for attending in-person events.


Little to no travel. Attend most events in the comfort of your own home. Attend some in person.


Real-time virtual and/or in-person interactions with speakers and fellow participants.


Some events will be offered in-person and some will be offered virtually. Some will be offered as both.


Going virtual allows us to include speakers beyond our geographical reach.

Guiding Questions for 2021 Program

Whose histories are told? Whose are silenced?

Why is it important for us to learn about Native American history and culture?

What is a poem? What does it mean to pay attention, listen, notice?

Ways to Get Involved

Read the book

Our book's topics and themes are timely and relevant.

Attend our events

Our events offer a variety of perspectives, experiences, and angles on the book.

Interact with others

Our goal is that you listen and learn from others as well as sharing your own ideas and experiences.


Our community becomes stronger when you make positive changes in response to your interactions with the book.

Find The Book

Our 2021 NEA Big Read and Little Read Lakeshore titles will be available at Reader’s World (Holland), Barnes and Noble (Holland), Hope College’s Bookstore, The Bookman (Grand Haven), and Amazon.

Participating libraries will host book giveaways in the fall.

You can also find the titles at participating libraries beginning in June. Book club bags are available at select locations.

Land Acknowledgement

Together we acknowledge that we gather, in West Michigan, on the traditional land of the Peoria, Potawatomi, Odawa, Ojibwe Peoples, past and present.

We honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.

As a community, we recognize the ever present systemic inequities that stem directly from past wrongdoings. We are grateful for the ways in which stories and words can speak truth and shed insight to these inequalities and wrongdoings, and also provide a way forward towards equality, justice and understanding.

Through these Big Read events and beyond, we commit to respecting and reconciling this long history of injustice, and commit to be better stewards of this land we inhabit.