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Great Lakes, Great Reads

While stuck at H.O.M.E.S.

During these unprecedented times, librarians are doing what they do best: reading, recommending books and talking about books. We are launching a new feature during this time that will be archived here: Great Lakes, Great Reads (while stuck at H.O.M.E.S.).

We will feature five faves almost every day. If you want to nominate a favorite, please send your suggestion to Anne at askwater@aqua.wisc.edu or tweet us your ideas or post it on our Facebook page.


Stay safe, stay well, stay connected.

MAY 6, 2020 – Poetry edition

Harborless by Cindy Hunter Morgan. Detroit, MI : Wayne State University Press, 2017.

In the Swim: Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian. Orlando, Flor. : Voyager, 2001.

Our Big Home: an Earth Poem by Linda Glaser; Elisa Kleven. Minneapolis : Millbrook Press, 2012.

Sail Away: Poems by Langston Hughes; Ashley Bryan. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Song of the Water Boatman [and] Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman; Beckie Prange. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006.

Watermarks: Poems from the Coast of Keweenaw by Barbara Simila; Peter Oikarinen. Calumet, Mich. : Manitou Books, ©1996.

APRIL 22, 2010 – Earth Day edition

Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise by Gaylord Nelson; Susan Campbell; Paul R Wozniak; Tia Nelson. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012.

Gaylord Nelson: Champion for our Earth by Sheila Cohen.  Madison, Wis.: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2010.

The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-in Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation by Adam Rome. [n.p.]: North Point Press, 2014.

The Man from Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson by Bill Christofferson. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.

Wisconsin’s Environment, 1970-1995: an Earth Day Twenty-fifth Anniversary Commemorative by Darin Harris. [Madison, Wis.?] : Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, [1995].

APRIL 13, 2013 – Shipwrecks edition

“A” is for Archaeology: Underwater Archaeological Investigations from the 2016 and 2017 Field Seasons by Tamara L Thomsen; Caitlin N Zant; Tori Kiefer. [Madison, Wisconsin] : Wisconsin Historical Society, 2018.

Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals by William Ratigan. [n.p.]: Galahad Books, 1994.

Mysteries and Histories: Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes by Wes Oleszewski. Marquette, Mich. : Avery Color Studios, 1997.

Myths and Mysteries: Underwater Archaeological Investigations of the Lumber Schooner Rouse Simmons, Christmas Tree Ship by Keith N Meverden; Tamara L Thomsen. [Madison, Wis.?] : Wisconsin Historical Society, 2008

Shipwrecks and Lost Treasures, Great Lakes: Legends and Lore, Pirates and More! by Michael O Varhola; Paul G Hoffman; Frederick Stonehous. Guilford, Conn.: Globe Pequot, 2008.

APRIL 8, 2020 – StayCation 2020 edition

A 1,000-mile Great Lakes Walk: One Woman’s Trek along the Shorelines of All Five Great Lakes by Loreen Niewenhuis. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Crickhollow Books, 2013.

Biking the Great Lakes Islands: a Guide to Biking Seven Islands in the Great Lakes by Kathleen S Abrams; Lawrence F Abrams. Wausau, WI: Entwood Pub., 1985.

Going Full Circle: a 1,555-mile Walk Around the World’s Largest Lake by Michael Link; Kate Crowley. Duluth: Lake Superior Port Cities Inc., 2012.

The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour: One Cyclist’s Journey along the Shores of the Inland Seas by Thomas C Shevory. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2017].

APRIL 6, 2020 – Lake edition

Around the Shores of Lake Superior : a Guide to Historic Sites by Margaret Beattie Bogue. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007.

Lake Erie: a Pictorial History by Julie Macfie Sobol; Ken Sobol. Buffalo, N.Y.: Boston Mills Press; Distributed in the United States by Firefly Books, 2004.

Lake Huron by Anne Ylvisaker. Mankato, Minn : Bridgestone Books, 2004.

Lake Michigan by Sarah FitzSimons. [Madison, Wis.] : [Water Books], [2019].

The State of Lake Ontario in 2014 by Robert O’Gorman. Ann Arbor, MI : Great Lakes Fishery Commission, [2017]

APRIL 2, 2020

The Great Lakes Water Wars by Peter Annin. Washington, DC : Island Press, 2018.

Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure by Maureen Dunphy. Detroit, Michigan: Painted Turtle, an imprint of Wayne State University Press, 2016.

Nibi Emosaawdang = The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson. [Toronto]: Second Story Press, 2019.

Wooden Boats and Iron Men: History of Commercial Fishing in Northern Lake Michigan & Door County, 1850-2005 by Trygvie Jensen. De Pere, Wis.: Paisa (Alt) Pub., 2007.

APRIL 1, 2020 – April Fools Day edition

Blue Men and River Monsters: Folklore of the North by John Zimm. Madison, WI : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, [2014].

Lake monsters of Wisconsin by Chad Lewis. Eau Claire, WI : On the Road Publications, [2016].

Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes by Ed Butts. [n.p.]: Tundra Books, 2011.

Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes by Denise Brennan-Nelson; Susan Kathleen Hartung. Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, [2015].

MARCH 30, 2020

29 Missing : the True and Tragic Story of the Disappearance of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald by Andrew Kantar. East Lansing, Mich.: Lancaster : Michigan State University Press ; Gazelle, 2000.

Great Lakes Rocks: 4 Billion Years of Geologic History in the Great Lakes Region by Stephen E Kesler. [n.p.]: University of Michigan Regional, 2019.

Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes by William Rapai. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press, 2016.

The Lure of the North Woods: Cultivating Tourism in the Upper Midwest by Aaron Shapiro. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Mail by the Pail by Colin Bergel; Mark Koenig. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, ©2000

MARCH 27, 2020 – Children edition

The Day the Great Lakes Drained Away by Charles Ferguson Barker. [Michigan?]: Mackinac Island Press, 2005.

The Edmund Fitzgerald: The Song of the Bell by Kathy-Jo Wargin and Gisjbert Van Frankenhuyzen. Chelsea, Mich.: Sleeping Bear Press: 2003.

The Freshwater Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge: 1996.

Gimaamaa-akiiminaan gimiigwechiwendaamin: Thankful for our Mother Earth: A kid’s manoomin activity booklet by Dylan Jennings; Wesley Ballinger; Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, Odanah, WI: GLIFWC, 2017 (available full text online!).

On Sand Island by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003.

MARCH 26, 2020

Animal Tracks of the Great Lakes by Ian Sheldon. Edmonton: Lone Pine, 1997.

A Fully Accredited Ocean: Essays on the Great Lakes by Victoria Brehm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press 1998.

The Great Lakes: Stories from Where We Live by Sara St Antoine. Minneapolis, Minn.: Milkweed Editions, 2005.

Paddle to the Sea. Written and illustrated by Holling Clancy Holling. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941.

Water by John Gurda. Essay in the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. Edited by Amanda Seligman. (accessed 3/26/2020)

MARCH 25, 2020

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C Becker. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983. (available in full text!)

The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2003.

Manoomin: the Story of Wild Rice in Michigan by Barbara J Barton. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, [2018].

Sustaining Lake Superior: an Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World. by Nancy Langston. [n.p.]: Yale University Press, 2019.

The Windward Shore: a Winter on the Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.

MARCH 24, 2020

Gimaamaa-akiiminaan gimiigwechiwendaamin: Thankful for our Mother Earth: Spearing Through the Ice, Activity Booklet by Dylan Jennings; Wesley Ballinger; Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. Odanah, WI: Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, [2016].

Great Lakes Chronicle: Essays on Coastal Wisconsin. by Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.  [Madison, Wisconsin]: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, [2018] ©2018

Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes by William Rapai. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press, [2016].

The Life of the Lakes, 4th Ed: a Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery by Brandon C Schroeder; Shari Dann. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2019.

Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks by John Odin Jensen. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2019.

MARCH 23, 2020

Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Management in the Great Lakes Basin by Eric Freedman; Mark Neuzil. London; New York Routledge, Taylor et Francis Group 2018.

Growing up Ojibwe. by Joshua M Whitebird; Edward Benton-Banai; Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. Odanah, WI: Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, [2018].

People of the Sturgeon by Kathleen Kline, Fred Binkowski, Ron Bruch. Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2009.

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, [2017].

Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes by Pamela Cameron; Renee Graef. [Madison, WI]: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, [2019].