Heading to Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore? These Books Will Enrich Your Visit

The Legend of Sleeping Bear by Kathy Jo Wargin

Written by a local author with a gift for bringing to life area lore, the story of Mishe-Mokwa (mother bear) and her cubs has been named the State of Michigan’s official Children’s Book. For added effect, read it to your little ones while looking out at the Manitou Islands—although know that it is at heart a sad story so proceed with caution if you are reading to a sensitive child. 

Seasons of Sleeping Bear by Terri Phipps

A photographic journey through all four seasons, this book offers an intimacy with the landscape that might otherwise be missed.  Views from the bluffs and lighthouses are sure to be favorites, as is the up close image of the shipwreck off the Manitou Islands. 

Sleeping Bear—Yesterday and Today by George Weeks

The quintessential guide to Sleeping Bear’s 10,000-plus year history.  This is the one-stop resource that tells about the land, the settlements and even glimpses at the dunes future.  With more than 250 illustrations and photographs, it doesn’t read like a textbook either.  Available at the Dune Bookstore in the Sleeping Bear Visitors Center.

Available at local bookstores including Cottage Books in Glen Arbor, cottagebooks.com and Sleeping Bear Visitors Center nps.gov/slbe.

Check out our Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Mega Page and find all your need for a spectacular Sleeping Bear Dunes visit.

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