Filled with insightful text and stunning art, our books are sure to inform, inspire and delight readers with details about the island's rich history, natural beauty, horse culture and Victorian architecture.
A Fortnight of Fragrance on Mackinac Island
Authors Sue Allen & Jeff Young
Photography by Jennifer Wohletz
9" x 9", Hard cover with jacket, $30
During lilac time in June, a fragrant canopy of color rises as high as 18 feet on the oldest lilacs on Mackinac Island. Horticulturists claim there is nowhere else on the planet where you can find lilacs with such impressive architecture. LILACS – A Fortnight of Fragrance on Mackinac Island, takes readers on a photographic tour of the iconic blooms unfolding all over the island, from quaint little lanes to sunny Marquette Park to a huge hedge at British Landing.
Authors Sue Allen and Jeff Young tell of the times when lilacs were first planted, why they thrive on the island and how the centuries old lilacs are interwoven with history and horses in Mackinac’s fabric. LILACS is a keepsake for anyone with a passion for lilacs, the island, or simply an interest in gardening. Proceeds from this book will support a preservation fund to protect and care for Mackinac’s lilacs for generations to come.
Inside Mackinac Island's Historic Cottages
Author Moira Croghan
Photography by Mark Bearss
9" x 9", Hard cover with jacket, $40
TIMELESS offers an inside peek at the private historic cottages people cherish on Mackinac Island. With more than 300 photographs, the 9” x 9”, 272-page, hard-cover coffee table book takes readers on a tour of 33 of these architectural treasures – providing inspiration for creating inviting, relaxing spaces in homes new and old.
“TIMELESS is an informative and visually stunning book that serves as a time capsule of the historic cottages of Mackinac Island, providing a glimpse of how they have been preserved more than a century after they were built,” says Rick Neumann, architect, a Michigan Historic Preservation Network Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and architectural reviewer for the Mackinac Island Planning Commission and the Historic District Commission. “The book’s photographs capture the unique interiors of these cottages, which reflect the magnificent nature of Victorian architecture and Mackinac Island.”
The Gardens of Mackinac Island
by Jack Barnwell and Sue Allen
10" x 10", Hard cover with jacket, $50
Tour Mackinac Island’s private and public outdoor spaces for a rare peek at gardens both humble and grand. Each garden has a story, many have secrets, and most have a connection to the past. Come to the gardens and hear the voices of those who love them. With more than 600 color photographs featuring nearly 100 gardens and the Mackinac Island State Park, this book masterfully interweaves narratives, poetry, history and horticulture of this unique island, creating a time capsule of past and present.
Mackinac's premier landscape architect Jack Barnwell along with his fellow island landscape designers and local gardeners show how they bring a unique sense of style in the outdoors. From naturalized rock gardens, tranquil ponds, fragrant lilacs and heirloom perennial gardens, to classical statues, elegant fountains, historic pergolas and showy border gardens, The Gardens of Mackinac Island provides a welcome variety of inspiration for creating an inviting, relaxing outdoor space.
an introduction to the Gardens of
Mackinac Island | picture book
Author Jack Barnwell
Photography by Jennifer Wohletz
6" x 9", soft cover, $18
Mackinac Island's unique location, quaint horse culture and crop of passionate gardeners has led to the creation of many spectacular gardens. Guided by one of Mackinac's premier landscape designers, explore the island through its most breathtaking vistas.
MIMI the MONARCH | children's picture book
Authors Natalia and Mark Wohletz
Illustrations by Natalia Wohletz
9" x 6", hardcover, $16.95, ages 3-8
Enter the magical world of a monarch as it transforms from an egg to a caterpillar to a chrysalis to a beautiful butterfly. Stunning photography gives readers an up close look at the stages of a butterfly's metamorphosis. The fiction children's book features photographs, illustrations and field notes loaded with fun facts.
2018 Awards: Children's Nonfiction
"WOW! WOW! WOW! The photographs in the book are stunningly beautiful. The photos show close ups of the
caterpillar in many of its stages. The book is a photo essay, picture book, non-fiction all rolled into one. The story of the Mama Monarch mission has a nice cadence and is a perfect read to the youngest readers. The factual information presented is just the right amount for young readers. The information presented is great for a school report as well. This book will not disappoint. A first purchase for public and school libraries." – Maria Showich-Gallup, Head of Children's Services, Farmington Community Library
"The book itself feels great! The pictures are beautiful. The additional drawings add a nice contrast to the color photos.
I appreciate the field notes. They can be read or ignored, based on the reader's age or interest. I like the rhythmic text, along with the rhymes." – Melanie Albert, Early Childhood Specialist, Farmington Community Library
"MIMI the MONARCH follows a monarch's journey from larva to butterfly. The story, written in poetic verse with playful rhyming, provides a narrative that allows children to connect with the issues threatening monarchs." – Jacob A. Ball, Mackinac Town Crier
Triple the Fun on Mackinac Island
by Victoria Buursma
illustrated by Natalia Wohletz
8" x 8", Soft cover, $12
Join triplet sisters Josie, Rosie and Ellie as they travel to Mackinac Island. It's three times the fun – as they ride on horse-drawn carriages, splash in the Grand Hotel pool, watch butterflies sip nectar and visit soldiers in uniform at Fort Mackinac.
The girls don't always agree on things such as fudge flavors and who gets to sit on Grandpa's lap, but they learn that if they take turns, share and problem-solve little obstacles along the way, their Mackinac Island adventures are always triple the fun.
Beautifully illustrated scenes along with the author's hard-earned tips and fun-filled activities ideas for parents traveling with young children make this book a must for your Mackinac Island children's library collection.
Water Beyond the Bridge | novel
Author Susan Allen
Cover Design by Lily Niederpruem
5.5" x 8.5", soft cover, $14.95
Two summer lovers from decades past meet again on Mackinac Island and their worlds are forever altered... Steeped in yearning and illuminated by the shining waters of the Great Lakes, this later-in-life love story gives readers an inside view of Mackinac. You'll meet carriage drivers, manure sweepers, eccentric summerfold, and plenty of horses. Author Sue Allen captures the spirit of Mackinac thanks to her life-long experience living on the island in summer. To order, visit www.sueallenbooks.com.
"Having spent my summers on the Island, WATER beyond the BRIDGE exceeds all expectations! It perfectly depicts the feeling of Mackinac – not just the romantic pretty side. It also captures the realities of physical toil, frequent bad weather and the. manure."
– Amazon Customer, July 12, 2016
"I have never been to Mackinac Island but it is on my list of places that I would like to visit, so when our book club selected this book, I was eager for the opportunity to learn more about the island and was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the book and getting to know the main characters, as well as the island. The author's very talented writing style and effective use of metaphors really created some vivid pictures that made this fictional work feel very real." – Amazon Customer, May 23, 2017
COLORFUL MACKINAC | coloring book
Author Steve Brisson
Illustrated by Alek Cummings,
Lily Niederpruem & Natalia Wohletz
8" x 10", soft cover
Explore the beauty and history of Mackinac State Historic Parks (MSHP) with photographs, insightful text and 30 illustrations to color. Historic sites include Mackinac Island, Fort Mackinac, Fort Michilimackinac, Old Mission Point Lighthouse and Historic Mill Pond Discovery Park. To purchase, visit the Mackinac State Historic Parks' gift shops in Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island or the Island Bookstore.
2018 Awards: Adult Coloring Books
"The newest publication (COLORFUL MACKINAC) from Mackinac State Historic Parks will offer an enjoyable and relaxing way to connect with the many historical sites around the Straits of Mackinac." – Jacob A. Ball, Mackinac Town Crier
Mindful Mackinac | coloring book
Author Susan Allen
Illustrated by Alek Cummings, Amy Marlatt & Natalia Wohletz
8" x 10", soft cover, $14.95
Take a visual tour of Mackinac Island with this one-of-a-kind coloring book featuring scenic photographs, insightful text and corresponding illustrations to color. The copy and pictures make the book more than just a coloring book. It's a Mackinac souvenir people can help design themselves. Plus, there’s a turtle (Mackinac’s symbol) hidden in each illustration, a photo scavenger hunt and coloring contest.
free downloadable Mackinac Island coloring pages
The Essence of Nature | coffee table art book
Paintings by Maeve Croghan
10" x 8", hard cover, $34.95
The Essence of Nature is an eye-catching coffee table book that's perfect for sharing your love of the island with friends and family. The book showcases a beautiful collection of luminescent oil paintings by Mackinac Island artist Maeve Croghan. The paintings express Mackinac's beauty and depict the special places on the island where people of all ages may discover the joy of life and nature. The book also takes viewers on a tour of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Northern California, France and Italy.
"The Essence of Nature celebrates the work of Mackinac Island painter and naturalist Maeve Croghan. The book contains dozens of Ms. Croghan's works, including pieces that were commissioned or sold and scattered about to sellers all over the country. For the first time, her work is compiled in a single product that can be shared with even more people." – Stephanie Fortino, Mackinac Town Crier