Illinois Reads is a statewide initiative of the Illinois Reading Council to promote reading for all Illinois citizens, and to highlight works written by Illinois authors. The Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library have been proud partners of the program since its inception in 2013, with Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White serving as honorary chairman.
Each year, Illinois Reads selects six books in six different age categories ranging from read-to books for infants to adult readers. Book selections include fiction and nonfiction, and cover a variety of topics and themes for each age group.
The program kicks off in March with the Illinois Reads Book Festival, and concludes on the third Thursday in November with Family Reading Night, an annual family reading event sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, and the Illinois Center for the Book.
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Become an Illinois Reads Ambassador
Illinois Reads Ambassadors help support the Illinois Reads program and the Illinois Reading Council's efforts to promote literacy. To serve as an Ambassador, simply complete the online form provided on the Illinois Reads website. Once you sign up, you will receive an Ambassador Kit, which will contain the latest news about Illinois Reads, as well as promotional materials for you to distribute in your community and schools.