Read for a Lifetime Illinois Center for the Book
Read for a Lifetime is a statewide reading program that targets high school students. This initiative promotes the enjoyment of reading by encouraging students to read both classic and contemporary literature, and rewards them for their efforts. By participating in the program, students develop a love of books and reading that will last a lifetime.
- Illinois high schools participating in the program receive a list of 25 book titles, which represents a mixture of classic and contemporary literature.
- Each student who reads at least four titles from the posted booklist during the school year will receive a certificate of achievement signed by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.
- Blind or visually impaired students may work with their local Reading for a Lifetime coordinator to substitute those titles unavailable in Braille or Talking Books. To avoid any confusion on the final completion form, please identify those students and list the substituted title(s).
- Print or type the name and current grade level of each student when completing the Student Participation Form. Please circle the name of any senior who is participating in the program for the fourth consecutive year.
- Please make note of any senior who is participating in the program for the fourth consecutive year, having read all 25 titles each year.
- The deadline for submitting the School/Library Participation Form is November 15 of the current school year.
- In order to process and issue certificates in a timely manner, the Final Reporting Form must be returned to the State Library by April 15 of the current school year.
Booklist and Participation Forms
- 2019–2020 Booklist
- 2018–2019 Booklist
- School/Library Participation Form
- Student Participation Form
- Final Reporting Form
Completed forms may be sent via mail, fax or email to:
Illinois State Library
Attn: Jeanne Urbanek
300 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1796
** Video promotes the Read for a Lifetime program at Lincoln-Way West High School. Published May 16, 2018.
- Over the history of the program 19,567 students and adults from more than 500 high schools and public libraries throughout Illinois have read 90,777 books.
- 490 high school seniors have received special recognition for having completed the program requirements during all four years of high school.
- 161 students have read all 25 books on the list in a given school year.
- 12 high school seniors have received special recognition from Secretary of State Jesse White for completing the program requirements all four years, by reading all 25 titles each year.
For more information about Read for a Lifetime, please call 217-524-0050 or email email@example.com.