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 promote and encourage their students to read from the annual booklist of 25 titles, which represents a mixture of classic and contemporary literature.
- Certificates are given to each student who:
- Reads at least four titles from the posted booklist during the school year
- Reads all 25 books on the annual posted booklist.
- Reads at least four titles from the annual posted booklist all 4 years of high school.
- Reads all 25 books on the annual posted booklist all 4 years of high school. * Please indicate any senior who is participating in the program for the fourth consecutive year, having read all 25 titles each year.
- All certificates are signed by Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White.
- Blind or visually impaired students may work with their local Read 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).
- Please make note of any senior who is participating in the program for the fourth consecutive year, having read all 25 titles each year.
Certificate Reporting Information and Deadline
In order to process and issue certificates in a timely manner, a Final Report must be sent to the State Library by April 15 of the current school year.
Complete and Submit the Final Reporting Form.
Read for a Lifetime
Illinois Center for the Book
300 S 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 23,494 students and adults from more than 500 high schools and public libraries throughout Illinois have read 115,484 books.
- 767 high school seniors have received special recognition for having completed the program requirements during all four years of high school.
- 428 students have read all 25 books on the list in a given school year.
- 51 high school seniors have received special recognition from Secretary of State Jesse White for completing the program requirements for four years, by reading all 25 titles each year.
For more information about Read for a Lifetime, please call Bev Kane at 217-524-0050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org..