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.
- 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).
- 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.
Create a Final Report that includes:Submitter:
- Name and Title
- Organization, if necessary
- Email Address and Daytime Phone
- Grade Level
- Book Titles Read
Please make note of all seniors participating for the fourth consecutive year, and all seniors reading all 25 titles each year. Also, identify students reading approved substituted titles.
Illinois Center for the Book
Illinois State Library
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 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 217-524-8836 or 800-665-5576 ext. 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.