Read for a Lifetime

                   

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.

  • Students who would like to participate must register with Mrs. DeSoto by November 14th.

  • All books must be read and reported to Mrs. DeSoto by April 12th.

Program Statistics

  • 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.

2018-2019 Booklist

Information gathered from Illinois Center for the Book.