Read for a Lifetime

Read for a Lifetime is a program sponsored by the Secretary of State and State Librarian and the Illinois State Library.

Read for a Lifetime is the first statewide reading program to target high school students.  The primary goal of the program is to promote the enjoyment of reading, by encouraging students to read both classic and contemporary literature, and rewarding them for their effort.

Hopefully, by participating in Read for a Lifetime, students will 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. The list represents a mixture of classic and contemporary literature.  Each student who reads at least four titles from the list during the school year receives a certificate of achievement sign by Secretary of State Jesse White.

The complete list of titles to choose from is available here. All are available for checkout at both the TFS Library and the Lansing Library.

Have you finished four books from the list? Fill out this form by April 1, 2022 to complete the program!


Trailers for titles:

Moxie (movie trailer)

Downstairs Girl (fan made)

Clap When you Land (official)

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (fan made)

Good Girl's Guide to Murder (fan made)

Dragon Hoops (official)

Dear Justyce (official)

Concrete Rose (official)

Grown (author speaks)