Illinois Reading Council Conference September 29-October 1-Peoria, IL

Thousands of literacy advocates, educators, and researchers will gather from September 29-October 1, 2016 for the 49th Annual IRC Conference, Reading:  Unlocking Opportunities, at the Peoria Civic Center and Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.

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Illinois Reads!

Under the auspices of the Illinois Reading Council, ILLINOIS READS will be a yearly statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens.  Beginning with read aloud books for babies, 6 books will be selected for each additional age band through adult readers.  A variety of topics and themes will be chosen for each age band.  The work of Illinois authors will be especially highlighted.  There will be a mix of hard covers and paperbacks, with several Spanish-language titles and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related books and the work of Illinois authors will be especially highlighted. 

Working with the Illinois State Library, State Librarian, Jesse White, is the Honorary Chair.   Lt. Governor Simon also introduced the project at its kick-off event at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois on March 13, 2013.  The Illinois Reads eight-month campaign will focus on reading at home and in the classroom when classes resume next fall.  Illinois Reads will also emphasize summer reading as a way to not only bring the family closer together but also to combat what is known as “summer learning loss” in children.  Residents from Rockford to Carbondale and from Quincy to Danville will be able to partake in Family Literacy Nights sponsored by their local IRC chapters.

As part of Illinois Reads, which will culminate in a statewide celebration of literacy during Secretary White’s Family Reading Night on November 21, classrooms, public and school libraries, community groups, and community bookstores throughout the state will feature the titles of 35 books in six separate age groupings.  Please watch the Illinois Reads website for more information to be posted or consider becoming an Illinois Reads Ambassador today!  

Birth to 4

148_LoriDegmanbook 172_nikolalisabook2 165_SherriDuskeyRinkerbook 169_nikolalisabook1 157_ScottGustafsonbook 175_EricRohmannbook 170_EstherHershenhornbook

Grades K-2

157_CherylBardoeBook 171_MatthewCordellbook 160_CarolynCrimibook 142_PatriciaMurphybook 154_MarleneBrillbook 154_AaronReynoldsbook

Grades 3-5

132_Andrea_Beaty_book 139_AndrewClementsbook1 134_Mike_Venezia_book 136_Candace_Fleming_book 132_Sally_Walker_book 150_Tom_Lichenheld_book

Grades 6-8

135_Blue_Balliett_Book 142_TMGoeglein_book 133_Joan_Bauer_Book 142_HarrietteGillemRobinetBook 140_KatFallsBook 136_Adam_Selzer_book

Grades 9-12

139_Simone_Elkeles_book 142_Veronica_Roth_book 143_John_Green_book 138_MawiAsgedombook 148_FernChapmanbook 141_Julie_Halpern_book


139_Luis_Urrea_Book 141_David_Finch_book 131_Gillian_Flynn_book 138_Emily_Giffin_book 132_Gary_Moore_Book