Read for a Lifetime

Given by Illinois Center for the Book

175 Works 614,451 Books 19,974 Reviews 4.1

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

show more 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.

Program Information

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 the Secretary of State and State Librarian.

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. show less

Years:
All, 2024 (25), 2023 (25), 2022 (25), 2021 (25), 2020 (25), 2019 (25), 2018 (25)
WorkYear
Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed
2024
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
2024
Promise Boys by Nick Brooks
2024
After Dark with Roxie Clark by Brooke Lauren Davis
2024
Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American by Laura Gao
2024
The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow
2024
They'll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman
2024
The Davenports by Krystal Marquis
2024
We Are All So Good at Smiling by Amber McBride
2024
Nothing More to Tell by Karen M. McManus
2024
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
2024
Hide: The Graphic Novel by Scott Peterson
2024
Ain't Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds
2024
Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards
2024
Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
2024
Man-Made Monsters: Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers
2024
Asylum by Madeleine Roux
2024
Roxy by Neal Shusterman
2024
Victory. Stand! Raising My Fist for Justice by Tommie Smith
2024
Chaos Theory by Nic Stone
2024
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
2024
Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood by Dawn Turner
2024
Parachutes by Kelly Yang
2024
Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
2024
Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora
2024
Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
2023
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
2023
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
2023
Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
2023
Kneel by Candace Buford
2023
Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert
2023
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
2023
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody
2023
Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman
2023
Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
2023
Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks
2023
White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
2023
Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
2023
Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
2023
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
2023
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
2023
If You're Reading This by Trent Reedy
2023
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
2023
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
2023
We Are Not from Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
2023
These Deadly Games by Diana Urban
2023
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
2023
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo
2023
In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner
2023
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
2023
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
2022
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
2022
Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf
2022
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
2022
Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
2022
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
2022
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
2022
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
2022
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield
2022
Displacement by Kiku Hughes
2022
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
2022
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
2022
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
2022
All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson
2022
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
2022
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
2022
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
2022
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
2022
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
2022
Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
2022
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
2022
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
2022
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
2022
The Assignment by Liza Wiemer
2022
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
2022
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
2021
Internment by Samira Ahmed
2021
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
2021
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
2021
Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
2021
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
2021
I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib
2021
Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
2021
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
2021
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
2021
Dig by A. S. King
2021
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
2021
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
2021
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
2021
Circe by Madeline Miller
2021
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
2021
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
2021
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
2021
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
2021
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
2021
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
2021
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
2021
Jackpot by Nic Stone
2021
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
2021
The Haunted by Danielle Vega
2021
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
2020
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
2020
Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
2020
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
2020
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli
2020
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich
2020
Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Ari Folman
2020
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
2020
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
2020
Refugee by Alan Gratz
2020
We Regret to Inform You:An Overachiever's Guide to College Rejection by Ariel Kaplan
2020
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman
2020
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
2020
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
2020
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
2020
Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton
2020
Becoming by Michelle Obama
2020
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
2020
Dry by Neal Shusterman
2020
Sadie by Courtney Summers
2020
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
2020
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
2020
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
2020
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
2020
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
2020
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
2019
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
2019
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
2019
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy
2019
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
2019
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
2019
Gone by Michael Grant
2019
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
2019
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
2019
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
2019
Warcross by Marie Lu
2019
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
2019
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
2019
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
2019
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
2019
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
2019
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
2019
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
2019
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
2019
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
2019
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
2019
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan
2019
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
2019
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
2019
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
2019
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
2018
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
2018
The Reader by Traci Chee
2018
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
2018
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
2018
Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz
2018
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
2018
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
2018
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
2018
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
2018
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
2018
1984 by George Orwell
2018
This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
2018
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
2018
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
2018
Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg
2018
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
2018
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
2018
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
2018
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
2018
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
2018
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
2018
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
2018
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
2018
The Shack by William P. Young
2018

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