iREAD summer reading programming includes activities, graphics, crafts, reading lists, incentives, and much more for children, teens, and adults.

The benefits of summer reading are clear. National research finds that students who participate in library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate. The iREAD mission is to provide libraries with the tools to bridge this summer gap, while inspiring literacy and life-long learning.

Over the past thirty years, iREAD has grown into a leader of summer reading program development, providing libraries, large and small, with all of the resources they need to promote, launch, and execute great reading programs.

The 2017 iREAD Resource Guide is your blueprint to designing an outstanding summer reading for any library. Ideas ranging across all age groups in decorations, programming, resources, and implementation strategies are bursting through out the guide.

The artwork accompanying the guide, which is yours to use in any way your library can imagine, defies expectations. Nationally known author/illustrator Mike Curato created a stunning poster and spot art featuring the loveable Little Elliot, his friend Mouse, and many architectural wonders of the world. Nick Dragotta of Howtoons draws in diversity with his elementary age poster of pint-sized inventors. Chicago native graffiti artist, James Spurgeon, created a bright and colorful poster that will pull in the teens. Another Chicago artist/photographer, Russell McGonagle, shot an exclusive architectural alphabet for iREAD, manufacturing a poster that can encompass several age groups while being sophisticated for adult reading programs.

As a coordinated, self-supporting effort developed by the Illinois Library Association and librarians, every purchase from iREAD helps to promote and assist the great work of libraries.

Thank you for supporting iREAD!