iREAD summer reading programming is developed by librarians for librarians and features activities, graphics, crafts, reading lists, incentives, and much more for children, teens, and adults.

As always with iREAD summer reading there is no membership fee required or time limit imposed. You can use the graphics and programming year-round to support your library!

The theme for iREAD’s 2021 summer reading program is Reading Colors Your World. The broad motif of “colors” provides a context for exploring humanity, nature, culture, and science, as well as developing programming that demonstrates how libraries and reading can expand your world through kindness, growth, and community. Library patrons young and old will be encouraged to be creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity.

The iREAD 2021 Resource Guide and beautiful artwork on the accompanying flash drive will bring this colorful theme to life in your library:

Meet the Illustrators

• Featured art by Oliver Jeffers

• Children’s art by Yuyi Morales

• Teen art by Zach Lehner

• Adult art by Hervé Tullet

View the Public Service Announcement

You have iREAD questions - our iREAD Committee has the answers. During the Illinois Library Association's very first Virtual Annual Conference, the iREAD Committee presents the summer reading theme and program ideas for 2021 "Reading Colors Your World," and looks ahead toward 2022 "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" and 2023 theme development.

iREAD 2021 Program Launch at ILA Virtual Conference

Note: The complimentary copy of the downloadable Resource Guide mentioned in the beginning of this presentation refers to a membership benefit available to Illinois Library Association Institutional Members.  If you have any questions about iREAD or this presentation, please email them to

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.

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!