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

Our 2018 theme Reading Takes You Everywhere is not merely about travel. It is about how, through reading, one can explore, discover, and experience people, places, and things that one would not normally encounter. Exploring this theme includes reading fiction and nonfiction that is reality-based, but it also includes reading stories based purely on imagination.

Patrons will read about life in other dimensions, on other planets, and other times— people, places, and things that might be outside one’s reach or outside one’s comfort zone.

The 2018 iREAD Resource Guide is your blueprint to designing an outstanding summer reading program 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.

This year’s all-star lineup of illustrators have captured the excitement of exploration and new discoveries to be found in books, libraries, our communities, and beyond:

  • Pre-K art by Christian Robinson
  • Children’s art by Terri Murphy
  • Teen art by Gene Ha
  • Adult art by Alexander Hage
  • Plus, an all-ages poster by Kyle F. Anderson

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!