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2024 Illinois Reads book list


The Illinois Reading Council (IRC) has released the list of Illinois Reads books for 2024. Illinois Reads is a statewide program that promotes reading for all Illinois citizens. The program promotes six books in six different age bands by authors and illustrators who have ties to Illinois. The books range from read-to books for infants to books for adult readers. Bookmarks and posters highlighting the Illinois Reads books will be available in early 2024. Order early, as supplies are limited!

The 2024 Illinois Reads Program will be featured at the Illinois Reads Book Festival at Westmont High School on Feb. 3, 2024. Readers throughout Illinois are invited to this free event. The Illinois Reads Program will also be featured at the annual IRC Conference in Springfield on March 14-15, 2024. Conference registration is now open for educators, librarians, and others interested in promoting literacy. Visit our websites to find out about other upcoming Illinois Reads events.

The Illinois Reads book selections for 2024 are listed below.

“My Hair Is Like the Sun,” by St. Clair Detrick-Jules and illustrated by Tabitha Brown
“Mine!” by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann
“No Fair!,” by Jacob Grant
“You Are New,” by Lucy Knisley
“A Book About You and All the World Too,” by Jean Reidy
“Ethan and the Strays,” by John Sullivan

“Lila Greer, Teacher of the Year,” by Andrea Beaty
“3×4: TOON Level 1,” by Ivan Brunetti
“The New Bicycle,” by Darcy Day Zoells
“Not a Monster,” by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez
“You Are a Story,” by Bob Raczka
“How to Explain Coding to a Grown-Up,” by Ruth Spiro

“Cornbread & Poppy at the Museum,” by Matthew Cordell
“The Enchanted Bridge,” by Zetta Elliott
“Etta Invincible,” by Reese Eschmann
“Josephine and Her Dishwashing Machine,” by Kate Hannigan
“Mayor Good Boy Turns Bad,” by Dave Scheidt and Miranda Harmon
“The Stupendous Switcheroo: New Powers Every 24 Hours,” by Mary Winn Heider and Chad Sell

“The Bravest Warrior in Nefaria,” by Adi Alsaid
“It Found Us,” by Lindsay Currie
“Restoring Prairie, Woods, and Pond: How a Small Trail Can Make a Big Difference,” by Laurie Lawlor
“Lo & Behold,” by Wendy Mass and illustrated by Gabi Mendez
“World Made of Glass,” by Ami Polonsky
“The Lost Ryū,” by Emi Watanabe Cohen

“Messenger: The Legend of Muhammad Ali,” by Marc Bernardin
“Wolfpack: A Novel,” by Amelia Brunskill
“Saint Juniper’s Folly,” by Alex Crespo
“Whalefall: A Novel,” by Daniel Kraus
“Graceland Cemetery: Chicago Stories, Symbols, and Secrets,” by Adam Selzer
“If I Have To Be Haunted,” by Miranda Sun

“Good Night, Irene: A Novel,” by Luis Alberto Urrea
“A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the
Killers Who Used Them,” by Neil Bradbury, Ph.D.Z
“King: A Life,” by Jonathan Eig
“I Have Some Questions for You: A Novel,” by Rebecca Makkai
“Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories,” by Audrey Niffenegger
“On Rotation: A Novel,” by Shirlene Obuobi

Illinois Reads is a statewide literacy program provided by the Illinois Reading Council, a nonprofit organization with close to 2,000 members across Illinois. The mission of the Illinois Reading Council is to provide support and leadership to all who promote and teach lifelong literacy. Book lists from 2013 to 2024 may be found on the Illinois Reads website. For more information, visit our websites at www.IllinoisReads.org and www.IllinoisReadingCouncil.org.


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