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“ILLINOIS READS” Project Announces 2017 Book Selections

Illinois Reading Council

Normal,Illinois (PR MediaRelease) December 6, 2016

With the formal launch of the 2017 Illinois Reads initiative a matter of months away, the Illinois Reading Council and Illinois Reads Honorary Chairman, Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, have announced the book titles for the 2017 “ILLINOIS READS” initiative.

A statewide project promoting reading for Illinois citizens, Illinois Reads annually selects six books in each of six different age categories ranging from read-to books for infants to adult readers.  A variety of topics and themes are chosen for each age group, with an emphasis on selections written by authors with ties to Illinois.

The “ILLINOIS READS” book selections for 2017 are:


Birth – 4 Years

Wish – Mathew Cordell

Silly Wonderful You – Sherri Duskey Rinker

Daylight, Starlight Wildlife – Wendell Minor

When Elephant Met Giraffe – Paul Gude

Bulldozer’s Big Day – Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

Baby Loves Quarks! (Board Book) – Ruth Spiro



Gandhi: A March to the Sea – Alice  McGinty –

Drawbridges Open and Close – Patrick McBriarty

Ava the Monster Slayer – Lisa Maggiore

Ada Twist, Scientist – Andrea Beaty

I Wish You More – Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The Inventor’s Secret:  What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford – Suzanne Slade



Zoo At the Edge of the World – Eric Kahn Gale

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel – Janet Nolan

Tiny Titans Series – Art Baltazar

Reading with Pictures:  Comics That Make Kids Smarter – Josh Elder

Cup Cake Cousins (Books 1 & 2) – Kate Hannigan

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet – Nancy J. Cavanaugh



The Best Man – Richard Peck

Nightfall – Peter Kujawinski

Codename Zero – Chris Rylander

The Eye of Midnight- Andrew Brumbach

Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics– Kathryn J. Atwood

I Am Drums – Mike Grosso



Pig Park – Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries – From Joan of Arc to Malcom X – Jeff Fleischer

Lagoon – Nnedi Okorafor

Phantom Limbs – Paula Garner

Playlist for the Dead – Michelle Falkoff

Play Me Backwards – Adam Selzer



Hamilton: The Revolution – Jeremy McCarter (co-writer)

The Bollywood Bride – Sonali Dev

The Book of Unknown Americans – Cristina Henriquez

Don’t You Cry – Mary Kubica

By the Numbers – Jen Lancaster

Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence and Identity – Alison Flowers


Booklists for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 can be found on the ILLINOIS READS’ web site:

The official launch of the 2017 ILLINOIS READS campaign will be in Wilmington at Wilmington Middle School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 11.  Invited guests include Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, 36 Illinois authors and illustrators, and readers from all over the state of Illinois.

Under the auspices of the Illinois Reading Council, ILLINOIS READS is a yearly statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens. Beginning with read aloud books for babies, 6 books will be selected for each additional age band through adult readers. A variety of topics and themes will be chosen for each age band. The work of Illinois authors will be especially highlighted. There will be a mix of hard covers and paperbacks, with several Spanish-language titles and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related books and the work of Illinois authors will be especially highlighted.

Tammy Pots
Illinois Reading Council
ILLINOIS READS Committee Chair

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