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Illinois Reads receives prestigious Commendation award from the AASL

Normal,Illinois (PR MediaRelease) November 7, 2018

Illinois Reads, the state’s largest reading encouragement program, received a prestigious Commendation award from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Nov. 2 during the Association of Illinois School Library Educators conference in Tinley Park.

Given annually by the AASL and its parent organization, the American Library Association, commendation awards honor “outstanding programs and events deserving of recognition at the national level.”

“Illinois Reads has been well received by all of the communities it has visited and by the authors and illustrators involved,” according to a spokesperson for the AASL.
“This commendation belongs to the many readers of all ages and the hundreds of Illinois Reading Council (IRC) volunteers across the state who have contributed to the success of Illinois Reads these past six years,” said Illinois Reads founder and IRC Past President Tammy Potts. “We are deeply grateful to both the state and the national library educator associations for their recognition of what we believe is one of the finest statewide reading programs in the country.”

Every year Illinois Reads recommends six books in each of six different age categories ranging from infant to adult, which are written by authors with ties to Illinois. With support from the IRC, The Illinois Center for the Book, Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, the Illinois State Library, the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program, Illinois legislators, Regional and local school administrators, the Boy and Girl Scouts, Rotary, university students, and public and private school teachers, Anderson’s Book Shops, the Illinois Reads campaign spans eight months beginning with a springtime festival and ending with the Illinois State Library’s Family Reading Night in November.

The 2019 Illinois Reads Book Festival will take place Saturday, March 16, at the Brookside Campus of Waukegan High School. The 36 selections for 2019 will be announced later this month.

Illinois Reads is sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council, a nonprofit organization with close to 4,000 members across the State of Illinois. The mission of the Illinois Reading Council is to provide support and leadership to all who promote and teach lifelong literacy.

More information is available at

Photo caption: Mary Morgan-Ryan (left), President of the Association of Illinois School Librarian Educators, presents the Certificate of Commendation award to the Illinois Reading Council’s Tammy Potts, chairperson of Illinois Reads

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


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