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Find a Book, Illinois

find a book, Illinois 

Gov. Bruce Rauner, Secretary of State Jesse White and State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith are working together to encourage parents and students to access free online tools designed to promote reading, maintain math skills and inspire summer learning. Find a Book is a fun and easy way to select books based on a child’s Lexile measure and interests. You can use this free search tool to build custom lists for readers at all ability levels, and then locate your selections at the local public library.

There are five easy steps to summertime reading:

  1. Visit
  2. Enter a child's Lexile measure.
    If you do not know the child’s Lexile measure, you can search for books based on his or her comfort with grade-level materials.
  3. Have children pick interest categories.
  4. View and refine the search results.
    As you browse books, click the “Find in a Library” button next to the book titles to check its availability at your public library.
  5. Add books to a child’s reading list.
    You can print or email the child’s custom book list.

Summer Math Challenge 

The Summer Math Challenge is a FREE math skills maintenance program targeted to students who have just completed grade 1 through 8 and is designed to help children retain math skills learned during the previous school year.

From June 18, 2018, through July 27, 2018,  parents who enroll their children in the program will receive daily emails with fun activities and links to educational resources.

There are four easy steps to join the Summer Math Challenge:

  1. To enroll, go to
  2. Click on Find Math Resources to Support Classroom Learning
  3. Click on The Summer Math Challenge 
  4. Check your inbox for daily emails with fun math activities and resources to read about the weekly math concept and earn badges. 

Join the Summer Math Challenge at 

Illinois Reads

Illinois Reads

Illinois Reads is a statewide literacy program launched by the Illinois Reading Council to encourage state residents of all ages to read books by Illinois authors. Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White serves as honorary chair of the Illinois Reading Council program. For more information, including recommended children titles,


Parents and educators are encouraged to participate in iRead, an Illinois Library Association program to develop and iReadprovide high-quality, low-cost resources and products to enable local library staff to promote reading. The program's audience is kindergarten through eighth grade, but may provide supplemental materials for pre-schoolers, teens and adults. Get started at

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