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Southern ILLINOIS READS Book Festival To Be Held At DuQuoin High School, March 10

ILLINOIS READS will be presenting their Southern ILLINOIS READS Book Festival at DuQuoin High School in the gymnasium on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The book festival is a free event and it will feature presentations and autographs from authors, scavenger hunts, crafts, a book store and more!
Some of the authors doing signings and presentations include: Jennifer Ward, Jacob Grant, Miriam Bush and Larry Day, Stacey Previn, Deborah Ruddell, Josh Schneider, Jeffrey Michael Ruby, Michelle Schaub, Keir Graff, Michele Weber Hurwitz, Peter Kujawinski, Natasha Tarpley, Kat Helgeson, Michael Tackett and Aaron Reynolds.
ILLINOIS READS is 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.


This year’s books include:

Birth to 4 Years:

Cat Knit, Jacob Grant; Go-Go Gorillas, Julia Durango; Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear, Jennifer Ward; Raisin, the Littlest Cow, Miriam Busch and Larry Day (illustrator); Baby Loves Thermodynamics!, Ruth Spiro; Aberdeen, Stacey Previn

Grades K-2:

The Popcorn Astronauts: And Other Biteable Rhymes, Deborah Ruddell; When Penny Met POTUS, Rachel Ruiz; Everybody Sleeps (But not Fred), Josh Schneider; Creepy Pair of Underwear, Aaron Reynolds; The Skin You Live In, Michael Tyler and David Lee Csicsko (illustrator); The Golden Rule, Ilene Cooper

Grades 3-5:

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor, Robert Burleigh; Penelope March is Melting, Jeffrey Michael Ruby Red, Liesl Shurtliff; Margaret and the Moon, Lucy Knisley (illustrator); Fresh Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market, Michelle Schaub; The Matchstick Castle, Keir Graff

Grades 6-8:

Ethan Marcus Stands Up, Michele Weber Hurwitz; YORK: The Shadow Cipher, Laura Ruby; Edgeland, Peter Kujawinski; The Thing About Luck, Cynthia Kadohata; The Harlem Charade, Natasha Tarpley; Sinking the Sultana: A Civil War Story of; Imprisonment, Greed, and a Doomed Journey Home, Sally M. Walker

Grades 9-12:

Gracefully Grayson, Ami Polonsky; Dividing Eden, Joelle Charbonneau; Say No to the Bro, Kat Helgeson; Other Broken Things, C. Desir; Flip the Bird, Kym Brunner; The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams, Michael Tackett


The Mirror Thief, Martin Seay; Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, Kathleen Rooney; The Chicago Way, Michael Harvey; Sisi: Empress on Her Own, Allison Pataki; Church of Marvels, Leslie Parry; Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System, Jack Gilbert, PhD
For more information on ILLINOIS READS, plus book lists from past years, visit

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