I have exciting news to share! My new picture book, The Superlative A. Lincoln: Poems About Our 16th President, has been named an Illinois Reads title for the coming year. What does that mean? The Illinois Reads initiative, sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council (IRC) celebrates books and reading throughout the Land of Lincoln. Each year, the program offers a new list of books at six different age levels. ILLINOIS READS kicks off in March with a Book Fesitval from 10 am – 2 pm. this year’s event will be in Ogelsby at Illinois Valley Community College on March 14th.

Titles in the Grades 3-5 age range include:
The Superlative A. Lincoln: Poems About Our 16th President
Capeā€”The League of Secret Heroes, Book One by Kate Hannigan
Captain Superlative! by J.S. Puller
The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie
Time Castaways #1: The Mona Lisa Key by Liesl Shurtliff
Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi

Illinois Reads selections will be included on posters and bookmarks shared with their member list of over 3000 reading ambassadors, public libraries, and schools throughout the state. The celebration concludes with the IRC conference in October and Family Reading Night in November each year.

Of course, my new book is a PERFECT fit for this important Land of Lincoln reading initiative! HOORAY!