www.illinois.gov

Pat Quinn, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Government
 Business
 Employment
 Education
 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 Travel & Recreation
 About Illinois
 Illinois.gov

Stay Informed

Your Government


Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General


 IGNN: State/All Press Release

ILLINOIS NEWS
The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2001

Ryan Announces the Reading Passport Campaign for Young Readers at the 2001 State Fair

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled the "Reading: A Passport to Your Future" initiative at the 2001 Illinois State Fair. Intended for children ages 10 and under, the program shows children and families that reading can be fun and done anytime-even at the state fair.

"This program is an excellent way for kids to practice their reading skills while enjoying a family day at the fair," Gov. Ryan said. "By encouraging reading in a fun environment, kids will be more likely to enjoy what they read."

The reading passport is a way to tie a number of reading-related state fair activities together to promote the importance of reading to children. Children can pick up their passports at any of seven "ports," located at the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs in the Governor's Tent, Department of Agriculture at Agri-Expo, Department of Natural Resources at Conservation World, Department on Aging at the Illinois Building, the Illinois State Board of Education at Tech Town, the Secretary of State's tent, and the Department of Human Services at the Quality Counts van.

At each port, children will be exposed to reading in some way and receive a stamp on their passport. When they have received at least five stamps, the children can take their passports to the Governor's tent to receive a free book.

The list of books for children to choose from includes:

  • Peek-A-Boo by Roberta Grobel Intrater, for children ages 0-2.

  • Smile by Roberta Grobel Intrater, for children ages 0-2.

  • Babies by Susan Canizares, for children ages 0-2.

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, for children ages 3-6.

  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni, for children ages 4-7.

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, for children ages 4-7.

  • Freight Train by Donald Crews, for children ages 4-7.

  • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats, for children ages 5-8.

  • Dancing with the Indians by Angela Shelf Medearis, for children ages 5-8.

  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, for children ages 5-8.

  • Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant, for children ages 8-12.

  • Puppies in the Pantry by Ben Baglio, for children ages 8-12.

  • If Your Name was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine, for children ages 8-14.

  • MC Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton, for children ages 9-13.

  • The Kid Who Became President by Dan Gutman, for children ages 9-13.

###

News Categories

 State/All
 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Agriculture
 Budget/Fiscal
 Business
 Children/Families
 Culture
 Disabilities
 Economic Development
 Education
 Environment
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 History
 Infrastructure
 Opportunity Returns
 Recovery
 Safety/Security
 Technology
 Tourism/Recreation
 Transportation
 Workforce/Jobs

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement

Features

Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2014 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us