Storybook Project

The Storybook Project

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ (LSSI’s) Storybook Project helps keep incarcerated parents and their children connected. With the help of volunteers, an incarcerated parent selects a book and makes a recording of him- or herself reading that book to her or his child. The recording and book are then sent to the child. Parents may also record a brief, personal message, a song, or a Bible verse for their child. Annually, more than 16 federal, state and county correctional facilities host Storybook Project events either quarterly, eight times a year or monthly. New volunteers are always welcome.

Fast Facts about Storybook

  • Storybook is celebrating 15 years of service to the incarcerated moms and dads in Illinois!
  • Over 50,000 children have received books and recordings from their incarcerated parent through Storybook Project since 1997.
  • Currently more than 5,000 children each year benefit from their mother’s or father’s involvement in Storybook Project.
  • More than 150 volunteers from 40+ churches statewide assist in the recording of the books.
  • Storybook Project depends on 100 churches, community groups and individuals for donations of books and supplies and money to pay the postage.
  • Storybook was awarded “Volunteer Program” of the year at Logan Correctional Center (CC) in 2007 and at Southwestern Illinois CC in 2008. In 2008, Storybook was named “Most Versatile Program” at Decatur CC.

Learn More

Phone: 217/371-1633 (Springfield)
E-mail: Gail.Beard@LSSI.org