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May 15, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Winn Announces Just Read, Florida! K-12 Recommended Summer Reading List

TALLAHASSEE — Commissioner John L. Winn today urged Florida families to share the gift of reading during the summer break by visiting the Just Read, Families! website for a list of recommended books. Research indicates that children who do not continue to read while on vacation risk losing any progress made during the school year.

"Florida leads the nation in rising student achievement, showing our focus on reading is working," said Commissioner Winn. "By reading together as a family, parents will help children to continue to make progress. This reading list provides excellent suggestions to bolster a child's love of reading and enrich those long summer days and nights."

The Just Read, Families! suggested reading list can be found at The site offers parents the tools they need to nurture a reading-friendly environment at home during the break. Resources include links to county and municipal public libraries, tips for parents on reading with children and a list of recommended books for each grade level.

Just Read, Florida! makes reading a priority in Florida's public schools and among the community groups and volunteer organizations that support them. It is based on the latest reading research, which includes emphasis on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. For more information about Just Read, Florida! visit