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June 1, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Blomberg Announces Just Read, Families! K-12 Recommended Summer Reading List

TALLAHASSEE – Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg today announced the Just Read, Families! Recommended Summer Reading List. The reading list encourages students to continue their reading efforts during the summer vacation months. Research indicates that children who do not continue to read while on vacation risk losing progress made during the school year.

“Florida’s Recommended Summer Reading List provides families with a variety of reading options, ensuring children will receive the practice they need during the summer months,” said Commissioner Blomberg. “This reading list provides excellent suggestions to further strengthen a child’s love of reading, while providing parents an opportunity to help their child as they continue to learn.”

The Just Read, Families! suggested reading list can be found at www.justreadfamilies.org. 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 www.justreadflorida.com.