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PRESS RELEASE

November 20, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Blomberg Announces Just Read, Florida! Recommended Holiday Reading List

TALLAHASSEE Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg encourages Florida families to share the gift of reading during the holidays by visiting the 2007 Just Read, Florida! Recommended Holiday Reading List. Research indicates that children who do not continue to read while on holiday breaks and vacations risk losing progress made during the school year.

The Just Read, Florida! Recommended Holiday Reading List can be found by visiting www.justreadfamilies.org/holidays/reading.asp. This recommended reading list provides an excellent source of suggested books, by grade level, for children of all ages and will provide families numerous opportunities to enjoy reading together during the holidays. The Web site also offers parents the tools they need to nurture a reading-friendly environment at home. Resources available online include links to county and municipal public libraries, and tips for parents on reading with children.

Just Read, Florida! makes reading a priority in Florida's public schools and the community groups and volunteer organizations that support them. For more information about Just Read, Florida! please visit www.justreadflorida.com.