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Monday, June 9, 2008

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Just Read, Florida! Announces Summer Reading List
~ African-American and Hispanic students show greatest increases in reading and math ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education today announced the 2008 Just Read, Florida! Recommended Summer Reading List. The 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 holiday breaks and vacations risk losing progress made during the school year.

“The Just Read, Florida! Recommended Summer Reading List is a wonderful opportunity for students to practice their reading skills during the summer while cultivating a love of reading independent of the classroom,” said Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith. “Children who continue to read during the summer months are more successful in maintaining learning gains made during the previous school year and enter the new school year more prepared.”

To view the Just Read, Florida! Recommended Summer Reading List visit, http://www.justreadflorida.com/docs/Summer2008ReadingList.pdf. The Web 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! encourages schools, community groups and volunteer organizations to make reading a priority for Florida students during the summer months. Their recommendations are based on the latest reading research, which emphasizes phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. For more information about Just Read, Florida! visit www.justreadflorida.com.