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Thursday, December 18, 2008

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(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Announces Holiday Reading List

~ 2008 Seasonís Readings encourages children to enjoy the gift of literacy ~

TALLAHASSEE Ė Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith encourages Florida families to share the gift of reading during the holidays by visiting the 2008 Just Read, Florida! Recommended Holiday Reading List. The list includes a wide variety of interesting books, each with a holiday theme that will spark the interest, imagination and love of reading for people of all ages.

The gift of literacy is a wonderful way to keep children engaged in learning while they are away from school. Research suggests that students who continue to read while on holiday breaks and vacations maintain their academic progress made during the school year.

To access the 2008 Department of Educationís Recommended Holiday Reading List, visit http://www.justreadfamilies.org/. 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 their children.

The Department of Education makes reading a priority in Florida's public schools and the community groups and volunteer organizations that support them. For more information about the Department of Educationís Just Read Florida Office, please visit http://www.justreadflorida.com/.