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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Literacy League Author Series Now Available on iTunes U

~ Middle school students delve into the mind of award-winning author Julianna Baggott in the inaugural program ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education’s first Literacy League book club download is now available on iTunes U. The flagship program features author Julianna Baggott, under the pen name N.E. Bode, answering questions from Florida middle school students about her book, “The Anybodies,” as well as detailing her background as an author.

“I’m very impressed with the caliber of questions from our students for the first Literacy League program,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “This format has spurred conversations about the popular book series across the state, and I’m thrilled so many students were able to use technology to interact with a renowned author to further their love of reading.”

Elaina Chason from William J. Montford Middle School in Leon County hosted the first Literacy League program with Ms. Baggott where she learned how the characters were created for the book, and the idea behind the story. Students in grades six through eight from across the state recorded and wrote questions for Ms. Baggott to answer for the video program.

“As a huge ‘Anybodies’ fan, this was very exciting for me to ask my question and the questions of other students to Ms. Baggott,” said student Elaina Chason. “By understanding the answers to the many questions students from across the state had, I'm looking forward to reading the book again with this new knowledge.”

Each quarter, the Department’s Literacy League book club will connect prominent authors with students through a question-and-answer session about a featured book. The club’s next book selection will be announced later this week.

The Literacy League is housed on iTunes U, which provides free educational audio and video content to students, teachers and learners of all types in Florida and around the world.

To view the first-ever Literacy League program, visit www.floridaitunesu.com. For more information about the Department of Education’s Literacy League, visit www.fldoe.org/literacyleague.