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Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Laurel Snyder’s Book “Any Which Wall” Featured as Next Literacy League Book Selection

~ Schools eligible to receive a free copy of the book while supplies last ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education today announced that Laurel Snyder’s book “Any Which Wall” has been chosen as the next Literacy League book club selection. To help promote the new selection, publishing company Random House Children’s Books has agreed to donate a limited quantity of the popular story to share with classrooms across Florida.

“Laurel’s enthusiasm and humorous personality is the perfect fit for the Literacy League book club and is sure to enhance any reader’s adventurous spirit,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “I can’t wait to see what questions our students will develop as they study this story for book club, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity for our students to share their love of reading.”

The Atlanta-based author has also penned the books “Penny Dreadful” and “Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains.” In addition to her books for children, Snyder has written two books of poems, “Daphne & Jim: a choose-your-own-adventure biography in verse” and “The Myth of the Simple Machines.” She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Michener-Engle Fellow. She has also published work in the Utne Reader, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Revealer, Salon, The Iowa Review and American Letters and Commentary.

"As a kid, I was obsessed with books and authors. I wrote letters to my favorite authors in my diary, had conversations with them in my head. I felt like they knew me, and I knew them,” said Snyder. “It's incredibly exciting to me that now that I'm an author I really can know my readers. I'd like to think that the closeness technology provides us might help my readers feel like they can be writers too.”

Each quarter, the Department’s Literacy League book club will connect prominent authors with Florida students through a podcast question-and-answer session about a featured book. This is the second book selection since the Literacy League’s inception in January. Students have until May 13th to submit their questions for inclusion in the podcast.

The Literacy League podcast is available on iTunes U, which provides free multimedia content to schools, parents, students, administrators and teachers both in Florida and around the world. As part of the iTunes Store, iTunes U offers free education content and provides access to audio, video and text files that are designed to enhance when and where individuals learn.

Schools interested in obtaining a free copy of the book “Any Which Wall” are encouraged to e-mail . Supplies are limited, so these books are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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