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Friday, July 9, 2010

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Participation in Commissioner's Summer Reading Adventure Soars

~ Floridians flock to online summer reading resource “Find a Book” to select books that meet their unique reading abilities and interests ~

TALLAHASSEE – Following the May announcement of “Find a Book” as part of the Commissioner’s Summer Reading Adventure, scores of avid Florida readers have used the free search tool to choose books that best match their interests and reading abilities. This popular online resource, located at www.lexile.com/findabook, utilizes Lexile® measures, or text complexity, as well as specific interests of users to make it easier for students and families to select their favorite books and then locate these selections at the local public libraries.

“I’m excited to see so many of our students and parents using this valuable online resource and incorporating reading into their summer activities,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith “By making it easier to select and locate the books our children will love, we increase the chances that they will make reading a cherished hobby and build the lifelong skills they need to be successful.”

Although “Find a Book” is used by many states, in the month following the announcement of the Commissioner’s Summer Reading Adventure, Florida topped all states with more than 21,200 unique visits, averaging nearly nine minutes in the book search.

“Injecting a healthy dose of reading into a child’s summer months is a fantastic way to help them maintain and grow their literacy skills,” said Just Read, Florida! Executive Director Stuart Greenberg. “The “Find a Book” tool excels in helping families achieve this goal by zeroing in on a student’s interests and reading abilities to keep them engrossed in a book even when that summer blockbuster might try to steal their attention.”

The Commissioner’s Summer Reading Adventure was launched May 25, 2010, as a joint partnership between the Florida Departments of Education, State and Lexile-developer MetaMetrics®. Studies have consistently shown that students who read throughout the year are better able to retain their knowledge and continue to learn. “Find a Book” promotes the retention and growth of students’ reading skills during the summer break and throughout the school year.

For more information about “Find a Book,” visit www.fldoe.org or www.lexile.com/findabook.