Florida Helping Students Find the Right Books Year-Round

This school year, the Florida Department of Education wants all students to read more. Building on the success of adding “Find a Book” to its recent summer reading program, Florida students again are being encouraged to use the free search utility to help them match up with exciting books based on their own interests and reading ability.

According to Florida Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Eric Smith, “…reading can help students explore exciting realms from the comfort of their homes or public libraries. Our partnership with the Department of State and MetaMetrics® to utilize the ‘Find a Book’ tool allows us to use students’ interests as the catalyst to take reading beyond the classroom walls and into their daily lives.”

Florida residents did just that this past summer. Since the Florida Department of Education adopted “Find a Book” to help fuel the “Commissioner’s Summer Reading Adventure,” Florida led all other states in book search activity, scoring over 40,000 unique visits to the site and averaging nearly 10 minutes per session.

As Florida students head back to school this month, the Florida Department of Education is hoping to maintain this momentum by encouraging all students to continue using the search utility—now dubbed “Find a Book, Florida”—to build their own reading lists on their favorite topics or school assignments. Based on Lexile measures, “Find a Book, Florida” makes it easier for students to select books that best complement their reading ability and goals, and then locate their selections at the local public library.

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