With summer vacation just around the corner, and students composing their summer lists of places to go and things to do, Florida is hoping its new initiative will make reading an essential part of that list. As Tallahassee.com reports, this week students saw the launch of the 2011 Summer Literacy Adventure program which is designed to encourage reading over the summer months, is backed by the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Department of State, and the first lady, Ann Scott.
We’ve written extensively on the importance of combating the learning loss that occurs each summer, which is why we applauded Florida’s success with last year’s Summer Reading Adventure Program. This year, with the first lady’s encouragement, students are being asked to make a pledge to read over the summer and commit to the number of books they will finish. “The initiative also urges students to visit their local library, and to use the website Lexile.com to identify books that might be on interest to them.”
To use Find a Book, students simply enter their Lexile measure and select their interests from the categories provided. Find a Book will then generate a reading list for students targeted to both their reading level and area of interest. Click here to access the Lexile Find a Book site.