Summer Literacy Adventure

Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott and the Florida Department of Education have partnered with the Florida Lottery and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to announce the 2016 Summer Literacy Adventure.

The 2016 Summer Literacy Adventure is geared to help children stay on target, motivated and excited about reading and literacy.  During summer vacation, it is important for students of all ages and reading levels to spend time reading and writing on a regular basis.

To make reading even more exciting, students are challenged to pledge to read as many books as possible throughout the summer break.  Each student can fill out his or her pledge on the Just Read, Florida! website at Summer Literacy Pledge

Literacy experts and educators agree that children of all ages need to be read to, read by themselves and talk about the books they have read during the summer.  Student’s summer reading and book discussions will help maintain reading skills, improve reading fluency and provide the opportunity to learn new vocabulary and concepts.  Most importantly, when parents and children enjoy summer reading together, children develop a love of books and reading that lasts a lifetime.  According to research by Richard Allington (2007) by the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, summer reading loss has accumulated to a two‐year lag in reading achievement.  Researchers also conclude that two‐thirds of the ninth‐grade reading achievement gap can be explained by summer learning loss.

Following the summer break, the top 10 schools with the highest percentage of participation will be recognized.  The school whose students read the most books will receive a surprise visit from First Lady Ann Scott.

2016 Summer Literacy Adventure Suggestions and Resources