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It's summer break. Don't forget to read



Boy-reading-book-outside Enjoy the outdoors, too.


To celebrate the last day of school, the Department of Education has published its annual summer reading list. This time, it's promoting books that focus on Florida nature and the environment -- which, by the way, is a perfect place to sit and read. With a glass of lemonade. And lots of bug spray.

But enough of that digression.

The reading list suggests titles for children of all ages. And it comes with the reminder that children who read during the summer are more likely to retain their academic skills than those who don't. Among the possibilities:

  • Grades K-3: Pancakes for Breakfast, Tommie DePaola. Visit De Leon Springs State Park in De Leon Springs where you can make your own pancakes at the table.
  • Grades 4-5: The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich. Visit Collier-Seminole State Park in Naples on the edge of the Everglades rich with Native American history.
  • Grades 6-8: Forever Forest, Kristin Joy-Pratt Serafini. Visit Homossassa Springs Wildlife State Park to learn about protection and conservation of Florida wildlife.
  • Grades 9-12: Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place, Sudye Cauthen. Visit Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Florida´s first state preserve and a National Natural Landmark.
Personal favorites on the list? Carl Hiaasen's Hoot and Flush. Anything by Carl Hiaasen, actually. But those are his kid-friendly books. Check them out. Read with your kid. It's only summer.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:07am]


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