Children reading in a park.

2018 Summer Literacy Adventure

School is out and students have entered into the realm of happiness that is summer vacation. What goes great with a nice long vacation? How about a visit to a state park along with a few good books!

Every year, First Lady Ann Scott and the Florida Department of Education partner with the Florida Lottery and the Department of Environmental Protection to kick of the Summer Literacy Adventure. This initiative encourages schools, students and parents to visit one of Florida’s magnificent state parks while maintaining reading skills during the summer months.


Why is summer reading important?

The Summer Literacy Adventure helps keep Florida students excited about reading and literacy when they’re away from school. Research shows that children who do not continue reading through the summer can lose a month or more of progress made during the school year. By encouraging their children to read, parents play an important role in ensuring every child reads at or above grade level.

Summer reading encourages students to read about what appeals to them. This builds an interest in reading while also developing good reading habits. And, most schools provide a summer reading list to give students a head start on the upcoming school year. Check with your child’s teacher or your school district’s website for more information.


Take the pledge.

Are you up for the challenge? Visit the Summer Literacy Adventure website to sign the summer literacy pledge and compete with other schools to see who can read the most books. The school with the most pledges at the end of the summer will receive a surprise visit from First Lady Ann Scott.


One of the most important things parents can do for their children is to help them develop their reading skills. Visit the Just Read, Florida! website for useful tips and resources to build your child’s reading skills.


What are you waiting for? Let’s get reading, Florida!