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Celebrate Literacy in Florida schools Jan. 13-17

, “Reading Accelerates Success”
, “Reading Accelerates Success”

The School District of St. Lucie County has announced that it will again participate in the annual Celebrate Literacy, Florida event during the week of January 13-17, 2014. The Florida Department of Education’s goal for the statewide event is to continually increase the awareness of the importance of improving literacy throughout Florida’s public schools.

“During this special week, students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers all celebrate the tremendous success our students have accomplished,” remarked Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Kerry Padrick. This year’s theme, “Reading Accelerates Success,” encourages students in St. Lucie County Public Schools to connect literacy with careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

In Martin County (south of St. Lucie County), Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School has been announced by the Florida Department of Education (“Public Service Announcement”) contest as one of the nine finalists for its 2014 literacy week celebration. View videos at:

As stated at “Just Read Florida” website: Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida is an annual event during which students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers all celebrate the tremendous success Florida's students have accomplished over the past decade. We also take the opportunity during the week to encourage our students to keep reading and improving their skills. We know that if Florida's students are going to shoot for the moon and achieve great success they must have the literacy skills that 21st century careers demand. Florida's educators and students will continue to make strides toward increasing student achievement in literacy, and students will be challenged to read every day because "Reading Accelerates Success". Recommended reading lists for K-12 attached.


REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) Jan. 2013


Elementary Grades K-2
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Elementary Grades K-2

Recommended Reading List

Chrysanthemum, Kevin Henkes Greenwillow

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Joseph Slate

There’s a Zoo in Room 22, Judy Sierra

Back to School for Rotten Ralph, Jack Gantos

First Day, Hooray!, Nancy Poydar

WemberleyWorried, Kevin Menkes

The Feet in the Gym, Teri Daniels

Amazing Grace, Mary Hoffman

Miss Nelson is Missing!, Harry Allard

The Library, Sarah Stewart

How Much is a Million, David Schwartz

Race Car Alphabet, Brian Floca

If I Built a Car, Chris Van Dusen

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, Brian Floca

Built to Last, David Macaulay

Astronauts Today, Bosanna Hansen

Floating in Space, Franklyn Branley and True Kelley

The Best Book of Spaceships, Ian Graham


Elementary Grades 3-5
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Elementary Grades 3-5

Recommended Reading List:

Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys, Elizabeth Howard

The Hundred Dresses, Eleanor Estes

My Name is Maria Isabel, Alma Flor Ada

Amelia’s Notebook, Marissa Moss

Thank You, Mr. Falker, Patricia Polacco

First Day in Grapes, Perez, L. King

Ramona the Pest, Beverly Cleary Morrow

Third Grade Pet, Judy Cox

Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary

The Keeping Quilt, Patricia Polacco

Amazing But True Stories, Phyllis Hollander

Kickoff, Donna King

Slam Dunk, Donna King

Vroom: Motoring into the Wild World of Racing, Tim Miller

The Top of the World, Steve Jenkins

The Sky is Full of Stars, Franklyn Branley and Felicia Bond

So You Want to Be an Inventor? Judith St. George

Transformed: How Everyday Things are Made, Bill Slavin


Middle School Grades 6-8
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Middle School Grades 6-8

Recommended Reading List:

Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

Dicey’s Song, Cynthia Voight

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, Mildred B. Taylor

Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli

Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White

Hope Was Here, Joan Bauer

Frog Face and the Three Boys, Don Trembath

Tangerine, Edward Bloor

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Jack Gantos

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal, Jeff Kinney

Muscle Cars, Katharine Bailey

Car Smarts: Hot Tips for the Car Crazy, Phil Edmonston and Maureen Sawa

Vintage Cars, L. Michell Nielson

NASCAR, Rachel Eagen

Behind the Scenes: The Racehorse, Nikki Tate

Full Throttle, Anthony Hampshire

Saturday Night Dirt, Will Weaver

The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, Jim Murphy

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon,Catherine Thimmesh

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women who Dared to Dream, Tanya Lee Stone


High School Grades 9-12
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High School Grades 9-12

Recommended Reading List:

Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

Whirligig, Paul Fleischman

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

How to Be Popular, Meg Cabot

Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger

October Sky, Homer Hickam

Bleachers, John Grisham

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Yellow Flag, Robert Lipsyte

Life by the Numbers, Keith Devlin

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell

The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawkings


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