Summer reading program supported by First Lady


Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear has joined with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) in supporting the Kentucky Public Libraries’ summer reading programs.

This year’s themes are “Dream Big” (early literacy and children) and “Own the Night” (teens). A letter to parents from Jane Beshear will be sent to schools in May encouraging families to support reading throughout the summer months. A brief video from Jane Beshear also can be seen here.

Teachers and parents are encouraged to help children use “Find a Book, Kentucky” ( to build personal reading lists for summer reading and then locate their selections at their school libraries or local public libraries. “Find a Book, Kentucky” uses the widely-adopted Lexile measure to match a reader with books that will provide the right level of challenge to support reading growth. Library media specialists and public librarians are ready to assist children and their parents as they make summer reading selections.

A new feature this year is encouragement from KDE to students to “Pledge to Read” during the summer on the “Find a Book, Kentucky” site. Look for the “submit your summer reading pledge” icon to indicate participation.

Find more information on KDE’s “summer reading” Web page: Each school’s library media specialist has additional resources to promote summer reading programs.

For more information about specific activities, contests and reading events for the Summer Reading Program in your county, contact your local public library.