The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives are collaborating to encourage students to participate in the state’s 2016 summer reading programs. This year’s themes center around fitness: “On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!” (for children) and “Get in the Game: Read!” (for teens).

Teachers and parents are encouraged to help children use Find a Book, KY to build personal reading lists for summer reading and then locate the selections at their school library or local public library. “Find a Book, KY” uses the widely-adopted Lexile measure to match a reader with books that will provide the right level of challenge to support reading growth.

Students, teachers and parents can pledge to read while on the Find a Book, KY website. The pledge feature will continue through Aug. 31. Kentucky was No. 1 nationally in summer reading pledges for 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Visit KDE’s “Summer Reading” webpage for more information about summer reading. Each school’s certified librarian 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 or visit the KDLA Summer Reading webpage.