Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, believes that strong reading and writing abilities and habits are the foundation blocks for future academic success. In keeping with her goals to improve the state’s overall academic markers, such as third grade literacy levels, high school dropout rates and college degrees granted, she has introduced the Governor’s Summer Reading Program. This literacy incentive is in addition to the city and county reading programs that are open to homeschoolers and all other students.
Age appropriate book lists have been compiled for the following levels:
- Ages 5 and Under
- Kindergarten – First Grade
- Second – Third Grade
- Fourth – Fifth Grade
- Sixth – Eighth Grade
- Ninth – Tenth Grade
- Eleventh Grade – College and Career Ready
Students will read five books from the list and then complete a Summer Reading Coupon form that will be submitted to the Governor’s office. Each participant will receive a certificate from Governor Jan Brewer and a printable coupon for free admission to the Arizona Science Center. Students 18 and over, or those with parental permission, will also be listed on the Arizona Ready Readers’ Wall.
The Governor’s Summer Reading Program has begun, and student names are already being listed on the website. Keep your mind active over the summer to be prepared for new learning adventures when school begins again in the fall.