Literacy League, a new interactive reading initiative for middle school students, was recently launched by the Florida Department of Education to give young readers a platform to discuss books with their favorite authors. Students in grades six through eight will have the chance to read selected books and submit questions in a variety of formats directly to participating authors through a podcast series housed on Florida’s iTunesU site. The new statewide book club starts off with author Julianna Baggott, writing under the pen name N.E. Bode, and her award-winning book, The Anybodies.
Each quarter the Department will connect prominent authors through a podcast question-and-answer session about the featured book. For the first session, students have until March 1, 2010, to send their questions in text or video format to LiteracyLeague@fldoe.org or mail their questions to the Department of Education’s Communications Office at 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1524, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400. The next book selection will be announced in April.
For more information about the Department of Education’s Literacy League, visit http://www.fldoe.org/