Kentucky Department of Education collaborates to support Summer Reading
The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) continue their collaboration to promote summer reading to Kentucky students. Choosing the right book for a child's reading level can be a challenge, but libraries that participate in the Summer Reading Program can get information and training that makes selecting a book easier with the Lexile Framework for Reading, a measurement system adopted by KDE in 2010 -
one tool of
many in matching books to readers.
The Lexile Framework is a resource for accurately matching readers with text. Lexile measures allow teachers, librarians and parents to find books that will challenge a child's reading ability, while still maintaining interest and learning. A Lexile measure can range from below 200L for beginning readers and beginning-reading text to above 1700L for advanced readers and text. A Lexile text measure is based on two strong predictors of how difficult a book is to comprehend: word frequency and sentence length.
As parents select books for their children to read for the Summer Reading Program, librarians can assist in helping them find appropriate books by looking up a book's Lexile measure. Lexile measure data is available on NoveList as well as the website,
Find a Book Kentucky.
For more information about the Lexile Framework, visit the following links:
Additionally, KDLA & KDE encourage collaboration well before the start of summer reading. For tips on best practices, follow this post from Journal of the American Association of School Librarians:
Think You Know Your School Library?
Build Better Summer Partnerships
Co-hosted by the Kentucky Department of Education, Tuesday, January 31st.
This webinar was recorded and is now available on the
KDLA Archived Webinars page.