Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Summer Learning Challenge

Find a Book Find a Book to Read This Summer!

During the summer months, the challenge of keeping students reading sometimes increases. Research has shown that students who do not read consistently over the summer can lose momentum in maintaining the progress they made during the school year. This phenomenon is known as the “summer slide.”
To encourage children and families to read independently throughout the summer, MetaMetrics—an educational research group—offers the FREE, research-based tool “Find a Book” to help students create a personalized reading list and then locate those books at the nearest library or bookseller.

Ready to get started?

1. Go to

2. Enter the child’s grade level or Lexile measure.

3. Pick books that match the reader’s interests.

4. View the search results.

Check to see whether your local library carries any of the books that you found in your search results.

Rewards for Reading

Promote a culture of reading by recognizing children for the books they have read.  Talk with them about their favorite part or what they would have changed if they could re-write the story.  Give them a certificate to hang on their wall for each book they have read.  Talk with them about another book they want to read and help them get started on their next adventure in literature.

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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