State Education Department Launches Online Book Nook Initiative to Promote Literacy

The state Department of Education (PDE) this week launched an initiative aimed at promoting literacy even when school isn’t in session. Beginning today, each Thursday at 6 p.m. PDE will unveil a new video featuring a prominent Pennsylvanian reading a children’s book to an at-home audience.

“Literacy is a pillar of learning,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “Sparking an interest in reading at a young age can have lifelong benefits for a student.”

Rivera added that the initiative also aims to help ease the “Summer Slide,” when some students are susceptible to a decline in reading ability and other academic skills over the summer months. It also promotes equity by providing access to literacy activities for students who don’t have books of their own at home.

The initiative kicks off with Rivera reading the book, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, one of his personal favorite books to read to young audiences. In upcoming weeks, the initiative will feature several officials from the Wolf Administration reading books related to the work they lead, including Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.

The videos will be accessible on PDE’s TwitterFacebook, and YouTube pages.