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The UF Lastinger Center for Learning’s New Worlds Reading program has grown to include VPK students! This state-created program mails free books and reading activities to eligible Florida students to strengthen their literacy skills, build reading confidence, and nurture a lifelong love of reading.

The UF Lastinger Center is the state-appointed administrator for New Worlds Reading, and has selected Scholastic as a partner. Books are selected in collaboration with the Florida Department of Education, and are available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and braille.

Families of eligible students can apply at To be eligible, students must be either a VPK student who is not making age-appropriate progress according to state assessment results or a K-5th grade student who is not yet reading on grade level in a public or charter school.

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