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Published on: Jul 13, 2020

On July 10, 2020, the Department of Education announced a new summer reading list for students and teachers to consider for the upcoming school year. The list is comprised of top-of-the-line literary works with world-renowned titles that make it the best reading list in the nation.

This summer reading list has been constructed to help reduce the annual summer slide which has likely been exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The books selected reflect the new Florida B.E.S.T. standards, which according to The Independent Institute in California, are “the strongest standards in ELA currently in use in the United States.”

The summer reading list also includes books for Pre-K learners to better prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Research shows that children who read each day gain an additional month or more of progress in a calendar year. By reading 20 minutes a day, students improve their literacy competency and score higher on reading assessments annually. On average, a student who reads more than 20 minutes per day scores in the 90th percentile on reading assessments.

Commissioner Corcoran’s Summer Reading List  Pre K through K  A Child's Garden of Verses Robert Louis Stevenson  Brown Bear, Brown Bear Bill Martin Jr.  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault  Corduroy Don Freeman  Curious George H.A. Rey  George Washington Philip Abraham  *Hop on Pop Dr. Seuss  I am Jackie Robinson Brad Meltzer  I Pledge Allegiance  Bill Jr. Martin and Michael Sampson  Swimmy Leo Lionni  The Bald Eagle Norman Pearl  The Very First Americans Cara Ashrose  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle  Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale Ruby Dee  Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak  1st through 2nd  A First Book of the Sea Nicola Davies  Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder  The Lion and the Mouse Aesop  The Emperor's New Clothes Hans Christian Andersen  Love You Forever Robert Munsch  The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter  Stellaluna Janell Cannon  Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown  The Kissing Hand Audrey Penn  Llama Llama Red Pajama Anna Dewdney  I Am Enough Grace Byers  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Numeroff  Jack and the Beanstalk Steven Kellogg  Green Eggs and Ham  Dr. Seuss  *Wanted Dead or Alive: The True Story of Harriet Tubman Ann McGovern   *Don't Touch My Hair! Sharee Miller  We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States David Catrow  3rd through 5th  Black Beauty Anna Sewell  Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom Margaret Davidson  The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett  Rosa Parks Eloise Greenfield  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving  If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad Ellen Levine  Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery  Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson  The Real McCoy: The Life of an African-American Inventor Wendy Towle  Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren  Ralph S. Mouse Beverly Cleary  The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl  Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America Glennette Tilley Turner   The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America Sharon Robinson  The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster  The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Robert C. O'Brien  6th through 8th  Little Women Louisa May Alcott  The Neverending Story Michael Ende  The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle  The Call of the Wild Jack London  A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L' Engle  I Am Malala Malala Yousafzai  Matilda Roald Dahl  The Hiding Place Corrie ten Boom  Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott ODell  The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas  Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer John Grisham  Hoot  Carl Hiaasen  The Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank  I Will Always Write Back Caitlin Alifirenka  and Liz Welch  Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela  Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe  *The Murders in the Rue Morgue Edgar Allan Poe  *Finding Langston Lesa Cline-Ransom  9th through 12th  Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte  Frankenstein Mary Shelley  Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin  Lord of the Flies William Golding Animal Farm George Orwell  A Land Remembered Patrick D. Smith  Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie  The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway  Finding Maiiana Mirta Ojito  Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation Joseph F. Ellis  The Crucible Arthur Miller  *A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens  *A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry  The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead  Manchild in the Promised Land Claude Brown  Devil in the Grove Gilbert King  The Weary Blues Langston Hughes  Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way. Todd Gerelds  Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State Senator George LeMieux and Laura Mize   *Titles are suggested by 2020 Florida Teachers of the Year Dr. Dakeyan Graham