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Commissioner's Book of the Month

Commissioner's Book of the Month

Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. launched the Commissioner’s Book of the Month, a monthly reading challenge to promote literacy and reading engagement in K-12 schools. Literacy skills developed during formative years are essential for students to succeed both academically and in life, and reading comprehension develops as students engage with interesting and meaningful books. Teachers and parents are encouraged to recommend these books to students.

“The Commissioner’s Book of the Month will be an opportunity to highlight authors and titles, offering students rewarding opportunities for classroom and at-home discussion. This new initiative will add to Florida’s ever-present focus on providing students access to challenging books that increase critical thinking skills and deepen understanding.” ~ Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr.


  • PreK – Thankful Thanksgiving by Deb Adamson
  • K-2 – The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose
  • 3-5 – Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America by Glennette Tilley Turner
  • 6-8 – The Adventures of Lewis and Clark by John Bakeless
  • 9-12 – 1984 by George Orwell


  • PreK – Shabbat is Coming by Tracy Newman
  • K-2 – Try It!: How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat by Mara Rockliff
  • 3-5 – The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
  • 6-8 – The Monster Missions by Laura Martin
  • 9-12 – Night by Elie Wiesel


  • PreK – Rin, Rin, Rin/Do, Re, Mi by José-Luis Orozco
  • Grades K-2 – Amigo by Carlos Zamora
  • Grades 3-5 – A Taste of the Mexican Market - El Gusto Del Mercado Mexicano by Nancy María Grande Tabor
  • Grades 6-8 – Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luisana Duarte Armendáriz
  • Grades 9-12 – The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton


  • PreK – My Florida Alphabet by Russell W. Johnson and Annie P. Johnson
  • Grades K-2 – Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin
  • Grades 3-5 – The Magician's Hat by Malcolm Mitchell
  • Grades 6-8 – Fins by Randy Wayne White
  • Grades 9-12 – Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  • Grades 9-12 – Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


  • PreK – Good Night America by Adam Gamble
  • Grades K-2 – You're a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan
  • Grades 3-5 – The Bald Eagle by Norman Pearl
  • Grades 6-8 – George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War by Thomas B. Allen
  • Grades 9-12 – D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 (The Young Readers Adaptation) by Rick Atkinson


  • PreK – Big Al by Andrew Clements
  • Grades K-2 – Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood by Tony Hillery
  • Grades 3-5 – Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington
  • Grades 6-8 – The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  • Grades 9-12 – The Piano Lesson by August Wilson


  • PreK – I See Summer by Charles Ghigna
  • Grades K-2 – The Little Butterfly That Could by Ross Burach
  • Grades 3-5 – Charlie & Frog by Karen Kane
  • Grades 6-8 – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Grades 9-12 – Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai


  • PreK – Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
  • Grades K-2 – I Am Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges
  • Grades 3-5 – The Life of Rosa Parks by Kathleen Connors
  • Grades 6-8 – Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Grades 9-12 – Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton


  • Grades K-2 – The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop
  • Grades 3-5 – Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter
  • Grades 6-8 – Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
  • Grades 9-12 – The Raft by S.A. Bodeen