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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.

July 2024

  • PreK – Proud Little Patriot by Alla Belousov
  • K-2 – F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
  • 3-5 – The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
  • 6-8 And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz
  • 9-12Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

June 2024

  • PreK – What is America? by Michelle Medlock Adams
  • K-2 – The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter Spier
  • 3-5 – Proud to Be an American by Lee Greenwood
  • 6-8 – Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? By Jean Fritz
  • 9-12 – Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson by Katherine Johnson

May 2024

  • PreK – Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day by Kristen Lake
  • K-2 – Celebrating Holidays: Memorial Day by Rachel Grack
  • 3-5 – Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld
  • 6-8 – Who Were the Navajo Code Talkers? by James Buckley Jr.
  • 9-12 – “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

April 2024

  • PreK – Hero Dad, by Melinda Hardin
  • K-2 – H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian
  • 3-5 – Brave for My Family by Davidson Whetstone
  • 6-8 – A Boy at War:  A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazar
  • 9-12 – Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen

March 2024

  • PreK – Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George by H.A. Rey
  • K-2 – Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating
  • 3-5 – Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson
  • 6-8 – Out of Hiding by Ruth Gruener
  • 9-12 – The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron

February 2024

  • PreK - I Am Me by Tristan Towns and Lacey Howard
  • K-2 - An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennette Tilley Turner
  • 3-5 - Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Shetterly
  • 6-8 - Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  • 9-12 - Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

January 2024

  • PreK – Moon: A Peek-Through Board Book by Britta Teckentrup
  • K-2 – My Magical Foods by Becky Cummings
  • 3-5 – Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • 6-8 – Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
  • 9-12 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen