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Commissioner's Book of the Month

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.


  • 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

March Book of the Month Guiding Questions (PDF)