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Commissioner Corcoran Releases New Back-to-School Reading List

Over 100 Books Make Up the Best Student Reading List in the Nation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., August 14, 2019 Today, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran launched a new back-to-school reading list of his and Florida’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham’s favorite reads for students and teachers to consider in the upcoming school year. The list is comprised of top-of-the-line literary recommendations, with world-renowned titles from experts that makes it the best reading list in the nation. Highlighting rich historical nonfiction, classical and popular literature, and thought-provoking Florida-based works, the list has been carefully curated to have all students vying to dive into books this school year.

Building upon the new back-to-school reading list, Florida’s struggling readers in grades 3 through 5 can take full advantage of Reading Scholarship Accounts, which were funded for a second year by the Florida Legislature at the recommendation of Governor Ron DeSantis. More than 5,600 students utilized reading scholarship accounts during the 2018-2019 school year, and the budget appropriated $7.6 million for scholarships up to $500 per student for the 2019-2020 school year.

 “My favorite part about this reading list is that it includes several great works that deal with questions of morality, character building and philosophy that will help young children and adult learners grapple with some of life’s challenges in all chapters of life,” said Commissioner Corcoran. “Each of the powerful stories on this list will stretch the reader’s mind and are books that they won’t be able to put down.”

To access FDOE’s suggested back-to-school reading list, click here. For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit