Educators recommend books to read in honor of Black History Month
Tallahassee, Fla., February 11, 2013 – The Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! office celebrates Black History Month with its recommended reading list featuring the literary works of acclaimed African-American authors.
The selections help young readers understand the influence of African-American culture on society. Students are encouraged to choose from the recommended reading list during Black History Month and throughout the year.
“Reading is the gateway skill for academic success,” said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. “Other subject matters, such as history, are reinforced through reading. It is crucial that educators and parents work together to promote literacy in and outside of the classroom.”
The reading list features both fiction and non-fiction selections, including biographies of influential African-American leaders. To see all of this year’s list, visit the 2013 Black History Month Recommended Reading List.
Just Read, Florida! promotes reading in Florida's public schools and among community groups and volunteer organizations statewide. For more information about the Department of Education's literacy promotion efforts, visit the Just Read, Florida! office.
About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 individuals who work in education throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.