Florida Children’s Books – 15 Great Kids Books About Florida

The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about Florida

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Florida Children’s Books

Singing For Justice

Sing A Song, by Kelly Starling Lyons and Keith Mallett

She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribe Leader by Jan Godown Annino and illustrated by Lisa Desimini

Howard Therman’s Great Hope, by Kai Jackson Issa and Arthur L. Dawson

Cape Canaveral

This is the Way To the Moon: A Children’s Classic, by Miroslav Sasek.

Features space shuttles blasting off from Cape Canaveral’s launch site in Florida.

 

Florida Beaches and Florida Everglades

Marjory Saves The Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, by Sandra Neil Wallace and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch, by Heidi Tyline King, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Children’s Books about Florida: Mary Bethune Educates Kids 

Mary McLeod Bethune, by Eloise Greenfield, illustrations by Jerry Pinkney

Defeat of the Ghost Riders, by Dave Jackson and Neta Jackson

This is a young reader novel that tells the story of a family who moved from Georgia to Florida for safety, then became recruited to go to Mary Bethune’s school. The book centers around the safety of the school, the risks that went into holding a school for Black girls in Florida back in 1904.

 

Children’s Books about Miami, Florida

 

Goodnight Miami, by Patricia Baloyra, illustrated by Sarah Knotz

La Noche Buena, by Antonio Sacre and Angela Dominguez

Drum, Chavi, Drum! by Mayra Dole and Antonio Eligio

Miu Over Miami: A Beautifully Illustrated Children’s Book Featuring the Iconic Miami Landscape, by Katie Doyle and illustrated by Clayton Young

 

Children’s Books about Florida: Florida Oranges

I’ll be a truck driver (when I grow up), by Connie Conwell Miller In this story, the boy drives his Florida oranges across the country, to show how food transportation works. 

 

 

Florida Children’s Books For Older Readers

Strawberry Girl, by Lois Lenski.

This book was written about the farmlands of Florida, and is set in the 1930s.

A book about Florida best read as a family (to discuss how things are different long ago), this Newbery-Award winning book is wholesome and insightful. Strawberry Girl works industriously to grow pints of strawberries on the market. But her neighbors have a different, haphazard approach. How does one make a difference and do what one feels is right, while still showing dignity to those who choose differently?  This is a book for 4th to 7th grade, but great as a 2nd to 4th grade readaloud while eating strawberries or enjoying nice weather. 

 

 

Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen

This story starts as the main character moves from Montana to the town of Coconut Grove, Florida for middle school. As things progress, he works to save a colony of owls in his new home, which also features alligators and snakes. There’s an environmental message in this book about Florida, even if Coconut Grove is a fictional Florida town. Hoot won the Newbery Honor in 2002. Good for late 4th to 8th grade (ages 10 to 14).

Florida Vocabulary to Highlight:

“Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Mary McLeod Bethune

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Seminole Tribe

Florida Oranges

hurricane

 

Florida Geography:

Atlantic Ocean

Gulf of Mexico

Florida Everglades National Park

Orlando

Miami

Tampa

Cape Canaveral

Florida Panhandle

 

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