Last year, a new Florida state law, HB 1467, went into effect. Under this law, Florida school districts must be transparent in the selection of instructional materials, including library and reading materials. In addition, all books in school media centers must be reviewed and approved by a state-certified media specialist before they’re distributed to students.

At first, most people believed this law applied only to schoolwide libraries and media centers. But in January 2023, new guidance from the Florida Department of Education stated that teachers’ classroom collections fall under the umbrella, too.

With thousands of books to audit, many teachers simply don’t have the time to individually vet each title, which is why we’ve seen news stories about teachers packing away their classroom libraries. Rather than risk getting caught with a book that may violate the law, teachers are choosing to stop using their libraries altogether, leaving students with little to no independent reading choices.

If you're a Florida teacher, you might be wondering how you're supposed to build a classroom library that's both enriching and compliant with the new state law. To help you save time searching, we've created these special grade-level Classroom Library Packs specifically for Florida's students. Each Library Pack includes recommended books as outlined in the Florida B.E.S.T. Standards for English language arts.

Please note that while these titles may appear on the B.E.S.T. Standards list, they may not be appropriate for every student. Be sure to check with your district's individual policies regarding approved books before adding them to your library!

ELA Resources for the Florida B.E.S.T. Standards

Help Florida’s students succeed in the classroom and beyond with standards-aligned English language arts materials. Visit our Florida B.E.S.T. Portal to find even more recommended resources!