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Summer Reading Program

Welcome to the Museum of Florida History's 2020 Summer Reading Program

Pirates and mermaids! Castles and dragons! Florida has them all, both imaginary and real. This summer, let your imagination guide you through the myths and legends of Florida. Cultural stories will show you how different people saw the world and made sense of it through traditional stories. Tales from history introduce readers to ways of living that seem larger than life compared to today’s world. Fantastical icons of Florida’s past reveal the deep roots of imagination and exploration of our Sunshine State.

The books for this years summer reading list have been carefully selected by the Museum of Florida History staff. Read six or more books to receive a special certificate from Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee and the Museum of Florida History.  Visit your local library online to find these selected books and to begin your own reading journey.


Click here to download this year's summer reading list. 


Unleash your imagination all summer long online with hands-on activities from the Museum of Florida History.  Each week a new theme will be introduced on the Museum’s Summer Reading web page.  Read along with Museum staff as we explore each fantastic and fanciful theme. Plus, download each week’s activity instructions.

July 2 – Tall Tales and Florida Trails

This week’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Tall Tales and Florida Trails.” We will be reading Jan Day’s Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter. Please click here to download this week’s activity packet with instructions on how to have your very own Florida cattle drive at home with your little ones. Click here to print out the coloring pages and cut out the fantastical creatures you’ll meet during the activity.



July 9 – Castles in the Sunshine State

July 16 – Legends of the Sea

July 23 – Muscogee Stories

July 30 – Campfire Creatures