Sunshine State Young Readers Award, Jr. Nominees


I am so excited to share with you the arrival of the SSYRA, Jr. titles for this school year. Y'all, these books are awesome. The mission of the SSYRA Jr. program is to develop student interest in reading for pleasure by exposing them to a wide range of appropriate literature. Sunshine State Jr. books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Students are encouraged to listen to these books read to them, read them in a small group setting, or read independently to develop skills in fluency and comprehension. Students will be eligible to vote in the spring after listening/reading at least three of the books. The winning author and illustrator will be recognized at the annual FAME conference.

What do need to do for my classroom need to do to participate?

Participating is super easy! All you need to do is read the books aloud to your students or allow them to read them independently. I am placing a blue book mark with instructions on it for sending a student for a book. If you don't have it and need a book, no problem. You can always send a note or come look at the books in the library.
SSYRA Jr. 19-20 Reveal


Students or classrooms who have read at least three of the titles will be eligible to vote in the Spring!


Students who have read at least 10 of the books will earn a SSYRA Jr. certificate. Yes! If you read 10 aloud in your classroom, all of your students will receive one!