Florida SSYRA Battle of the Books 2018 - 2019

It's time to start putting those Sunshine State Books on hold!

The 2018-2019 Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) books have been announced! The list for grades 3-5 has a repeat author, Lisa Graff. I don't see any of the authors on the 6-8 list as being repeat nominees. But I see a new one that has me excited!! DJ Machale!! He writes the hugely popular Pendragon series! Ronin loved that series!!

Parents and teachers, get a jump on everyone else by having your kids read a few of the titles over the summer. I have yet to see a summer reading list that does not include at least ONE SSYRA book. And the book usually includes a project to be submitted the first week of school. And how many of you have kids that wait until that last week to read the book and do the project? Based on the number of families that I see in the library scrambling to get their hands on a copy of ANY SSYRA book for that year, it seems like a lot of kids wait until the last minute. 

 So yo,

Don't procrastinate,

Don't sleep late,

or let stress escalate

SSYRA reading is postulate

In the Sunshine State

Let the words captivate


If you live in Hillsborough County and have a library card (or a student with a HAAL pass) simply click on the links below to find your titles and place your books on hold.



So what do you think about the books this year?? Any that you think your kids will want to read? Any that you want to read??

Easter and Spring Books for Kids 2018

With Spring knocking every so gently on our door, and Easter right around the corner, I've put together a book list for the young readers in your life.

If your family is silly and fun, they'll probably get a big kick out of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick. This is one of my favorite read-aloud books for kids of any age. In fact, I still read it to the #TampaTrio during this holiday season. As in other "old lady who swallowed" stories the hungry old lady manages to swallow some pretty unique items. On this journey, she swallows a chick, some straw, an egg, some candy, a basket, and a bow! And just as she's hopping and skipping along, who should she meet but the Easter Bunny! Watch what happens when she trips, with amazing results!

If your reader enjoys "the fairy books" check out Bella the Bunny Fairy. At an Easter egg hunt, Rachel and Kirsty spot a color-changing rabbit! Could it be the Easter Bunny? Or is it Bella the Bunny Fairy’s missing rabbit, Misty?


Easter Bunnies by Patrick Merrick introduces the holiday of Easter and some of the ways in which it is celebrated, explaining the origin and meaning of such symbols as Easter eggs and the Easter bunny.


And if you enjoy storytelling, I recommend The Birds' Gift, A Ukrainian Easter Story. In this story, villagers take in a flock of golden birds nearly frozen by an early snow and are rewarded with beautifully decorated eggs the next spring. It's a wonderful read-a-loud tale.

Of course, your library offers much more than the four books I featured. Click HERE to view more Easter and Spring themed books available through your Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library.

Do you have a favorite Spring/Easter themed story that you read to your kids?

New Audiobooks March 2018

I LOVE Audiobooks. I've been blogging about that little fact for years. Listed below are the newest audio releases from the Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library for March 2018. From the list below there is one that it is on my "must-read" list. And I'm not ashamed to admit it. Harry: Life, Loss, and Love.   I am a Royal Family fan, have been ever since I was a kid. I remember watching Princess Diana's wedding on TV. I got up at 3:00 a.m. to watch Wills and Kate tie the knot. And I have no doubt that I'll get up to watch Harry and Megan. Sigh. I have no desire to be a Princess, or a Countess, or whatever her title may be, but I love the history, the fanfare, the fashion, and the charitable causes that they bring awareness to. 

Do any of these titles sound like something you'd like to read???