The 2017-2018 Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) books have been announced! The list for grades 3-5 has a few repeat authors including Laurence Yep and Sarah Weeks. I don't see any of the authors on the 6-8 list as being repeat nominees.
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. And we only have a limited copy of the books. Sure we have a lot of copies, usually at least 50 print copies, plus audio and ebook through Overdrive and Hoopla, but sometimes that's not enough.
Don't sleep late,
or let stress escalate
SSYRA reading is postulate
In the Sunshine State
Let the words captivate
March is Women's History Month and staff curated a great list of audio visual materials for you to enjoy not only this month, but all year long. I've listened to 3 audio books on this list; I Am Malala, Victoria the Queen, and Hidden Figures. I loved all three books, but the story of Malala is truly something else. If you haven't read that book, you most certainly should. Quick summary....15 year old Malala is shot in the head by members of the Taliban. She wasn't expected to survive. But survive she did. You will certainly want to read this inspirational story.
Have you read any of these books?