Florida SSYRA Battle of the Books 2017 2018

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.


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


Sunshine State Readers 2016 2017

The 2016-2017 Sunshine State Readers were announced today. Here is the list and I know quite a few of the authors so it looks like a great upcoming SSYRA year!


Grades 3-5:

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes

Eddie Red Undercover:  Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elisa Allen

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Pet War by Allan Woodrow

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce

Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood

Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles (Fish Finelli) by Erica Farber

Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

The Terrible Two by Jory John

The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks

Grades 6-8:

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Bot Wars by J.V. Kade

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

Nickel Boy Nick by Dean Pitchford

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin

The Summer I Saved the World . . . in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

The Tapper Twins Go to War:  With Each Other by Geoff Rodkey

Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry