SSYRA Junior (K – 2nd Grade)

Sunshine State Young Readers Award JUNIOR  2018-2019


The SSYRA Jr. program is a statewide reading program for kindergarten through second grade students. The mission of the SSYRA Jr. program is to develop students’ 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.

TCE’s SSYRA Jr. program will start at Timberlin in January.  A few of the titles will be read to kindergarten, first and second grade classes as they visit the media center.  Students will have access to all the books with a small grade level library that will travel from room to room.  In April students will celebrate the program in the media center by voting for their favorite book, participating in book discussions and creating something artistic relating to one or more of the books.

 The 2018 – 2019 Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Jr. books

I Am Not a Chair by Ross Burach
Prince Ribbit by Jonathan Emmet & Illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwell
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt & Illustrated by Adam Rex
You Don’t Want a Unicorn! By Ame Dyckman & Illustrated by Liz Climo
Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins
Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken by D. Rees & Illustrated by J. Henry
Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds & illustrated by Matt Davies
After the Fall by Dan Santat
Escargot by Dashka Slater & illustrated Sydney Hanson Bonjour!
Noodleheads See the Future by Tedd Arnold, Mitch Weiss & Martha Hamilton
CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
The Last Firehawk: The Ember Stone by Katrina Charman & illustrated by Jeremy Norton
Hilde cracks the Case: Hero Dog! by Hilde Lysiak & illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Fergus and Zeke by Kate Messner & illustrated by Heather Ross