SSYRA Junior (K – 2nd Grade)

Sunshine State Young Readers Award JUNIOR  2016-2017


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 in January 2017.  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 2016 – 2017 Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Jr. books

The Skunk by Mac Barnett & illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena & illustrated by Christian Robinson

Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins & illustrated by Paul Zelinsky

Sparky! by Jenny Offill & illustrated by Chris Appelhans

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by Meg Hunt

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Amy Namey in Ace Reporter by Megan McDonald & illustrated by Erwin Madrid

Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey by Timothy Roland

The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet by Kevin Sherry