SSYRA Junior (K – 2nd Grade)

Sunshine State Young Readers Award JUNIOR  2019-2020


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 2019 – 2020 Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Jr. books

The Princess and The Pit Stop by Tom Angelberger, illustrated by Dan Santat

Melia and Jo by Billy Aronson, illustrated by Jennifer Oxley

The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

Rot: The Cutest in the World by Ben Clanton

Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger, illustrated by David Leonard

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang

The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Sandy Nichols

The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez

Neck & Neck by Elise Parsley

Good Rosie! By Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss

Stealing the Sword by Wendy, Mass illustrated by Oriol Vidal

The Great Cheese Robbery by Chris Mould

The New Kid by A.I. Newton, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar

Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! By Kara West, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez