Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program 2020 Book List

May 10, 2020 | Ruben Cortes
Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program 2020 Book List

On April 23, the Florida Association of Media in Education revealed this year’s titles for the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program (SSYRA). The SSYRA is a statewide initiative to encourage students to read independently to improve reading fluency. Books picked for the annual lists appeal to a wide audience, have literary value, represent different genres, and represent the rich diversity of our state.

For the library’s Collection Development team this is one of the busiest days of the year and with the library being closed this year was different. An hour before the lists were revealed the Collection Development team was finalizing the game plan for reviewing the lists through chat. Once the lists were revealed the team quickly went to work to purchase additional copies of all the titles to meet the demand of this popular reading initiative. 

All the books are available in the library’s collection. Physical copies can be requested for home delivery while many titles are also available through our online platforms.

 

Junior List


Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey 
Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey 

 

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

 

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Deenihan
When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L. B. Deenihan

 

Dandy by Ame Dyckman
Dandy by Ame Dyckman

 

Pencil A Story with a Point by Ann Ingalls and Dean Griffiths
Pencil – A Story with a Point by Ann Ingalls

 

Superbuns by Diane Kredensor
Superbuns! by Diane Kredensor

 

T-Bone the Drone by Shanda McCloskey
T-Bone the Drone by Shanda McCloskey

 

Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen by Beth Mills
Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen by Beth Mills

 

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad

 

The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood
The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood

 

Smell My Foot by Cece Bell
Smell My Foot by Cece Bell 

 

My Furry Foster Family by Debbi Michiko Florence
My Furry Foster Family – Truman the Dog by Debbi Michiko Florence

 

Frank and Bean by Jamie Michalak
Frank & Bean by Jamie Michalak

 

The Quiet Boat Ride by Sergio Ruzzier
The Quiet Boat Ride by Sergio Ruzzier

 

Happy Fell by Erica S. Perl
Happy Fell by Erica S. Perl

 

A fully annotated list of the Junior List can be found here.

Titles available digitally through Overdrive can be found here.

 

Grades 3–5 

 

Gamer Squad by Kim Harrington
Attack of the Not-So-Virtual Monsters by Kim Harrington

 

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes

 

Bernice Buttman Model Citizen by Niki Lenz
Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen by Niki Lenz

 

Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn

 

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott

 

How I Became A Spy by Deborah Hopkinson
How I Became A Spy: A Mystery of WWII London by Deborah Hopkinson

 

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

 

Klawde Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano & Emily Chenoweth

 

Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere by Elise Gravel
Olga and the Smelly Thing From Nowhere by Elise Gravel

 

Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Scheerger
Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Lynn Scheerger

 

Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos
Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos

 

Power Forward by Hena Khan
Power Forward by Hena Khan

 

Strongheart by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
Strongheart by Candace Fleming

 

The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline Ogburn

 

Voyage of the Dogs by Greg Van Eekhout
Voyage of the Dogs by Greg Van Eekhout

 

A fully annotated list of the Grades 3–5 list can be found here.

Titles available digitally through Overdrive can be found here.

 

Grades 6–8

 

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

 

Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

 

City Spies by James Ponti
City Spies by James Ponti

 

Deep Water by Watt Key
Deep Water: A Story of Survival by Watt Key

 

​​​​​​​Float by Laura Martin
Float by Laura Martin

 

Game Changer by Tom Greenwald
Game Changer by Tom Greenwald

 

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

 

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood

 

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

 

New Kid by Jerry Craft
New Kid by Jerry Craft

 

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

 

​​​​​​​Scouts by Shannon Greenland
Scouts by Shannon Greenland

 

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Song for a Whale by Kelly Lynne

 

Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst

 

We're Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey
We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

 

A fully annotated list of the Grades 6–8 list can be found here.

Titles available digitally through Overdrive can be found here.

 

Happy Reading!

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