Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. (SSYRA Jr.)

  • Welcome to the newest reading award program sponsored by FAME: the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. (SSYRA Jr)! The mission of the SSYRA Jr. program is to develop student 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. Students will be eligible to vote in the spring after listening/reading at least three of the books. We will be reading some of these books during our media center classes.

  • Ada Twist, Scientist

    by Andrea Beaty Year Published:
    Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performingexperiments to find things out and understand the world
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  • Douglas, You Need Glasses

    by Ged Adamson Year Published:

    Meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn't know it, and his bad eyesighttends to land him in some pretty hairy situations.

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  • Ferocious Fluffity 

    by Erica Perl Year Published:
     
    Mr. Drake's second grade class has a new class pet. Fluffity appears to be a cute and docile hamster--butthe kids soon discover that she is not the cuddly pet they expected. Will the class be able to tame thisbeast and bring peace back to their school?
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  • Let Me Finish

    by Minh Le Year Published:
    When our young hero settles in to read, the last thing he wants is for some noisy animals to ruin theending of the story. But ruin it they do. And as it turns out, the boy is quickly approaching a surpriseending of his own!
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  • March of the Mini Beasts

    by Ada Hopper Year Published:
     
    Gabe, Laura, and Cesar live on a quiet cul-de-sac. They are the whiz kids of Newtonburg Elementary andeach specializes in their own subject. In fact, everyone in town lovingly refers to them as the Data Set.However, their quiet days of learning take a sudden turn for the exciting when they meet Dr. GustavBunsen - a mad scientist who throws the kids into a wild spiral of adventures.
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  • My Life in Pictures  

    by Deborah Zemke Year Published:
     
    Bea Garcia draws everything all the time - she's an artist! But then her first and only bestfriend, Yvonne, moves to Australia. Bea has to draw what she wishes didn't happen - her bestfriend waving good-bye. What could be worse? What's worse is the boy who moves in nextdoor. He is not like Yvonne at all - he's a monster! Bert burps, buzzes, and calls Bea names. Heruins everything and he even tries to steal her book of drawings! Luckily Bea knows that herpencil has power and figures out just what to draw to put that monster in his place. 
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  • My Pet Human

    by Yasmin Surovec Year Published:
     
    A cat that enjoys his carefree life gets some treats and backrubs from the humans who have just movedinto his favorite abandoned house, then sets out to train them properly, all the while protesting to hisfriends that he has no interest in being tied down to a human pet.
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  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

    by Ben Clanton Year Published:
     
    Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot incommon, but they do ... love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover thewhole wide ocean together.
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  • Storybook Knight

    by Helen Docherty Year Published:
    While other knights liked fighting, Leo liked to sit and read. When Leo's mom and dad pack him off tofight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword
    and a pile of his favorite books. But can a story be as mightyas a sword?
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  • The Bad Guys

    by Aaron Blabey Year Published:
     
    The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decidethat the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry.
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  • The Rooster Who Would not be Quiet

    by Carmen Deedy Year Published:
    A powerful tale that celebrates the spirit of freedom! La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peaceand quiet would make it just right. So the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long,singing of any kind is outlawed. Even the teakettle is afraid to whistle! But there is one noisy roosterwho doesn't give two mangos about this mayor's silly rules.
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  • There’s a Bear on my Chair

    by Ross Collins Year Published:
    Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favorite chair, and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mousetries all kinds of tactics to move pesky Bear, but nothing works.
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  • Thunder Boy Jr.

    by Sherman Alexie  Year Published:
    Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but LittleThunder doesn't want to share a name.
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  • We Forgot Brock 

    by Carter Goodrich Year Published:
    Phillip and Brock are best friends, although everyone else thinks Brock is imaginary, so when Phillip getstired out at the Big Fair while Brock is still having fun, they are separated and it will take a very specialtwosome to bring them back together again.
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  • Woodpecker Wants a Waffle

    by Steve Breen Year Published:
    One-day Benny the woodpecker awakens to the best tummy-rumbling smell ever and discovers it'ssomething called waffles. He must taste them!Benny makes a brilliant plan to eat a tasty plate ofwaffles
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