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Sunshine State Readers Awards: Jr Books

Sunshine State Readers Awards: Jr Books

The Sunshine State Readers Award books are here for the 2024-2025 school year for grades K-2 . Discover each SSYRA JR. book and check them out from our catalog.

SSYRA Grades K-2


Rick the rock of Room 214

Julie Falatko

Tired of sitting all day on the Nature Finds shelf in Room 214, a rock named Rick escapes the classroom for the great outdoors, only to discover that sometimes the greatest adventure in life is friendship.


Don't eat bees : life lessons from Chip the dog

Dev Petty

Are you a dog in need of advice? Fear not: Chip the dog is ON IT in this super-silly guide to living your best canine life. Chip is seven; he knows things. Like what to eat (important papers, the fancy bird the humans cooked for the fancy dinner, Grandpa’s teeth), and what not to eat (bees). He won’t get those mixed up, will he?


Got your nose!

Alan Katz

Becky loves Grandpa Max. When he visits, they have a lot of fun together. But when Grandpa Max pulls his favorite prank on Becky, he accidentally takes her nose–for real! OH NO! Now Becky and Grandpa Max have to chase Becky’s runny nose all over town–or else, who nose what will happen?


The greatest in the world

Ben Clanton

Two spud siblings face off in a series of epic challenges to prove who’s “the greatest in the world!”


Henry, like always

Jenn Bailey

Henry, a first grader on the autism spectrum, attempts to navigate friendships, and sudden changes in classroom routines–like a parade on Friday instead of share time.


The duck never blinks

Alex Latimer

Can you make a duck blink? Probably not. But you can try, in this irreverent and hilarious staring contest between you and a duck that never, ever blinks.


Mr. S

Monica Arnaldo

When a kindergarten class arrives for the first day at school, they are greeted only by the words “Mr. S” on the chalkboard and a delicious-looking sandwich, resulting in merry mayhem as the kids wonder if the sandwich is their teacher.


Out of the blue

Robert Tregoning

In a world where only the color blue is allowed, a young boy and his father dare to defy the rules and create a place where every hue is welcome.


Awesome orange birthday

Mitali Banerjee Ruths

Priya Chakraborty plans a birthday party for her first client, Layla Aunty, personalizing everything from the invitations to the menu in Aunty’s favorite color, but as party-time finally arrives, Priya is nervous something will go wrong.


Worm and Caterpillar are friends

Kaz Windness

A worm and a caterpillar are best friends and when one of them is about to go through a big change, they both learn what is inside is what counts.



Matthew Cordell

Evergreen the squirrel is afraid of many things: thunder, hawks, and the dark paths of Buckthorn Forest. But when her mother tasks Evergreen with delivering soup to her sick Granny Oak, the little squirrel must face her fears and make the journey. Along the way, Evergreen is met by other forest dwellers – some want to help her, but some want her mother’s delicious soup! It’s up to Evergreen to stay the course, and those who help her will surprise and delight young readers.


My pet feet

Josh Funk

After awakening to find that her pet ferret is now pet feet, a young girl discovers that the letter “R” has disappeared and its absence is causing chaos throughout her town.


We are going to be pals!

Mark Teague

A talkative cattle egret explains to a rhinoceros that in addition to having a symbiotic relationship, they also have a friendship built on communication, kindness, and a respect for boundaries.


Carina Felina

Carmen Agra Deedy

Carina Felina is an arrogant cat with an appetite so huge that she eats everything and everyone who crosses her path as she ambles through Havana–until a small crab outsmarts her and saves the day.


Our incredible library book : and the wonderful journeys it took

Caroline Crowe

This is the story of one incredible library book and all the children who have borrowed it.

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