Sunshine State Young Readers Award 2024-2025

Sunshine State Young Readers Award 2024-2025

Kids across Florida are reading these great books! How many will you read?

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Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Junior

red anchor iconGrades 3-5

The Aquanaut

By Dan Santat

Ever since her father was lost at sea, Sophia has been moping around Aqualand, a marine theme park. But Sophia's world is turned upside-down when an aquanaut breaks into the park's research lab.

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The Big Sting

By Rachelle Delaney

A visit to Leo's grandfather's farm turns upside down when his grandmother's bee hives are stolen.

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Bound For Home

By Meika Hashimoto

When Emi's home life starts to crumble, she takes off into the Maine woods with Max at her side, determined to prove that she can make it on her own.

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The Cursed Moon

By Angela Cervantes

As an eerie blood moon hangs in the sky, Rafa tells a group of friends about The Caretaker. The Caretaker is an evil ghost who lures unsuspecting kids into the neighborhood pond. . . and they don't ever come out.

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Finally Seen

By Kelly Yang

When ten-year-old Lina Gao steps off the plane in Los Angeles, it's her first time in America and the first time seeing her parents and her little sister in five years! Finally, her parents are ready for her to join their fabulous life in America! Except, it's not exactly like in the postcards.

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The Girl Who Built a Spider

By George Brewington

When Theresa Brown wins the Charleston County Middle School Science Fair, she receives the opportunity of a lifetime--an invitation to celebrated scientist Dr. Flax's laboratory and a summer spent building the invention of her dreams. But can Theresa and her friends get to the bottom of the mysteries of his laboratory?

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The Grip

By Marcus Stroman

Marcus, a young baseball pitcher, learns that perfect games only come with a lot of practice--and some strikeouts.

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Manatee Summer

By Evan Griffith

Peter and Tommy have a goal for their last summer before middle school: finish their Discovery Journal, a catalog of the wildlife around their Florida town. When they spot an injured manatee in a canal, Peter knows they've found something special to protect!

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Home Away From Home

By Cynthia Lord

Mia is spending her summer with her grandmother in a small Maine town, expecting it to be an oasis of stability, but she soon finds herself competing with the boy next door.

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Future Hero: Race to Fire Mountain

By Remi Blackwood

When Jarell discovers a hidden portal in the barbershop, he's transported to a magical world that's unlike anything he's seen before--and where everyone believes Jarell is the hero they've been waiting for.

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Penny Draws a Best Friend

By Sara Shepard

Nobody said starting fifth grade would be easy, and Penny Lowry's anxiety means a million questions are always spinning through her thoughts. Luckily she's got a lot to look forward to, like Art Club and seeing her best friend Violet again. The thing is, Violet has been acting weird ever since she got back.

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The Shelterlings

By Sarah Beth Durst

Holly, a grey squirrel, and her animal friends have accepted that they will never be wizards' familiars. Though they are each magical, their powers are so offbeat that no professional magic-worker would choose any of them as a companion for noble quests. So instead of going on adventures, they languish at the Shelter for Rejected Familiars, where they are known as "shelterlings."

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Treasure in the Lake

By Jason Pamment

Grand adventures stories often begin where you least expect them. Iris knows this because she's read them all. However, as a thirteen-year-old stuck in the tiny town of Bugden, real adventure seems like a distant dream. At least until Iris and her friend Sam make a suprising discovery...

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The Ultimate Goal

By Tommy Greenwald

Ben's new soccer team plays amazingly well, but they take soccer super seriously. No pregame chants, no juice-box breaks, and the most important rule of all: NO DANCING. Ben is left to wonder whether winning is all that matters in the end.

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When Sea Becomes Sky

By Gillian McDunn

When a drought reveals a mysterious statue that had been submerged in Bex and Davey's favorite salt marsh, the siblings plan to discover the truth--and stop a new bridge project from threatening their marsh's ecosystem.

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yellow anchor iconGrades 6-8


By Tanya Guerrero

Cousins Coral and Isa are so close that they're practically siblings. When Coral and her parents leave on a months-long sea voyage, the two vow to write to each other no matter what. Then the unthinkable happens, and Coral's boat capsizes at sea. Is all hope lost?

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By Ele Fountain

Imagine a world where your only friends are virtual, and big tech companies control access to food, healthcare and leisure. This is Jess's world. But when she turns fourteen, Jess can go to school with other children for the first time. Most of them hate the 'real' world, but Jess begins to question whether the digital world is 'perfect' after all.

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Falling Short

By Ernesto Cisneros

Sixth grade is going to change their lives. This year, star basketball player Isaac plans on finally keeping up with his schoolwork. Better grades will surely stop Isaac's parents from arguing all the time. Meanwhile, straight-A Marco vows on finally winning his father's approval by earning a spot on the school's basketball team.

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The Girl in White

By Lindsay Currie

Thanks to the nightmares she's had since arriving in her new town, Mallory hardly sleeps. Combined with the unsettling sensation of being watched, she's quickly becoming convinced there's more to her town. Something darker. When Mallory has a terrifying encounter with the same old woman from her dreams, she knows she has to do something--but what?

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Hear Me

By Kerry O'Malley Cerra

One year after being diagnosed with hearing loss, Rayne’s hearing keeps getting worse, even with aids. It’s a struggle to maintain friendships and keep up in school, surfing is now a wipeout, and she can’t understand her favorite singer’s lyrics. But worst of all, Rayne’s parents are pushing for her to get cochlear implants, a surgery Rayne’s not convinced is worth the risks.

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How to Stay Invisible

By Maggie C. Rudd

Being alone is something Raymond is used to. Abandoned by his parents, Raymond is forced to live in the woods behind his middle school with nothing but a duffle bag full of clothes and his reliable pup, Rosie. With a fishing pole in hand and survival guide checked out from the library, Raymond scrapes by and doesn't tell anyone his secret.

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Kelcie Murphy and the Academy for the Unbreakable Arts

By Erika Lewis

The Otherworld is at war. The Academy for the Unbreakable Arts trains warriors. And Kelcie Murphy--a foster child raised in the human world--is dying to attend. A place at AUA means harnessing her hidden powers and--most importantly--finding out who her parents are, and why they abandoned her in Boston Harbor eight years ago.

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The Mystery of the Radcliffe Riddle

By Taryn Souders

When Grady and his dad learn that the town oddball, Eudora "Kooky" Klinch left something for them in her will, they can only imagine what it might be. When it turns out it's an old scrap of 300-year-old tapestry, they are bitterly disappointed. But the cloth comes with a note saying, "This is no ordinary piece of needlework. It's a treasure map."

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New Dragon City

By Mari Mancusi

No one predicted the dragon apocalypse. The dragons came suddenly and decimated the world as we knew it, including New York City. Noah has seen the damage these creatures can do firsthand. When it comes to dragons: It's kill or be killed. But a chance encounter between Noah and a young dragon causes him to question everything he thought he knew.

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Over and Out

By Jenni L. Walsh

Sophie has spent her entire life behind the Berlin Wall, guarded by land mines, towers, and attack dogs. A science lover, Sophie dreams of becoming an inventor... but that's unlikely in East Berlin, where the Stasi, the secret police, are always watching. When she's forced to spy on her neighbor for the secret police, Sophie is determined to escape to freedom.

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Ride On

By Faith Erin Hicks

Victoria has always loved horses. But riding in competitions is high stakes, high stress, and shockingly expensive. And even though Victoria's best friend Taylor loves competing, Victoria has lost her taste for it. After a heartbreaking fight with Taylor, Victoria needs a new start--at a new stables. No competition, no drama, no friends. Just horses.

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Roll for Initiative

By Jaime Formato

Riley's brother Devin is gone. He's off at college in California while Riley is stuck alone in Florida with her mom. That is, until a cool nerd named Lucy gives Riley no choice but to get over her shyness and fear of rejection and become friends. The best part is that both girls are into Dungeons & Dragons--except that playing D&D was something Riley and Devin used to do together. For the chance at a friend, though, Riley's willing to give it a shot.

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The Ruby Code

By Jessica Khoury

One night, Ash helps a stranger, who thanks him with a copy of an old virtual reality game. While exploring the game, Ash meets a seemingly humble shopkeeper named Ruby. But from the start, Ruby seems different than the other townsfolk--especially when she and Ash stumble across an unusual in-game quest.

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The Superteacher Project

By Gordon Korman

It's time for Oliver and his best friend, Nathan, to show the new teacher who's boss. But as the weeks go by, they start to realize that Mr. Aidact is not what they expected. Oliver and Nathan know that something is fishy. They're determined to get to the bottom of the mystery: What's the deal with Mr. Aidact?

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A Work in Progress

By Jarrett Lerner

Will is the only round kid in a school full of thin ones. So he baggy jeans and oversized hoodies, in the back row during class, and anywhere but the cafeteria during lunch. But Will's also got a crush on a girl named Jules. He knows he doesn't have a chance, because of his size--but he can't help wondering what if?

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yellow anchor iconJunior

Awesome Orange Birthday

By Mitali Banerjee Ruths

Priya is excited to plan her aunty's birthday party. She will donate the money she makes to help the cutest endangered animal on the planet, the quokka! But the party is this Saturday! With so many items on her to-do list, can she get it all done in time?

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Carina Felina

By Carmen Agra Deedy

The trouble started when Pepe the parrot fell in love with... a CAT! Hoping to win her paw, he invited her to his house for dinner. But within moments of arriving--with a gobble and a gulp--Carina swallowed that love-sick parrot whole!

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Don't Eat Bees: Life Lessons from Chip the Dog

By 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.

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The Duck Never Blinks

By Alex Latimer

Do you see that duck over there? That duck doesn't blink. Even if you look away then look back real quick. Even if you tell it a really funny joke!

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By 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.

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Got Your Nose!

By 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!

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The Greatest in the World!

By Ben Clanton

Rot is a mutant potato who wakes up feeling great, maybe even...the greatest in the world! But that only makes Rot's brother Snot the grumpiest in the world. The only solution? An epic contest to prove who is the greatest once and for all.

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Henry, Like Always

By Jenn Bailey

Henry likes Classroom Ten. He likes how it is always the same. But this week, Henry's class will have a parade, and a parade means having Share Time on the wrong day. A parade means playing instruments that are too loud. A parade means this week is not like always.

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Mr. S

By Monica Arnaldo

It was the first day of school. But even the kindergarteners of room 2B could tell something was seriously wrong. Where was the teacher? Who left this sandwich on the desk? The only clue, written on the chalkboard, were three simple letters: Mr. S.

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My Pet Feet

By Josh Funk

A little girl wakes up one day to find that R, a vital piece of the alphabet, has vanished! Suddenly, she has pet feet instead of a ferret. Flocks of cows replace crows flying in the sky.

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Our Incredible Library Book

By Caroline Crowe

This library book is very special. It's been hugged, lost, torn, chewed by a dog and soaked in the rain. It's been read in apartments and in tents, by children wearing costumes and pajamas, reading alone and with family. Each time it returns to the library it's a little more worn, but a lot more loved!

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Out of the Blue

By Robert Tregoning

In a very blue house, on a very blue street, in his very blue bedroom, sits a little boy who's feeling very blue. He has a secret: he loves the color yellow.

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Rick the Rock of Room 214

By Julie Falatko

Rick is a rock. For as long as he can remember, he's lived on the Nature Finds shelf in Room 214 alongside an acorn, some moss, and a piece of bark. One day, the teacher shows the class what rocks do outdoors, and Rick is captivated.

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We are Going to Be Pals!

By Mark Teague

When Egret ends up in a sticky situation, it's Rhino to the rescue as this unlikely pair realizes that communication and kindness are the key to any friendship.

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Worm and Caterpillar are Friends

By Kaz Windness

Worm and Caterpillar are friends--best friends. Worm loves how they are just alike, but Caterpillar has a feeling there is a big change coming.

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