Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Lists Announced

May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm


Do you have a student in grades 3-8?  If so, chances are you’ve heard about Sunshine State Books.

The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program is an initiative to increase reading motivation cosponsored by the School Library Media Services Office of the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME).  Each year, this program releases two age appropriate book lists encouraging children to read high interest, contemporary literature for personal enjoyment.

Sunshine State Books for the 2012-2013 school year were just announced May 1.  This year, the book Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper won the award for Book of the Year on both the 3-5 and 6-8 grade book lists.  This story focuses on Melody, an 11-year-old girl who is unable to walk, talk, or write, but who finally finds a way to communicate.

Browse the lists below and when you click on a book of interest, you can also choose the option to “Check Our Catalog” to see availability or place a hold.

Sunshine State Books for Grades 3-5

Sunshine State Books for Grades 6-8

Don’t see your child’s favorite book?  Get it on next year’s list by filling out a nomination form.  Suggested titles must be received before June 1st, 2012 and must meet the following criteria:

  • Be fiction.
  • Have an author who lives in North America.
  • Be appropriate for students from all around the state of Florida in grades 3 to 5 and/or 6 to 8, and
  • Have a copyright date of 2009 or later.

For more information about the Sunshine State Young Reader’ s Award, including past year’s lists,  registration and voting information, visit the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award homepage.

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