Suggested Reads

Each year lists of books are chosen by a committee of Florida librarians for statewide reading motivation programs called the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program (SSYRA) and Florida Teens Read. These are the books read for the annual Battle of Books competition. In addition, the Orlando city mayor releases his recommended list for Mayor Buddy's Book Club each summer. Below you will find the FAME recommended books, Mayor Buddy’s book list and the Summer 2015 recommended reading lists for students in grade bands from K-12

Each of these lists can be found on the site. Students, parents, and educators are encouraged to visit to obtain reading lists, search for books, apps, interactive literacy websites, e-books, parent resources, and literacy events taking place around the community this summer. The Just Read! Florida website also has a variety of reading resources and additional selections for middle and high school readers at

Grades K-1
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes by James Bruchac and Joseph Bruchac
Thanks to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin
Birds by Kevin Henkes
Clifford's Spring Clean-Up by Norman Bridwell
The Earth and I by Frank Asch
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
Back to School for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos
Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos
Charlie Goes to School by Ree Drummond
Race Car Alphabet by Brian Floca
First Day, Hooray! by Nancy Poydar
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
There’s a Zoo in Room 22 by Judy Sierra Juan
Bobo Goes to Work by Marisa Montes
Pablo's Tree by Pat Mora
Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto
The Feet in the Gym by Teri Daniels
Mama & Papa Have a Store by Amelia Lau Carling
Wemberley Worried by Kevin Menkes
Running the Road to ABC by Denize Lauture
Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry G. Allard Jr

Grades 2-3
 Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Astronauts Today by Bosanna Hansen
Floating in Space by Franklyn Branley and True Kelley
How Much is a Million by David Schwartz
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
The Best Book of Spaceships by Ian Graham
The Library by Sarah Stewart
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy
From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems by Francisco X. Alarcón Locomotive by Brian Floca Snapshots
From the Wedding by Gary Soto
I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Walter Dean Myers 
I Dream of Trains by Angela Johnson
The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
Mr. Garbage by William H. Hooks
Third Grade Pet by Judy Cox
Transformed: How Everyday Things are Made by Bill Slavin
Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner
Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman and Beckie Prange
The Wolves Are Back by Jean Craighead George

Grades 4-5
Built to Last by David Macaulay
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest by Jean Craighead George
One Day in the Alpine Tundra by Jean Craighead George
Keeper of the Swamp by Ann Garrett and Karen Chandler
My Diary from Here to There by Amada Irma Pérez
Where the Flame Trees Bloom by Alma Flor Ada
Amazing Hispanic American History by George Ochoa 
The Day It Snowed Tortillas: A Classic from the American Southwest by Joe Hayes
The Dreamer by Pam Munoz
Ryan Harlem by Walter Dean Myers
Circle of Gold by Candy Dawson
Boyd Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by R. Gregory Christie
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary Morrow
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary 

Grades 3-5 Sunshine State Young Reader Award Finalists
Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack
Blast Off! by Nate Ball
Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman
Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts
Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman
Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart
Pie by Sarah Weeks
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan