Sunshine State Author Series
Since 2017, the Sunshine State Author Series has offered experiences and writing workshops for kids and teens to meet and learn from their favorite Sunshine State Award-winning authors. Each featured writer in this series has written a book that has been on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award or Florida Teens Read lists.
Orange County Library System would like to make connections between Orange County Public Schools and popular children's and young adult authors. Please let us know if you are interested in partnering with us on an author visit (either virtually or in-person), by completing the Author Visit Request form.
The Sunshine State Author Series brings top-notch writers of children’s and young adult literature to Orange County for public readings, writing workshops and visits with students to spark interest in reading. Each featured writer has written a book that has been on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award or Florida Teen Reads lists.
Have fun in the Florida sun this school year by participating in a Sunshine State Reading Challenge! Recommended for grades K-12. Please ensure your Beanstack account has a school grade associated with it to participate.
Upcoming Sunshine State Author Series Events
Sunshine State Author Series Q&A: Johnnie Christmas
2023-24 Sunshine State Readers Jr
Beak & Ally, Unlikely friends / Norman Feuti.
Feuti, Norman, author, illustrator.
Bibbidi bobbidi academy. Rory and the magical mix-ups / written by Kallie George illustrated by Lorena Alvarez ̤Gmez.
George, K. (Kallie), 1983- author.
Big truck, little island / Chris Van Dusen.
Van Dusen, Chris, author, illustrator.
Bug on the rug / written by Sophia Gholz illustrated by Susan Batori.
Gholz, Sophia M., author.
Chickadee : criminal mastermind / Monica Silvie [illustrations by] Elina Ellis.
Silvie, Monica, author.
Cornbread & Poppy / by Matthew Cordell.
Cordell, Matthew, 1975- author, illustrator.
Doggo and Pupper / Katherine Applegate illustrated by Charlie Alder.
Applegate, Katherine, author.
Knight owl / Christopher Denise.
Denise, Christopher, author.
Maybe… / Chris Haughton.
Haughton, Chris, author, illustrator.
A mouthful of minnows / John Hare.
Hare, John (Children's book illustrator), author, illustrator.
Not that pet! / Smriti Prasadam-Halls illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw.
Prasadam-Halls, Smriti, author.
Sir Ladybug / by Corey R. Tabor.
Tabor, Corey R., author, illustrator.
The three billy goats gruff / retold by Mac Barnett illustrated by Jon Klassen.
Barnett, Mac, author.
Tomatoes in my lunchbox / written by Costantia Manoli illustrated by Magdalena Mora.
Manoli, Costantia, author.
When Glitter met Glue / story by Karen Kilpatrick illustrated by Germán Blanco.
Kilpatrick, Karen, author.
2023-24 Sunshine State Readers Gr. 3-5
The Area 51 files / Julie Buxbaum illustrations by Lavanya Naidu.
Buxbaum, Julie, author.
Bedhead Ted / Scott SanGiacomo.
SanGiacomo, Scott, author, artist.
Better with Butter / Victoria Piontek.
Piontek, Victoria, author.
The curse on Spectacle Key / Chantel Acevedo.
Acevedo, Chantel, author.
Glitch / Laura Martin.
Martin, Laura, author.
Good dogs on a bad day / Rachel Wenitsky + David Sidorov illustrated by Tor Freeman.
Wenitsky, Rachel, author.
The haunted mustache / by Joe McGee illustrated by Teo Skaffa.
McGee, Joe, 1972- author.
Honestly Elliott / by Gillian McDunn illustrations by Marguerite Dabaie.
McDunn, Gillian, author.
Odder / Katherine Applegate with illustrations by Charles Santoso.
Applegate, Katherine, author.
The Raven heir / by Stephanie Burgis.
Burgis, Stephanie, author.
Secondhand dogs / Carolyn Crimi illustrated by Melissa Manwill.
Crimi, Carolyn, author.
Solimar : the sword of the Monarchs / by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Ryan, Pam Muñoz, author.
Strangeville School is totally normal / Darcy Miller [illustrated by] Brett Helquist.
Miller, Darcy, 1981- author.
Stuck / Jennifer Swender.
Swender, Jennifer, author.
Swim team / Johnnie Christmas.
Christmas, Johnnie, author, illustrator.
2023-24 Sunshine State Readers Gr. 6-8
96 miles / J. L. Esplin.
Esplin, J. L., author.
Born behind bars / Padma Venkatraman.
Venkatraman, Padma, 1969- author.
A duet for home / by Karina Yan Glaser.
Glaser, Karina Yan, author.
Escape / K.R. Alexander.
Alexander, K. R., 1986- author.
Hush-a-bye / Jody Lee Mott.
Mott, Jody Lee, author.
Invisible / written by Christina Diaz Gonzalez illustrated by Gabriela Epstein with color by Lark Pien.
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz, 1969- author.
Linked / Gordon Korman.
Long lost / Jacqueline West.
West, Jacqueline, 1979- author.
The monster missions / Laura Martin.
Martin, Laura, author.
Scout is not a band kid / Jade Armstrong.
Armstrong, Jade, author, illustrator.
Skandar and the unicorn thief / A.F. Steadman.
Steadman, A. F., author.
Treasure tracks / Sallie Anne Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, Sallie Anne, author.
Valentina Salazar is not a monster hunter / Zoraida Córdova.
Córdova, Zoraida, author.
Wayward creatures / Dayna Lorentz.
Lorentz, Dayna, author.
Winnie Zeng unleashes a legend / Katie Zhao.
Zhao, Katie, author.
Florida Teens Read
Ain’t burned all the bright / by Reynolds & Griffin.
Reynolds, Jason, author.
The Mary Shelley Club / Goldy Moldavsky.
Moldavsky, Goldy, author.
All my rage / Sabaa Tahir.
Tahir, Sabaa, author.
Mirror girls / Kelly McWilliams.
McWilliams, Kelly, author.
The Agathas / Kathleen Glasgow & Liz Lawson.
Glasgow, Kathleen, 1969- author.
The cost of knowing / Brittney Morris.
Morris, Brittney, author.
Defy the night / Brigid Kemmerer.
Kemmerer, Brigid, author.
The getaway / Lamar Giles.
Giles, Lamar, 1979- author.
I must betray you / Ruta Sepetys.
Sepetys, Ruta, author.
Live, laugh, kidnap / Gabby Noone.
Noone, Gabby, author.
Roxy / Neal and Jarrod Shusterman.
Shusterman, Neal, author.
We weren’t looking to be found / Stephanie Kuehn.
Kuehn, Stephanie, author.
The weight of blood / Tiffany D. Jackson.
Jackson, Tiffany D., author.