What is the Sunshine State Young Readers Award?
SSYRA is a reading motivation program for students in elementary and middle schools throughout Florida. The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for personal satisfaction, based on interest rather than reading level. Each year, 15 books are carefully selected by a committee of school Media Specialists. There’s a list for students in grades 3-5 and a list for students in grades 6-8. Sunshine State books are selected based on their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Students are encouraged to read books that are above, on, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency.
As students read SSYRA books, they take Accelerated Reader tests and report their scores to the Media Center. Once a student has read 3 of the 15 books, they are able to vote on their favorite. At the end of the school year, all votes throughout the entire state of Florida are collected and tallied and one book is declared the winner! (See above for last year’s winning SSYRA book.) Also, as students read more and more of the books, they will earn rewards for their efforts. For more information about the SSYRA program, please click here!
Battle of the Books
Each year, the elementary schools in the north end of St. Johns County compete against each other in a “Battle of the Books” which tests students’ recall of the year’s SSYRA books. In November, a DCES Battle of the Books team of five students (plus two alternates) will be formed, based on:
Scores on a Battle of the Books tryout process
Number of SSYRA books read (at least 10 books)
More info will be sent home as we approach Battle of the Books season.