The JMS Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) Program

logo_colorThe Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8. The program, cosponsored by the School Library Media Services Office of the Department of Education and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), began in 1983.

The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8. The program, cosponsored by the School Library Media Services Office of the Department of Education and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), began in 1983.

The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for personal satisfaction, based on interest rather than reading level. Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation.

Students are encouraged to read books that are above, on, and even below their tested reading level in order to improve their reading fluency and develop a love for reading. (Some information taken from the FL DOE Instructional Media Center website.)

Every year, fifteen books are chosen. The deadline for reading all 15 books and passing the Accelerated Reading test on each one will be May 1, 2018.

Students who read and pass tests on at least three books by April 1, 2018 will be eligible to participate in the voting for the best book.

Students who read and pass tests on all 15 books by the deadline will receive special recognition as well as great prizes!

Visit the library to check out copies of all of these great SSYRA books, look for titles online or borrow them from your teachers.

 

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