The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivation program in Florida for students in grades 3-5. 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. Sunshine State books are also Accelerated Reader books. Together these two programs create our extended independent reading program to help students improve their reading enjoyment, fluency and comprehension.
Parents please note that these books are chosen for students in grades 3 through 5. Some of the books may be better suited for your child than others. I encourage you to become familiar with the books and if there are any books that you are not comfortable with your child reading please let us know. More information about the books are available on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award website at www.myssyra.org.