3-5 Sunshine State Young Reader Award Program (SSYRA)
The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) is a program co-sponsored by the Office of Library Media and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). Started in 1984, this reading motivation program for elementary and middle school students in grades 3-8, is designed to entice students to read high interest, contemporary literature for personal enjoyment. The long term goal of the program is to nurture lifelong readers who will continue to read for information needs and personal pleasure.
Students who have read three or more books* are eligible to vote for their favorite book in the spring. At the end of the school year, all votes throughout Florida are collected and one book is declared the winner! Students who have read additional books will be eligible for various incentives including brag tags and Otter Box goodies. In order to be a candidate for our school Battle of the Books team, a voluntary challenge, students must read a minimum of 12 current (SSYRA) books*. The Battle of the Books team will compete against other schools in St. Johns County on questions from all fifteen books. Please note that these books are chosen for students in grades 3 – 5 by the state SSYRA state committee* based on the subject and reading level.
Testing and Quzzing Book Content on Book Taco
In order to receive incentives for reading SSYRA books, students must pass the required quiz on corresponding books with a score of 70% or higher, this year on Book Taco. Quizzes will be posted for students to take and submit for grading. Students are required to complete the quizzes prior to the reading deadline to prepare for the Battle of the Books team selections and the competition against other county schools.
Students receive prizes for reading the SSYRA books and a passing Quiz score:
3 Books* = Get your third swag tag and qualify for your favorite SSYRA book in the spring!
6 Books* = Get a sixth swag tag!
9 Books* = Receive your ninth swag tag and get an Otter Box Prize!
12 Books* = Wow, a twelfth swag tag (that’s a dozen) and Otter Box Prize!
15 Books* =Complete your set of swag tags- fifteen, your name will be announced on the morning news show, 8 X 10 photo on the SSYRA Wall of Fame, End of Year SSYRA Celebration.
* Prior to any reading activity requiring particular reading selections, parents are encouraged to become familiar with the books and notify the media specialist for an alternative book selection if a listed state SSYRA book content is a concern for your child.
Click here for the list of 2019-2020 SSYRA books! Each of the titles are available in our school library, the classroom libraries, and the St. Johns County Public Library.