SSYRA Program (3rd – 5th Grade)

   Sunshine State Young Readers Award   


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The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading program for students. 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.

At TCE, 3rd 4th and 5th grade students earn incentives for participating.

3 Books Read – students vote in April for their favorite book
5 Books Read – students earn a first level prize
10 Books Read – students earn a second prize
15 Books Read – students earn a reading medal, are invited to an end of year party and are eligible to tryout for the TCE Battle of the Books team.

Students may tryout for the Battle of the Books team in April if they have read all fifteen books.  The Battle of the Books team consists of five players and two alternates.  The team travels to a nearby location in May to compete and test their knowledge against other elementary schools in St. Johns County.

 The 2016 – 2017 Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award books are:

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells

Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles by E.S. Farber

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Daryle Conners and Elise Allen

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Pet War by Allen Woodrow

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

 Prarie Evers by Ellen Airgood

Serafina’s Promise by Ann Burg

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks