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SSYRA Program (3rd – 5th Grade)

   Sunshine State Young Readers Award   

2019 – 2020

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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 and are eligible to tryout for the Battle of the Books team
15 Books Read – students earn a reading medal and are invited to an end of year party

Students may tryout for the Battle of the Books team in January 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 at the end of January to compete and test their knowledge against other elementary schools in St. Johns County.

 The 2019 – 2020 Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award books are:

The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton

Annie’s Life in Lists by Kristin Mahoney

Ben Franklin’s in my Bathroom! by Candace Fleming

The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

Cosmic Commandos by Christopher Eliopoulos

Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner

Ghost Attack by David Lubar

Sled Dog School by Terry Lynn Johnson

Stella Diaz has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Superstar by Mandy Davis

Survival Tails: The Titanic by Katrina Charman

Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley

Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors