SSYRA Reading Programs

The Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-5 and 6-8. The program, co-sponsored 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 just 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 below their tested reading level in order to improve their reading fluency and have a greater exposure to literature.
SSYRA 3-5 2019-2020 Book List

SSYRA 6-8 2019-2020 Book List
The mission of the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. Program is to develop Kindergarten through Second Grade students' interest in reading for pleasure by exposing them to a wide range of appropriate literature. Sunshine State Jr. books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Students are encouraged to listen to these books read to them, read them in a small group setting, or read independently to develop skills in fluency and comprehension.
SSYRA Jr K-2 2019-2020 Book List

At Rymfire students can participate in these programs in a variety of ways to be able to vote on their favorite, collect brag tags, compete in a battle of the books competition, reading celebrations and more.