Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program & Florida Teens Read Program
The Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (SSYRA) Program and the Florida Teens Read (FTR) Program are statewide reading motivation programs for students in grades K-12. The programs, sponsored by the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), began in 1983. The purpose of these programs is to encourage students to read independently for personal satisfaction, based on interest rather than reading level. The SSYRA Program provides 3 separate book lists for students in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. The FTR Program provides a book list for students in grades 9-12. Students from all over Florida vote for their favorite book in the spring; the author of the book with the most votes wins a prize from the FAME Association.
The SSYRA Junior book list, for grades K-2, is comprised of 10 picture books and 5 beginning chapter books. The SSYRA lists for grades 3-5 and 6-8, and the FTR list, are comprised of 15 fiction chapter books each. Students who read at least 3 of the 15 books on the list for their grade level are eligible to vote for their favorite book in the spring. At FSUS, our students vote on actual voting machines from the Leon County Supervisor of Elections! After we vote, we celebrate with a voting party - K-2 has a Donut Party, 3-5 has an Ice Cream Party, and 6-12 has a Pizza Party. Additionally, students earn a reward for each book that they read:
- K-2 students earn a book sticker for their SSYRA Jr bookmark;
- 3-5 students earn a book charm and a keychain; and
- 6-12 students earn a book brag tag and a keychain.
When students in grades 3-12 finish reading a SSYRA or FTR book, they will complete this Google Form in order to get credit. (Make sure to sign in to your FSUS Google account to access the form.) Please let Ms. Underhill know if you need any help!