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Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) and Florida Teens Read (FTR): Program Descriptions

This guide includes links to the recent Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program and Florida Teens Read program books.

Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program

"The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency. Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. The SSYRA committee is comprised of 20 qualified school librarians located throughout the state of Florida, subdivided into two committees- grades 3-5 and grades 6-8" (SSYRA - FAME).  

More information can be found here

Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. (SSYRA Jr) Program

"Welcome to the newest reading award program sponsored by FAME: the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. (SSYRA Jr)! The mission of the SSYRA Jr. program is to develop student 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. Students will be eligible to vote in the spring after listening/reading at least three of the books. The winning author and illustrator will be recognized at the annual FAME conference" (SSYRA Jr - FAME).

More information can be found here.

Florida Teens Read (FTR)

"Teens in Florida read and Florida school librarians know it! The Florida Teens Read (FTR) program is a student- choice reading award program to determine which YA book wins the annual award as the favorite of teens in Florida. The reading list is comprised of fifteen titles that have been chosen by a committee of twelve school librarians specifically to engage high school students (grades 9 through 12) in reading and reflect their interests as well as represent a variety of genres, formats, reading levels, viewpoints, and ethnic and cultural perspectives.  The committee meets in the spring to select the fifteen titles to comprise the next school year's list. They then immediately start to read YA books for the following year's list. In October, at the FAME annual conference, the committee narrows down the long list of hundreds of titles they have read that have a publishing date of the current and previous year to the short list of seventy-five titles. In the late spring, the committee meets again to discuss which books will make the final list of fifteen titles, taking into account their students' opinions as well student reviews" (Florida Teens Read). 

More information can be found here.