Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award

The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8. 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. Students are encouraged to read books that are above, on, and below their tested reading level in order to improve their reading fluency.

This year Sebastian has a wonderful incentive program for SSYRA Students will receive the following prizes:
For reading 2 Sunshine State Books Students will receive Charms and a Cookie
3-Invite to the Voting Party in March
4-A free Fieldtrip in December to the Imax theater and a goodie bag
6-An invite to a Lock-in party in May and time to use the 3D printer
10-A Battle of the Books T-Shirt
13-A Lego surprise
15-Students who read all 15 will be librarian for a day and be entered in a drawing for a new bike!

The books are available in our library, public libraries, and most book stores. Every student who reads 10 of this year’s Sunshine State books will be invited to participate in the Sebastian Middle School Battle of the Books competition. At the Battle of the Books students will answer questions relating to the titles. The students with the highest scores will become our SMS Battle of the Books team and will represent the school at upcoming district competitions.

There is also an incentive program for reading the Series or Sequels of the Sunshine State Books. See Mrs. Alfiero or Mrs. Dempsey for more information!

Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books


Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

Framed! by James Ponti

The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

The Nerdy Dozen by Jeff Miller

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Omega City by Diana Peterfreund

Randoms by David Liss

Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon

Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubak Bradley