Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) Program


The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivation program in Florida for students in grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8. 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.   Sunshine State books are also Accelerated Reader books. Together these two programs create our extended independent reading program to help students improve their reading enjoyment, fluency and comprehension. Please read the new information regarding the SSYRA and AR Reading program at LPA for the 2016-2017 school year. Parents please note that these books are chosen for students in grades 3 through 5 OR grades 6 through 8. Some of the books may be better suited for your child than others. I encourage you to become familiar with the books and if there are any books that you are not comfortable with your child reading please let us know. Information on the books is available on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award website at .

The Battle of the Books is a contest based on the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program.   Each St. Johns County school selects a team of five students and two alternates to participate in the competition for both grades 3-5 and 6-8. In order to be a team member, students must follow the plan for the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program appropriate for their grade level and study the books in order to become an ‘expert’ on each book before the competition.  The winning district team will receive a trophy and be recognized throughout the district as Battle of the Books Champs. The LPA team members will be rewarded as outlined in the Sunshine State program for LPA.

Elementary and Middle School Sunshine State Books 2017-2018

Open the PDF file for a list and description of the Sunshine State books for Grades 3-5. Open the PDF file  for a list and description of the Sunshine State books for Grades 6-8.


Please see lists above for the specific 3-5 list and/or 6-8 titles.