Sunshine State Young Reader Programs 2021

  • Each year the Florida Association of Media in Education (FAME) produces the Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program, a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades six to eight. It is a collaborative effort between the Florida Association of Media in Education (FAME) and the Florida Department of Education (DOE).​ 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.


    Each year a list of 15 books are published. Books are nominated for the list and a committee panel decides on which ones are chosen for the year. All students have an opportunity to submit a book for nomination. There is a nomination box located in the library. Students write the title of a book they would like to nominate and place it in the box.


    The MMS library has a few programs that are based around the SSYRA book list. They are the IMASH Book Bash, SSYR Challenge and the SSYR end of year celebration.

    IMASH Book Bash

    At the time of this update, I am not sure if there will be an IMASH Book Bash. I will work with my collegues to see how this can be accomplished. Information will be posted on this website in future.

    SSYR Classroom Challenge

    Students who have read three or more SSYR books are invited to the end of year celebration. Students' participation is tallied from a list and an invitation to the celebration is sent to student in their classrooms. In this complicated year I will do my best to celebrate in some way.

    SSYR End of Year Celebration

    The end of year celebration will take place on Friday, April 23, 2021. Details on celebrations will come at a later date. In this complicated year I will do my best to celebrate in some way.




  • SSYR Classroom Challenge

    The SSYR classroom challenge is a way for students in each class to pool together their reading power and compete for prizes. The top three class periods to read the most SSYR titles is eligible for a prize. When students finish a SSYR book, they complete the online exit pass and fill out a paper book cutout to post on the bulletin board in the main library. In this way, all students can see where they stand in the competition. The classroom competition results are tallied April 14th. The clarroom celebration takes place on Friday, April 17th. But don't worry, if you didn't get a chance to win in the classroom challenge you can still be invited to the end of year celebration on Friday April 24th. 

    Get started reading!!

  • SSYR End of Year Reading Contest

    Students are encouraged to read. As an incentive an end of year book celebration will be held April 24, 2020. In order to be invited to the celebration a students must have read at least three SSYR books and completed the online exit pass. Students will be notified by invitation to the end of year celebration. 

  • SSYR Book Bowl

    On March 26, 2020 all middle schools will gather to compete in the district wide book bowl. This is a collaborative competition available to any Murray student who has read three or more SSYR book titles. Teams of three compete in rounds related to each SSYR book. Most schools have at least 10 students in the competition and from all grade levels. For each round students can switch to answer questions related to the book they know the most about. There are prizes and a trophy awarded to the winning school.

    If you are interested in this competition please see Mrs. Creber in the media center. The last day to sign up is March 2, 2020.