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.


    A list of 15 books are published by FAME. 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 during the prior year. 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. Results are communicated by Mrs. Creber with FAME representatives.


    The MMS library has two programs that are based around the SSYRA book list. They are the IMASH Book Bash and the SSYR end of year celebration. For the 2020-2021 school year our MMS library will offer programs for the SSYR end of year challenge. Look for the IMASH book bash to resume next year.


    SSYR End of Year Celebration

    The end of year celebration will take place on Friday, April 23, 2021. Students will receive an invitation to the library/media center on Friday, April 23 at 3:20 PM for the celebration.

    At this time, celebration is looking like students meet in the library the last 20 minutes of 7th period that day (assuming no testing is taking place) Snacks are provided. We will talk about the books they liked the best, what recommendations they may have for the next SSYR list.

     Anyone reading five or more SSYR books will receive an invitation to the end of year celebration.



  • 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. 

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  • 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.