SSYRA and SSYRA Jr.

VRA Media Center Resources and Promotions 19-20

Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program

The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivation program in Florida for students in grades K-8. The program is sponsored by the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) and 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. Together these two programs create our extended independent reading program to help students improve their reading enjoyment, fluency and comprehension. For more information visit the Florida Association of Media Specialists website.
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OCPS | 2019 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books Grades 6-8

Our SSYRA Reward Program at Valley Ridge

Each year students are challenged to read books from the Sunshine State Reader list. There are 15 books on the list for grades 3-5 and 15 for grades 6-8.


To participate in the SSYRA rewards program, students are asked to first read the honor pledge posted in their Schoology VRA SSYRA group.


VRA SSYRA Third Grade

VRA SSYRA Fourth Grade

VRA SSYRA Fifth Grade

VRA SSYRA 6-8


Once students have read a book they can take a Book Taco test here https://booktaco.com/login/.


If they pass the quiz with 70% accuracy or greater, they are eligible to receive their brag tag. Students are asked to take a picture or screen shot or their passing grade and submit it on their VRA SSYRA Schoology group under Discussions and we'll mail you the brag tag.


The following are incentives for reading each of the books at Valley Ridge this year.


3 Books

~Vote for your favorite book in April

~Get a Necklace or Key Ring and the brag tags for each book you have read and passed a Book Taco test

5 Books

~Coupon for an Ice Cream at Chilled Flavors (when we get back to school)
~Add brag tags for each book to necklace/key chain

10 Books

~Invitation to the Ice Cream Party (when we get back to school)

~Add brag tags for each book to necklace/key chain

All 15 Books

~Readers are Leaders photo poster (when we get back to school)
~Add brag tags for each book to necklace

~SSYRA Certificate at the end of the year


Students should already be in their VRA SSYRA Schoology group. Please email Ms. Ayrish-Booysen if you don't have the group on your Schoology or if you have any trouble with Book Taco.

SSYRA Jr. Program K-2

This is 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.For additional information visit the Florida Association of Media Specialists website.
OCPS | 2019 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books Jr. Grades K-2

Our SSYRA Jr. Program at Valley Ridge Academy Grades K-2

Each year students are challenged to read books from the Sunshine State Young Readers Junior list. There are 15 books on the list. 10 of the books are picture books. 5 of the books are chapter books.


We begin introducing kindergartners & first graders to the SSYRA program and books during their media center visits, and in November we begin reading them aloud. All students in K & 1 should have heard at least 3 SSYRA books, which means they can participate in the voting in April.


We kick off our Junior program with second grade in September. Once students have read at least 3 books independently and passed a Book Taco test with 70% accuracy or greater, they are eligible to vote for their favorite book.


To participate in the SSYRA Jr rewards program, 2nd grade students are asked to first read the honor pledge posted in their Schoology VRA SSYRA group.

VRA SSYRA Junior Second Grade


Once students have read a book they can take a Book Taco test here https://booktaco.com/login/.


If they pass the quiz with 70% accuracy or greater, they are eligible to receive their brag tag. Students are asked to take a picture or screen shot of their passing grade and submit it on VRA SSYRA Junior Second Grade Schoology group under Discussions and we'll mail you the charm.




3 Books

~Vote for your favorite book in April

~Get a Necklace and charms for each book you have read and passed a Book Taco test

5 Books
~Add charms for each book to necklace

-Chilled Flavors Ice Cream Coupon (when we return to school)

10 Books

~Add charms for each book to necklace

-Chilled Flavors Ice Cream Coupon (when we return to school)

All 15 Books
~Add charms for each book to necklace and the "I Read Them All" star brag tag

~Invitation to the SSYRA Ice Cream party (after we return to school)

~SSYRA Certificate

MackinVia Ebooks

VRA students and families have access to over 600 e-books and audio books to read via MackinVIA. Most of our eBooks. Some books are interactive, some can be used as a read aloud, while others are simply a standard book to be read online. Families can use MackinVIA to read e-books anywhere they have have access to a computer, tablet or other Internet connected device. In addition books can be downloaded for a 1 week checkout period. Student usernames are their student numbers with the S and the password is the same as the password for school computers or HAC. If you don't know the username and password, you can enter as a guest with the school initials and mascot as the password and leave the location blank.

Click the images below to read the e-books we have from SSYRA 6-8, SSYRA 3-5 and SSYRA Jr. in MackinVia.

Battle of the Books - 3-5 and 6-8

Battle of the Books is an exciting reading competition for 3rd-5th grade students and 6th-8th grade students. Each school in SJCSD will select a team of 5 students to represent their school at the district battle. There will be one team for 3-5 and one team for 6-8. The battles will be held on January 27, 2020 for grades 3-5 and January 30 for grades 6-8.


In order to try out for our school teams, students must read a minimum of 10 current (SSYRA) books by December 1, 2019. On or about December 6, 2019, all eligible students will be given a Battle Test to determine who will be on our VRA teams. The Battle Test will be composed of quotes from each of the 15 books on a given list. Students must determine which book the quote came from.


Students are not required to read all 15 books to be eligible for the battle team. If your goal is to make the team, please see Mrs. Ayrish Booysen for a permission slip to be signed by parents. This permission forms let's parents know that some books on the SSYRA lists may not be a good fit for every student.

Our Reward Sponsor

Thank you to Chilled Flavors for sponsoring our Ice Cream Party. We are so excited to have this business support our SSYRA readers.

Valley Ridge Acadeny Media Center

The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas, information and technology. Creating a foundation for lifelong learning and a love of reading is at the heart of our program.