Monday, May 14, 2012

Sunshine State Young Reader's Award 2012-2013

In Texas we have the Blubonnet and Lone Star lists. In Florida we have the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program.

The new lists were recently announced:

From the SSYRA page:
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.
Here are the book requirements:
  • Be Fiction
  • Have an author who lives in North America.
  • Be appropriate for students from all around the state of Florida in grades 3 to 5 and/or 6 to 8.
  • Have a Copyright Date of 2009 or Later.
Students (grades 3-8) vote on a favorite title. There are two lists, one for elementary and one for middle. This school year the winner for both lists was Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

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