Vol 6 Issue 6 July 4th - July 8th


Suncoast Summer

Reading Challenge and TBIC!

Weekly Newsletter



The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is is a community-wide effort serving Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties focusing on School Readiness, Attendance, Summer Learning, Family Engagement and Health Determinants. Research shows that children who do not read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress. In response, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading sponsors the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge to encourage each participating student to read! The Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge is implemented by SCGLR and promoted through local summer camps and businesses to encourage children to read, reducing the "summer slide". In addition, THIS BOOK IS COOL! is a series of 100 webisodes to encourage a love of reading.This summer more than 3,000 children from across the Suncoast region will receive free books thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation!


What Parents Are Saying About TBIC!

"My son will be in 1st grade the coming up school year and he has already read 11 books including the ones for this summer reading that was sent home, I’m very impressed on how happy he is to see the different book choices and he enjoys me reading them to him and I ask him questions at the end to see if he was actually listening and what’s going on through the book as I read it to him and he does and this will help him during 1st grade.” 

“They are enjoying your books. Thank you guys so much for everything you do.”

“I just wanted to add- that was a great motivational speech for me to watch! It really touched me and honestly brought a tear to my eye! My mom never read to me as a kid and I don't care too much for reading myself as it is hard for me to bring a book to life and I have always struggled and HATED that part of school growing up(because I always failed) I have learned the importance of reading over the last few years with having my daughter but just learned the importance of reading out loud even when they are not a kid anymore. THANK YOU!”

Check out this cool TikTok book review from kindergartner Hailey W! 

Hailey's book review: Red-Eyed Tree Frog #kidsoftiktok #bookreview #redeyedtreefrog #summerreading #thisbookiscool #kindergarden #lovetoread #floridalife #fyp

TBIC! webisode featuring the book Red-Eyed Tree Frog with host Beth Duda and special guest Anastasia Sallen. 

Click the picture above to access all the THIS BOOK IS COOL! Webisodes!

Summer Camp Fun!

Summer camps across the four county region are learning and having fun! 

YMCA SKY Englewood Academy

(Above) Bright Beginnings

(Below) Rocket Phonics - Imagine Charter School at Palmer Ranch

Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex

YMCA Bayfront Center

(Below) AVE 941

BGC Rogers

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading is a community-wide effort serving Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties!

YMCA Charlotte Harbor

Bradenton Dream Center

(Below) Dive into Reading-Gecko's Pub & Grill SR70

(Above) YMCA Franz Ross

(Below) BGC Robert & Joan Lee

(Above) GT Bray 

(Below) BGC Lee Wetherington


Join THIS BOOK IS COOL! host Beth Duda and various artists for interactive family activities, sponsored by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and The Patterson Foundation. Families will have fun and explore thoughts and feelings, share ideas and create your own works of art. 

Click Each Picture Below to Register for Upcoming Events! 

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Tuesday, July 12th 6:30-7:30pm

CreArte Latino

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Tuesday, July 26th 6:30-7:30pm

Spoken-word Poet, Cedric Hameed

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Tuesday, August 2nd 6:30-7:30pm Wholehearted Education - Jessica DiLorenzo

Everyday Summer Reading Fun!

Keep it fun!

Reading together  should be enjoyable. As you read with your children, keep them involved by asking questions about the story. Use funny voices and talk about the characters!

Reading is one of the most important skills a child can master.

Keep books readily available at home, in the car, wherever your day takes you!

Share Your SSRC and TBIC!  2022 Highlights!

We want to highlight your child or camp during the 2022 Suncoast Summer Reading Program. Share with us how you are connecting, learning, sharing, evolving and strengthening through the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge! Tweet about each of your summer reading activities and successes using #SummerReading #SummerSlide #THISBOOKISCOOL! @SuncoastCGLR@readingby3rd @ThePattersonFoundation @summerlearning

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