Vol 6 Issue 3 June 13 - June 17


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!


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

Registered for TBIC? Check Out The Videos Below!

Registered for TBIC! In Manatee or Sarasota?  Click the video above! 

Registered for TBIC! In Manatee or Sarasota?  Click the video above! (SPANISH)

Registered for TBIC! In Desoto or Charlotte?  Click the video above!

Registered for TBIC! In Desoto or Charlotte?  Click the video above! (SPANISH)

Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge Blastoff

Families and summer camp staff were recently invited to participate in the summer reading challenge blastoff. Check out the videos below about the importance of caring and helping children become better readers!

Every Opportunity- Atlanta Speech School

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." - Frederick Douglass

Every Kid Needs a Champion- Dr. Rita F. Pierson

"Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be." -Dr. Rita F. Pierson

Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children- Rebecca Bellingham

"Reading a book together with a group of children makes it possible to quiet and focus our screen-obsessed brains, to gather together around a story that shines a light on any number of big issues, and to show up for one another."

- Rebecca Bellingham


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 feeling, share ideas and create your own works of art. 

Click Each Picture to Register! 


Tuesday, June 21st 6:30-7:30pm

Origami Art - Kuniko Yamamoto

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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!

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Even if your child is old enough to read by themselves, reading aloud together is a powerful tool in motivating your child to read!

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Reading is one of the most important skills a child can master. There is a strong connection between reading skills and overall academic and life success. Research shows that children can lose two months or more of reading skills over the summer, if they are not reading regularly. 

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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