Vol 6 Issue 5 June 27 -  July 1st


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!

"Our little ones are on the mend and have had so much fun with the books. They have each read three or had three read to them so far! We decided to make this week's theme "Fish" for our summer camp at home. Two of the books the kids had borrowed for this! They made and decorated a fun fishing game and had contests to see who could catch their six fish the fastest and just enjoyed "fishing" in general. They also traced and painted with watercolors a fish. Lastly, they made cupcakes and decorated them like fish. Thanks again for a great program!

 TBIC! Parent 

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

Summer Camp Fun!

Summer camps across the four county region are in full swing! 

The Imagination Station

(Above) Sunshine Learning Academy

(Below) YMCA Neil Armstrong Elementary

Sarasota County Schools - Emma E Booker Elementary

DL Randall Foundation

(Below) YMCA Venice ELC

Girls Inc 

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

CORE SRQ - Potter Park

(Above) Gocio Elementary School- Sarasota County Schools 

(Below) Imagine School at Palmer Ranch

(Above) BGC Family Service Center (Port Charlotte)

(Below) Anna Maria Oyster Bar Dive Into Reading  (Ellenton location) The Bishop Museum, OBricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar


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!

Show your child you enjoy reading, be a reading model!

Children often mimic parent behavior. When your child sees you enjoying reading, they will want to read as well!

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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