Vol 6 Issue 4 June 20 - June 24


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!

"This program is so great. We took several days to read Fish is Fish and Caps because we are doing all the sight words together for practice."

"My son walks through his whole day, everyday with a book in his hand. He will read them 2-5 times before he switches to a different one and usually runs between 5-7 different books a day.”

"So far, my daughter has read 13 books! That is including two of the "This Book is Cool" books. Very much enjoyed the books and activities so far!"

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! 

Bizzy B2 Summer Camp

(Above) Bradenton Dream Center Summer Camp

(Below) YMCA Bayfront Center Summer Camp

YMCA Venice ELC Summer Camp

(Above) Ave 941 Summer Camp

(Below) St Joseph Catholic School Summer Camp 

Kinnan Summer Camp

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

BGC Roy McBean Summer Camp

(Above) CORE SRQ Summer Camp

(Below) Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex

(Above) BGC Gene Matthews Summer Camp

(Below) Anna Maria Oyster Bar Dive Into Reading Summer Program (Cortez, Landside, Ellenton locations)

More Summer Camp Fun! 

Check out this camp highlight video from Charlotte County Schools Summer Camp


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. 

June 7th Family Engagement Event with

The Ringling

Click Each Picture Below to Register for Upcoming Events! 


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!

Let your child choose the books they'd like to read.

Plan regular trips to the library and let your child choose books that interest them. A librarian can help steer them in the right direction too!

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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