Vol 6 Issue 8 July 18th - July 22nd


Suncoast Summer

Reading Challenge and TBIC!

Weekly Newsletter



The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading 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 and I have been reading A Boy Called Bat. I just wanted to thank whoever is responsible for this selection. He identifies so much with Bat, and loves reading about a boy like himself!” 

“I just want to say thank you.  We appreciate the books. Every time I go to the store my daughter wants a book and they can be costly. So we are thankful for the books we get from THIS BOOK IS COOL.”

"My son is loving all the books! We read 11 books week 1 and 12 books week 2! He also has 30 minutes of reading at summer camp where they either read themselves the best they can or get read to! Our 3 year old is also enjoying the books!! Thank you!"

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

Hailey's book review: Not Norman #kidsoftiktok #bookreview #notnorman #summerreading #thisbookiscool 

#kindergarden #lovetoread #floridalife #fyp

See the TBIC! webisode for Not Norman

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


This week is National Summer Learning Week a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school ready to succeed!

We are excited to celebrate National Summer Learning Week, and can't wait to see what you have planned! 

A special message from U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel A. Cardona

Summer Camp Fun!

See what camps across the four county region are up to this week

YMCA Parrish United Methodist Church

Catholic Charities Casa San Juan Bosco

Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex

CORE SRQ - Potter Park

DL Randall

Sunshine Learning Academy

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

CORE SRQ - Sarasota Branch

GT Bray




AVE 941

BGC Newtown Estates


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. 

Scenes from the July 12th family engagement night held at Catholic Charities Casa San Juan Bosco and hosted by CreArte Latino Cultural Center!

Click Each Picture Below to Register for Upcoming Events! 

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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!

Make time for reading!

Regardless of how motivated your child is they may not read if there isn't any time to do so. Carve time out of the busy day and dedicate it to reading both together and independently.  

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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