Vol 6 Issue 2 June 6-June 10


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)

TBIC! Book Bag Distributions

Families across the Suncoast region were delighted with their book bags. Connect with your Engagement Team member for upcoming book distribution information!

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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 7th 6:30pm-7:30pm 

The Ringling


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!

Read Everywhere You Go!

There are many ways to make reading a part of each day — even when you don't have time to sit down with a book.

Everyday Moments Can Become Reading Moments

Car or bus trips, errands, waits in checkout lines and the doctor's office are all opportunities for reading. Keep books or magazines in your car, diaper bag, or backpack even if you can't finish a book, read a few pages or discuss some of the pictures. Other reading moments to take advantage of:

  • Before breakfast
  • After dinner
  • Bath time
  • Bedtime
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Connect With Us! 

Join us on Facebook to receive more information about resources, events, and the Summer Reading Challenge progress!

Facebook English: https://www.facebook.com/SuncoastCampaignForGradeLevelReading

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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