Vol 6 Issue 1 May 30-June 3


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!

Check Out These TBIC! Welcome Videos

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)


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!

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Read Aloud

Even if your child is old enough to read by themselves, reading aloud together is a powerful tool in motivating your child to read. Remember reading should be fun and not a punishment! 

Reading together is fun and can be a great way to bond and connect!

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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