Vol 6 Issue 9 July 25th - July 29th


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!

"After reading the Narwhal Unicorn

of the Sea book we received from you, we went to the library and got 3 others from the series. Thank you for introducing my daughter to this wonderful book!"

“The girls are so excited for their stories every night. This is such a wonderful program."

“Thank you so much for this program. I am an avid reader and seeing their interest in reading pick up is phenomenal.”

"I’m so glad we signed up. My son never enjoyed me reading to him before but something finally clicked and now he’s memorized half the books!”

See the webisode for Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea

 Check out this awesome This Kid Is Cool, video parody featuring summer learners from across the four county region!

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


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!

Check out how camps across the four county region celebrated National Summer Learning Week!

Click the above video to hear the summer reading pledge in action!


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 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

Summer Camp Fun!

The fun and learning continues across the four county regions

BGC Newtown Estates

BGC Lee Wetherington


YMCA Venice

Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex

City of North Port - GMAC Summer Camp

Manatee County-Braden River Elementary

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

BGC Louis & Gloria Flanzer

BGC Gene Matthews

YMCA Englewood

Everyday Summer Reading Fun!

Celebrate Reading Achievements!

As your child finishes a book, celebrate it! Whether it’s a high five or a special treat, celebrating your child’s reading achievements is an effective and fun way to boost their confidence.  

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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