THIS BOOK IS COOL!

THESE BOOKS ARE COOL! — THIS BOOK IS COOL! End of Summer Feedback

The end of summer always brings a pang of sadness, along with the gleeful anticipation that comes with a new school year. It also brings incr…
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The Stars Aligned at Dive into Reading Camps

Editor’s Note: Photo courtesy of Ray Collins.   The Stars Aligned at Dive into Reading Camps I woke up one summer morning and had an ove…
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Registration Is Open

Editor’s Note: Register for THIS BOOK IS COOL in English or Spanish.   Registration IS open!  Such exciting words. But when preceded by …
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THIS BOOK IS COOL! and Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge Data Narrative

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) has been described as the elephant within The Patterson Foundation’s (TPF) zoo of initi…
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A Heartwarming Story of Impact

Editor’s Note: This story came to us through THIS BOOK IS COOL! summer connector, Renée Isrel.  The names in the story have been changed at t…
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THIS BOOK IS COOL! — The Sequel

Summer 2021. Check! That’s a wrap. Yes, it’s 90 degrees outside today. Yes, it still feels like summer. Yes, this has been a summer like no o…

Summer Learning Teamwork, a Pursuit of Excellence in Action

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) centers our work around five pillars: School Readiness (the 0-5 years) Attendance Summ…
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Dreams Really Do Come True

It was the summer of 2018, and Charlotte County applied for and joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in partnership with the …
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Connecting with Books: Practical Nuggets

Often families are looking for practical ways to share books with their children. They ask about ways to bring books and learning to life, in…
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Tomorrow.

Recently, I had the honor of helping put together the Run of Show (think party planning!) for our two summer blast-off events, THIS BOOK IS C…

Overheard While Preparing Books

Editor’s Note: If you are interested in volunteering with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, please visit SCGLR’s events calendar…
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Crafting with a Purpose

Editor’s Note: Registration for THIS BOOK IS COOL! 2021 will open on March 22. I’ve always been one to appreciate a creative outlet, but I ha…
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SCGLR Summer 2021, Full Steam Ahead!

Recently, 25+ engagement team members hopped on Zoom to begin diving into the upcoming Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge. You’d probably imag…
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DeSoto students “Dive into Reading” to prevent the summer slide

When the pandemic struck in early March, school districts across the nation had to make the swift transition to virtual learning. In rural De…
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Leave the Summer Slide on the Playground

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Port Charlotte Sun on September 19, 2020. Angie Matthiessen is the executive director …
Photo: Two children sitting inside a car showing off thier new books.

This Book Is Cool! Program Fights the Summer Slide and the COVID-19 Slump

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Early Learning Nation. K.C. Compton is a Seattle-based journalist enjoying life as a …

The Heart of Philanthropy

When I think about philanthropy, I often ponder the systems, the actors, the intricacies behind giving (of time, talent, treasure, and testim…
Photo: Abby Rolland, TPF Fellow 2020/21 in front of her book shelf with two books from THIS BOOK IS COOL!

A New Program, Extraordinary Work, Endless Possibilities

On August 3, 2020, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) uploaded its 100th webisode of THIS BOOK IS COOL! (TBIC). Spanning t…
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