Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge

Who can be a part of the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge?

Any rising pre-K or elementary school student from Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties can join through their summer program provider. SCGLR will also directly accept registrations for 2,000 children, who will each receive twenty books for their home libraries!
The Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge is promoted through local summer camps and businesses to encourage children to read, reducing the “summer slide.”
Want to explore the possibilities? Email Beth Duda, director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, at

More Information

During Summer 2021, to avoid the “summer slide,” SCGLR engaged our four-county region and partnered with nearly 100 summer camp providers and summer learning academies to encourage a love for reading.
Why? Because nationwide, children from asset-limited families can lose an average of 2 to 2.5 months of reading skills each summer!
  • In 2021, 9,192 children participated
  • 6,926 completed the challenge by reading at least six books
  • Per child, the average number of books read was 19.8
How many books did 9,192 kids actually read? Drumroll please…
  • 182,648 books!
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