Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge

Research shows that children who do not read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress. That loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. Reading just six books at the appropriate reading level can prevent the “summer slide” and keep a struggling reader from regressing. In response, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading sponsors the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge to encourage each participating student to read!

Ways to participate!

In 2020, SCGLR introduced THIS BOOK IS COOL! — a series of 100 webisodes to encourage a love of reading. It premiered on June 1, and children across the Suncoast region qualified to receive free books, thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation.

This year’s Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge will once again launch on June 1, so make sure your child is registered! Parents, this isn’t only an experience for the little ones. SCGLR has prepared a special evening just for you on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 6:30-7:30pm. We’ve invited former social worker, professional comedic actress, and current television personality, Linda Larsen, to be this year’s high-energy motivational speaker!

Who can be a part of the 2021 Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge?

If your child is a rising pre-K or elementary school student, they can join through their summer program provider. SCGLR is also directly accepting registrations for qualifying children.

*To register with the Suncoast Campaign, you must:

  • be a resident of Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, or Sarasota counties
  • be entering preK-3rd grade
  • be enrolled at a Title I school OR be eligible for free/reduced lunches OR come from an asset-limited family that can demonstrate need

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? Click here for details and to register in English or Spanish.

More Information

During Summer 2020, to avoid the “summer slide,” SCGLR engaged our four-county region and partnered with 79 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 2020, 5,302 children participated
  • Of 5,302 kids, 4,430 read six or more books!

How many books did 5,302 kids actually read?

Drum roll please…..

  • 94,383 Books!

In partnership with the public school systems, iReady scores were used to determine the amount of summer gains or losses in reading for those who participated through a Suncoast Summer Book Challenge site.

While it’s important that the data from the test scores show an upward trend, it’s worthwhile to note the valuable impact of connections made, of relationships built, and of memories created during the reading challenge can influence a ♥ of learning.

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.” Learn the ins and outs and everything in between about the 2020 Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge, and view sites from 2020 that had zero learning loss or experienced reading gains through the challenge.