Inspire your kiddo to become a confident reader!

Reading is one of the most important skills your child can master. There is a strong connection between reading well and overall academic and life success. Research shows that children who do not read regularly can lose two months or more of reading skills over the summer. Reading just six books at the appropriate reading level during the summer can help your child soar during the school year.

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PreK Kindergarten 1st-grade 2nd-grade 3rd-grade


THIS BOOK IS COOL! is a series of 100 webisodes to encourage a love of reading. Qualified children signed up for THIS BOOK IS COOL! will receive up to 20 books, thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation​. THIS BOOK IS COOL! begins June 1, but those who do not hear about it right away will not be excluded. All who qualify can register until week 7. Children who do not qualify can still participate, but will not receive FREE books.

*To qualify for THIS BOOK IS COOL!, you must be:
↪ A resident of Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, or Sarasota counties
↪ Entering grades PreK–3
↪ Enrolled at a Title I school or eligible for free/reduced lunch
↪ Not enrolled in a summer camp or summer program already participating in THIS BOOK IS COOL!

What you provide:
• Registration of each child
• Weekly updates of how many books each child has read

What SCGLR provides with THIS BOOK IS COOL! (grades PreK–3):
SCGLR will provide a series of webcasts entitled “THIS BOOK IS COOL!” Each week, two books per grade level will be featured (grades PreK–3). The webcast for each book will include:
— A special guest sharing five reasons why this book is cool
— Six vocabulary words and a suggested activity that is connected to the book
— THIS BOOK IS COOL! activity guide with step by step instructions for each featured book
— Bracelets and brag tag rewards for the children