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Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Launches Community Book Circles With Author Event

Award-winning author Joy Thomas Moore will discuss “The Power of Presence” with community members exploring the book

SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2018) – The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is facilitating a series of Book Circles open to the community to explore “The Power of Presence,” written by Peabody Award-winning author Joy Thomas Moore. Moore will visit the region to kick-off the Book Circle opportunity in an event open to participants held Thursday, Jan. 31 at Pine View School at 7 p.m.

Each book circle will comprise a small group of people reading and meeting regularly to discuss “The Power of Presence,” in which author Joy Thomas Moore reflects on her journey as a single mother and explores the seven pillars of presence. Moore says these pillars are key to being a lingering voice of positive influence on children — even when their parents can’t be with them. 

“Families are facing new, unfamiliar challenges today compared to previous generations,” said Moore, who also serves as a senior communications consultant for the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “Parents are working longer hours or multiple jobs, and more children are being raised in single parent households. Families are changing, but the need to have an indelible presence in the lives and futures of our children has not. I hope ‘The Power of Presence’ sends a message of love and support to any parent facing these challenges while trying to raise great children.” 

Family and parent engagement plays a vital role in the movement to help children read on grade-level by the end of third grade, a key predictor of continued success in school and life. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading works in the region to connect with parents, caretakers and other influencers to promote three important solution areas proven to move the needle on early childhood literacy: school readiness by kindergarten, consistent attendance and access to quality learning activities over the summer.

In addition to an invitation to attend Moore’s author event, The Patterson Foundation will provide Book Circle participants with copies of the book, discussion guides and funds to assist with covering costs. The Patterson Foundation is a long-time supporter of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which guides early childhood literacy efforts in more than 390 communities in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada

“Parents and caregivers are faced with daily decisions as they strive to raise thoughtful, caring, emotionally healthy children,” said Beth Duda, director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for The Patterson Foundation. “Through sharing experiences and hard-earned wisdom with each other, their journey can be made easier. Joy Thomas Moore is bringing to our region tools that all parents can use to positively influence their children. Through Book Circles centered on Moore’s ‘The Power of Presence,’ The Patterson Foundation is investing in parents, caregivers and our community’s capacity to ensure our children’s success.”

People interested in participating in a Book Circle can visit tinyurl.com/y85r298w to join one or tinyurl.com/yaxg4k63 to volunteer as a Book Circle leader. To learn more about the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, visit www.gradelevelreadingsuncoast.net. 

For more information on Joy Thomas Moore and “The Power of Presence,” visit www.power-ofpresence.com

About Joy Thomas Moore 

Joy Thomas Moore is a Peabody Award winner and President and CEO of JWS Media Consulting. Prior to starting her company, Joy worked for 15 years with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children and families in the United States. For more information, please visit www.power-ofpresence.com.

About Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading 

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a communitywide effort in Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota counties to help all children, especially those from low-income families, succeed in school and life by ensuring they read on grade level by the end of third grade. For more information, please visit www.gradelevelreadingsuncoast.net. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

11:00 am

A conversation with Joy Moore and Beth Duda, Director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Q&A and Book signing

Bookstore 1

12 South Palm Avenue

Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 365-7900

Thursday, January 31, 2019

7:00 pm

A conversation with Joy Moore and Beth Duda, Director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Kick-off event for the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s Book Circle project, featuring The Power of Presence.

Pine View School Auditorium

1 Python Path

Osprey, FL 34229

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm est ,  Webinar

It Starts at Home: Perspectives on Raising Caring, Kind Children

from Media Impact Funders

We're delighted to invite you to a webinar featuring two esteemed members of our network—long-tim MIF board member Joy Thomas Moore and The Pittsburgh Foundation's President and CEO Maxwell King—whose latest books offer insights on these questions and more related to early childhood development.

We’ll hear from:

Joy Thomas Moore, President and CEO of JWS Media Consulting and longtime Media Impact Funders board member

Maxwell King, President and CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation

Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President of Program, Ford Foundation

Kristen Burns, Associate Director, Grable Foundation

Nina Sachdev, (moderator) Communications Director, Media Impact Funders

Thanks to our promotional partners National Center for Family Philanthropy and Early Childhood Funders Collaborative.


Monday, September 17, 2018


In Conversation with Joy Thomas Moore, Wes Moore and David Banks, Q&A, Signing

Harlem Children’s Zone

35 East 125th Street - enter @Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10035

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


In Conversation with Joy Thomas Moore and Una McHugh, Q&A, Signing

Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library

25 Flywheel Park W., Piermont, NY 10968

 Friday, September 21, 2018
7:00 pm
In Conversation with Joy Thomas Moore, Wes Moore and Maureen Bunyan, Q&A, Signing
Mahogany Books@THEARCDC
1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020

Saturday, September 22, 2018

6:00 pm

In Conversation with Joy Thomas Moore, Wes Moore and Lissa Muscatine, Q&A, Signing

Politics and Prose Bookstore

5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

7:00 pm

In Conversation with Joy Thomas Moore, Wes Moore and Kai Jackson, Q&A, Signing

Enoch Pratt Free Library@Church of the Redeemer

5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210  

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

7:00 pm

In Conversation with Joy Thomas Moore, Shani Weatherby Moore and

Pam Warner (mother of Malcolm Jamal Warner), Q & A, Signing

Chevalier’s Book Store (doesn’t have to be hyperlinked at this point)

126 N. Larchmont Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90004

Saturday, October 13, 2018

3:00 pm

Joy and guest, Doug Nelson (fmr. President Casey Foundation)

Wisconsin Book Festival 

Room of One's Own Bookstore

315 W. Gorham Street

Madison, WI

Monday, October 22, 2018

6:00 pm

An Evening with Susan L. Taylor and Joy Thomas Moore

Cornerstone Baptist Church, 700 S. Converse Street, Spartanburg, SC

This is a FREE and Family Friendly event. Our very own, Amy Wood will moderate the event.

Visit The Spartanburg County Foundation website at www.spcf.org to learn more about the event.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

In Conversation with Traci Cloyd, News Director and anchor of HOT 105 in Miami.

Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus

300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL  33132

Building 8, Room 8303

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


University of Arkansas 

Public program followed by Q and A and book signing

Clinton School of Public Service


“I’ve known Joy Moore for more than three decades and have always marveled at her strength, determination and devotion to her children.  Anyone who doesn’t know about Joy’s inspirational journey and how she has turned that hard-earned wisdom into valuable insights for parents is in for a real treat. I guarantee that parents will take away powerful lessons to pass on to their children that will help guide them throughout their lives.”—Geoffrey Canada, educator, author, former President of the Harlem Children’s Zone

“A thoughtful exploration of the ups and downs of single parenthood, with insights on how to help raise thoughtful, caring, contributing children.” —Jackie Bezos, President and Co-Founder, Bezos Family Foundation

“This book speaks to the heart of every parent out there who wants to do their very best in raising their children. The Power of Presence provides an insightful, thought provoking and heart felt road map for helping families make that happen.” —Charlotte Lewellen Williams, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy