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Baseball by the Books

About Baseball by the Books

Stockton, California has one of the lowest literacy rates in the United States. According to the University of Pacific's 2018 San Joaquin Literacy Report Card, only 39% of children in San Joaquin County read at or above grade level by grade three.

To help address and improve the low literacy rates in San Joaquin County, the Stockton Ports have designed a literacy campaign to help get kids excited about reading. Baseball by the Books had more than 37,000 students register for the 2019 program, representing more than 80 schools in San Joaquin County. Registered schools received a visit from Splash to help promote reading.

The 2019 Baseball by the Books program was held from January 7th - March 1st and resulted in more than 5,000 books read! Congratulations to Mable Barron Schools for having the highest participation rate in 2019! 

Registration for 2020 is officially open! Schools can register now through November 1st. Registered schools have the option to allow their students to get creative by submitting designs for the program bookmark. The 2020 Baseball by the Books reading program dates are Monday, January 20th - Friday, February 28th.


How It Works

  • Participating students receives a special Ports bookmark at the start of the program
  • Splash visits each school during January, February and March to help encourage excitement about reading
  • Teachers set personalized reading goals for each student to achieve during the 6-week program
  • Students who complete the program receive a voucher for two free tickets to their school's selected Ports game

Questions? Please contact the Community Relations Manager, at [email protected].