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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.

In 2022 16 schools participated in Baseball by the Books, with nearly 9,000 students working towards their personalized reading goal.

Registration for 2023 is officially open! Schools can register now through December 15th. Registered schools have the option to allow their students to get creative by submitting designs for the program bookmark that will be given out to every participant! The 2023 Baseball By the Book program will be starting in January, and will go through the month of March.

How It Works

  • Participating students receive a special Ports bookmark designed by a participating student.
  • Splash visits each school during March and April 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 James Cole, Community Relations Manager, at (209) 644-1962 or [email protected].