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When was Jumpstart's Read for the Record  last held?
The 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® was held on Thursday, October 27th, 2016.  
 
 
What book was read?
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach published by Random House Children’s Books 
 
 
What is Jumpstart’s Read for the Record?
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® is a national campaign launched over a decade ago that helps address educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten. Each year, Jumpstart selects one children’s book as the catalyst for Read for the Record. Read for the Record inspires adults to read with children, spurs policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education, and puts books in the hands of more children across the country. 
 
 
How many children and adults have participated in the campaign? 
Since 2006, this 24-hour celebration has mobilized over 19 million people. Help us break the world reading record (again!) for the most people reading the same book on the same day.       
 
 
How many people read with Jumpstart in 2016?
In 2016, over 2.35 million children and adults from around the world read The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach.
 
Does Jumpstart hold the world reading record?
Yes! In 2013, Jumpstart broke the world reading record by reading with 2,462,860 children and adults. 
 
What was The Bear Ate Your Sandwich about? 
Julia Sarcone-Roach’s The Bear Ate Your Sandwich is the tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, that you will not see the surprise ending coming!
 
Can I still get a special edition of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich?
Yes, to order special editions of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, featuring reading tips, vocabulary words, and more, visit the Jumpstart Store. To place an order of 50 or more copies of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, and learn more about exclusive discounts, email us at rftr@jstart.org
 
 
Who can participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record
Children and adults worldwide can be a part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.
 
 
How do I register to read?

Registration for 2016 is now closed, but stay tuned for announcements about 2017!

 
What does registering to read mean?
When you register to read, you’ll receive campaign news and updates on all things Read for the Record. Plus, we’ll include the number of children and adults you anticipate to read with in our record-breaking total. Signing up is easy and only takes a few minutes!
 
 
How do I report the total number of people that I read with on October 27? 
Report the total number of children and adults you read with using our online form.
 
 
What resources are available for the campaign? 
From certificates to stickers and reading guides, check out our Toolkit to download free resources and activities as you plan and prepare Read for the Record
 
 
What is Jumpstart? 
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that is leveling the playing field so that all children are ready for kindergarten. We recruit volunteers and partner with preschools in under-resourced communities to help children develop the language and literacy skills they need to set them on a path for academic and lifelong success. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained 40,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of 87,000 preschool children nationwide. Learn more about how Jumpstart works wonders with children here. 
 
How do I make a donation to Jumpstart? 
 
How can I contact someone regarding Jumpstart’s Read for the Record?
We’re here to help! Email us at rftr@jstart.org.