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Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® (RFTR) is an annual campaign that was launched over a decade ago to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills for EVERY child, so that all children have the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. Each year, millions of children and adults are brought together to read in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the world. Each year, Jumpstart selects one children’s book as the catalyst for Read for the Record.

Jumpstart is celebrating our 13th annual Read for the Record on October 25, 2018!

Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell illustrated by Rafael Lopez, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation—and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!

Since 2006, this 24-hour celebration has mobilized over 20 million people!
Yes! In 2013, Jumpstart broke the world reading record by reading with 2,462,860 children and adults.
Children and adults worldwide can be a part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.

You can pledge to read with us here!

When you pledge 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!
Our team is busy creating certificates, stickers, reading guides, and more! Stay tuned for updates on these reading resources.
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 45,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of nearly 100,000 preschool children nationwide. Learn more about how Jumpstart works wonders with children here.

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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