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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 the 12th anniversary of Read for the Record this year on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Liz Wong’s Quackers is a delightful story that follows a kitten who grows up believing he’s a duck, until the days he meets another kitten. What follows is a sweet tale about understanding, acceptance, and learning it’s ok to be whoever you want to be.
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. Click here to report your numbers after reading Quackers !
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.

Registration for 2017 is now open! Click here to register and preorder your copy of Quackers today!

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!
Our team is busy creating certificates, stickers, reading guides, and more! Stay tuned for updates on these reading resources.
On October 27, 2016, Jumpstart celebrated the 11th anniversary of Read for the Record. The official 2016 book was The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, published by Random House Children’s Books. This story is the tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park.
You can still order special editions of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by visiting the Jumpstart Store.

In 2016, over 2.35 million children and adults from around the world read The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach.

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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