How to Participate

Each year, Jumpstart selects one book to be our official Read for the Record book, to highlight the importance of early literacy and celebrate the power of reading. We work with a publishing partner to create a special edition of the book that includes additional reading tips and guiding questions to help bring the story to life, engage young readers in discussions about the book, and to boost their understanding and enjoyment of reading.

Then, on Read for the Record day (November 7, 2019), we invite everyone around the world to read with us! Teachers read with their classrooms, families read with their children, volunteers host special events at their local libraries and community centers, and even entire cities get involved, with mayors, police officers, sports team mascots, and others dropping into Read for the Record events to help celebrate.

Here’s how you can join the fun:

Get the Book

When you order your copy of the special edition campaign book Thank You, Omu! to read with us on November 7, you’ll also be helping to support Jumpstart’s work in communities around the country.

Buying 1 book? Buying books for an entire school? No problem! All orders large and small can be placed on our web store. Order before July 31st to receive our 10% Early Bird Discount. Additional discounts are available for bulk orders and can be seen on the product listing. Pre-order now!

Pledge to Read

Now that you have your books ordered, let us know how many people you plan to read with — whether its 2 readers or 2,000, we can’t wait to read with you! Click here to pledge to read with us. 

Plan your Event

However you celebrate the power of reading, your participation in Read for the Record helps put more books into the hands of children. Individuals may read at home or visit their child’s classroom as a guest reader, while corporations may plan community-wide reading days and purchase books to donate to local organizations. Check back for resources to help you plan an event in your community!

Spread the Word

Read for the Record is the world’s largest shared reading experience, bringing people across the country and around the world together to read the same book on the same day and share the joy and connection of reading. Share this page or use our social media tools to tell your friends and family about Read for the Record and invite them to join! Check back soon for resources to help you spread the word.

Raise $$$ to Support Read for the Record

Show your support for Jumpstart’s early literacy efforts by starting your own fundraising team on Facebook.

Stay Connected

Follow the campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and share photos and updates about your event using the campaign hashtag #ReadfortheRecord

Read with us on Read for the Record Day

Mark your calendar for November 7, 2019!

Let Us Know How You Did

After reading, report the total number of children and adults you read with on the big day to help us tally our total as we try to beat our own record for most people reading the same book on the same day.

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

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