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 (October 25, 2018), 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 Maybe Something Beautiful to read with us on October 25, you’ll also be helping to support Jumpstart’s work in communities around the country. Click here to pre-order your book!

Bulk discounts are available to large groups and school districts ordering 50 books or more. Click here to place a bulk book pre-order (50+ books).

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. Click here for help planning an event in your community, or to check out other ways you can get involved.

Once you have your event scheduled, plan some activities to extend the celebration with our free activities and resources.  Click here for activity guides, bookmarks, and more to celebrate reading Maybe Something Beautiful. 

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! Click here for resources such as Save the Date event posters, social media tips, and others to share your event.

Raise $$$ to Support Read for the Record

Show your support for Jumpstart’s early literacy efforts by starting your own fundraising team on Crowdrise or FacebookClick here to learn more.

Stay Connected

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

Read with us on Read for the Record Day

Mark your calendar for October 25, 2018!

Let Us Know How You Did

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