Jumpstart’s Read for the Record

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Jumpstart’s 19th Annual Read for the Record Day

Join us on October 24, 2024 as over two million readers and thousands of classrooms, libraries and communities come together to celebrate early literacy by reading Piper Chen Sings by Grammy Award-Winning Hamilton star Phillipa Soo and Maris Pasquale Doran

Jumpstart’s 2024 Read for the Record Book Selection: Piper Chen Sings by Grammy winner and Tony-nominated actress Phillipa Soo, Maris Pasquale Doran and illustrated by Qin Leng.

Piper Chen Sings is a story about a young girl who loves to express herself through singing but is struck with self-doubt and nervousness when asked to perform a solo in front of an audience. Piper tells her Nai Nai that she felt “like butterflies were having a dance party” in her belly; she doesn’t feel she can sing in front of others without making a mistake. Thankfully, Nai Nai teaches Piper that feeling butterflies means “something exciting was ahead” and that recognizing and welcoming that anxious feeling would help it pass. Nai Nai’s advice empowers Piper, who finds her voice on stage.  


Books are scheduled to ship in early September.

2024 Read for the Record Book

Piper Chen Sings

Meet Our 2024 Read for the Record Co-Authors, Phillipa Soo and Maris Pasquale Doran

Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo is an actor and singer, best known for originating the role of “Eliza” in Broadway’s critically acclaimed “Hamilton”, which earned her Emmy and Tony nominations and a Grammy win. She has appeared in many other plays and musicals, including “Cinderella”, “Camelot”, “One True Loves”, and “Over the Moon”. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Steven Pasquale. Piper Chen Sings is Soo’s first book.  

Maris Pasquale Doran is a licensed social worker who works as a private psychotherapist and as a lecturer at Columbia University. Piper Chen Sings is her first publication. She resides in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and two children. 

Meet Our 2024 Read for the Record Illustrator, Qin Leng

Qin Leng is a visual development artist in addition to being an illustrator and author of children’s books. Her work has included “A Day for Sandcastles, “I am Small”, and “Clover”, which won the prestigious Governor General Literary Award. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son. 

I am thrilled and grateful that Jumpstart has chosen Piper Chen Sings for their Read for the Record campaign this year. I have often been asked, ‘If you could say anything to your younger self, what would it be?’ Piper Chen Sings is certainly an answer to that question. This book comes straight from the heart and is inspired by my own life and experiences—a little girl who loves to sing but is overwhelmed with nervousness about singing in front of others. Piper Chen Sings is our first book, and Maris and I are so proud to share this heartwarming story with the world. I hope Piper gives comfort to readers who may be navigating their own complicated feelings and inspires them to pursue the things in life that give them joy.

-Phillipa Soo

Reading aloud with young children provides positive experiences that ignite their imaginations and help them build a greater understanding of the world.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is the world’s largest shared reading experience, celebrating early literacy and supporting children’s early language and social-emotional development. The annual initiative raises awareness of the critical importance of early literacy and access to inclusive, high-quality books through shared reading. Over the course of 19 years, more than 28 million people have participated in Read for the Record, and Jumpstart for Young Children has distributed millions of high-quality books to children through the program. 

This year, Jumpstart’s 19th Annual Read for the Record Day will be held on October 24, 2024. Millions of people will come together that day to read Piper Chen Sings co-authored by award-winning actress and singer Phillipa Soo and Maris Pasquale Doran and illustrated by Qin Leng. Thousands of schools, libraries, and community organizations will celebrate early literacy by reading this empowering story of self-expression, overcoming self-doubt, and the ways family relationships can support us.

We hope the themes of building confidence and embracing family history to navigate challenges  in Piper Chen Sings will inspire, connect, and empower young children and adults all year long.  



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All proceeds from Read for the Record support Jumpstart’s work to increase early education access for young children in underserved communities. Jumpstart delivers research-backed programming directly to children; works to grow and train the next generation of early childhood educators; and advocates for more equitable policies in the early education sector. Learn more about our impact.

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Read for the Record Exclusive Presenting Sponsor

Read for the Record Impact Partners

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

Read for the Record Official Publisher

Random House Studio Penguin Random House

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