Jumpstart’s Read for the Record

About Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon

Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang is a celebration of cultural symbols, family, and self-affirmation.

When Amy Wu’s class is making their own dragons at craft time, Amy creates a dragon with a long, wingless body, stag-like horns, and eagle claws, but her friends don’t think it’s a real dragon. Then Amy tries making dragons that look like theirs, but none of them feels quite right. After school, a story from Grandma sparks new inspiration, and together with her family, Amy finally makes a dragon that feels right for her.

About Read for the Record 

Jumpstart’s 16th annual Read for the Record is a high-visibility annual fall campaign engaging over 2 million participants who aim to:

  • Increase awareness about the critical importance and impact of early literacy
  • Make high-quality children’s books accessible for all children
  • Provide support for Jumpstart for Young Children’s work with early learners in underserved communities across the country

This year, we recognize that things look and feel differently than they have before and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is committed to meeting you where you are: at home, in the classroom, in your communities, in person and virtually. Updates that we are currently working on include:

  • Strengthening global community connections
  • Increasing accessibility to the selected campaign book

Sharing high-quality picture books with young children is at the core of Jumpstart’s mission.

Each year, Jumpstart selects a campaign book that fosters language and social-emotional development, honors the diversity in our world, has a strong narrative, and appeals to young children. That book is read across the country and around the world by adults and young readers on Read for the Record day.

Read for the Record Special Edition

Jumpstart’s team works with our selected publishing partner to create a special paperback edition of the campaign book with exclusive content.

Available in English or Spanish
• Activity guides and resources that bring the book to life
• Tips for reading with young children
• Vocabulary words
• Comprehension questions

2021 Read for the Record Book

2021 Read for the Record Theme Song

Meet our new Read for the Record partner – award winning children’s musical-duo Wendy and DB. Together, we bring you the Read for the Record theme song!


Contact our Read for the Record team via email.

Why Early Literacy?

Birth to Five

Children with access to high-quality early education programs enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed.

Lifelong Impact

Long-term outcomes of high-quality education programs include higher high school graduation rates and higher earned salaries.

$1 Spent = $13 Saved

High-quality early education programs provide the greatest return on social investment documented in social science. Every dollar invested saves taxpayers up to $13 in future costs.

Who Can Participate

Whether you’re leading an individual classroom or engaging an entire community, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a powerful way to come together around for the power of reading. Schools, libraries, museums, and other organizations help bring Jumpstart’s Read for the Record alive in communities around the world. From large group readings in school auditoriums to story hours and community-wide reading festivals, Read for the Record is truly an opportunity to rally your school, library, or larger community around the importance of high-quality early learning experiences.

How to Participate

The best part about Read for the Record is that everyone is invited to join in on the fun! No matter where you live or how old you are, all you need is a copy of the official campaign book or access to a computer with internet. 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 plan to read with in our record-breaking total.

Learn how you can participate, here!

Read for the Record Official Presenting Sponsor

Our 2021 Read for the Record Publishing Partner

Our 2021 Read for the Record Sponsors

Our 2021 Read for the Record Partners

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

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