Read for the Record
Jumpstart is excited to announce the book selection for our 13th annual Read for the Record on October 25, 2018! This year’s book is Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael Lopez. We can’t wait to read with you!
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record brings together millions of people each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the US. This annual campaign 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.
2018 Read for the Record Book: Maybe Something Beautiful
What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation—and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!
Pre-orders of the special Read for the Record editions (both English and Spanish) begin April 30th!
Read with us to help shine a light on the importance of closing the kindergarten readiness gap by building early literacy and language skills for EVERY child.
Reading aloud with young children — whether in the classroom, at home, or in the community — builds literacy and language skills and provides positive reading experiences that instill a love of reading.
Children with strong literacy and language skills are more likely to succeed in kindergarten, and a love of reading can foster a love of learning that will benefit children for years to come.
News & Updates
Maybe Something Beautiful named 2018 Read for the Record selection BOSTON (APRIL 24, 2018) — Jumpstart is pleased to announce a new partnership with global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Books
On October 19th, Jumpstart’s 12th Read for the Record saw celebrations in all 50 states and readers from over 60 countries! Quackers created inspiring conversations, brought out local officials and
More than a decade ago, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® was born as a way to bring attention to the importance of early literacy for young children. Without high-quality early
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. Click here to learn how to get involved!
Stories hold endless potential to develop a child’s imagination, help build a greater understanding of the world, and cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Reading together as a family can help jumpstart your child’s curiosity and comprehension. Learn More
For Schools, Libraries, & Large Groups
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. Learn More