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Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® is a national campaign launched over a decade ago that helps address educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten. Each year, Jumpstart selects one children’s book as the catalyst for Read for the Record. Read for the Record inspires adults to read with children, spurs policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education, and puts books in the hands of more children across the country.

Jumpstart is celebrating the 12th anniversary of Read for the Record this year on Thursday, October 19th, 2017.

The 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® was held on Thursday, October 27th, 2016.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, published by Random House Children’s Books.
Since 2006, this 24-hour celebration has mobilized over 19 million people. Help us break the world reading record (again!) for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

In 2016, over 2.35 million children and adults from around the world read The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach.

Yes! In 2013, Jumpstart broke the world reading record by reading with 2,462,860 children and adults.
Julia Sarcone-Roach’s The Bear Ate Your Sandwich is the tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, that you will not see the surprise ending coming!
Yes! To order special editions of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, featuring reading tips, vocabulary words, and more, visit the Jumpstart Store. For questions on orders and other information, please email us at rftr@jstart.org.
Children and adults worldwide can be a part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.

Registration for 2016 is now closed, but stay tuned for announcements about 2017!

When you register 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 anticipate to read with in our record-breaking total. Signing up is easy and only takes a few minutes!
From certificates to stickers and reading guides, email us for free resources and activities from the 2016 Read for the Record campaign.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that is leveling the playing field so that all children are ready for kindergarten. We recruit volunteers and partner with preschools in under-resourced communities to help children develop the language and literacy skills they need to set them on a path for academic and lifelong success. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained 45,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of nearly 100,000 preschool children nationwide. Learn more about how Jumpstart works wonders with children here.

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

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