This year, Jumpstart is celebrating our 14th anniversary of Read for the Record® on November 7, 2019, with the book Thank You, Omu!
Thank You, Omu! tells the story of a generous elderly woman who makes a fantastic pot of thick red stew. The scent from her stew travels all throughout her neighborhood and brings all of her community members over to her home for a taste. By the end, she shares a lovely feast with her neighbors where everyone contributes to the meal.
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.
Join the fun and pledge to #ReadfortheRecord with us on November 7, 2019, to celebrate the amazing power of reading.
Reading aloud with children — whether in the classroom, at home, or in the community — builds literacy and language skills and creates positive 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
On October 25, Jumpstart’s 13th Read for the Record saw celebrations across the nation and in 59 countries! Maybe Something Beautiful inspired amazing conversations, brought local officials and celebrity guest
Each time I read this year’s Read for the Record book, Maybe Something Beautiful/Quizás Algo Hermoso by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael López, I am
October 23, 2018 (BOSTON) — On October 25, 2018, millions of adults and children across the country will come together to read the same book on the same day to
In October 2013, Broward County, Florida, officially launched its “Broward Reads for the Record” partnership with Jumpstart. With this initiative, Broward County Public Schools and the Children’s Services Council of
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