COMING SOON: 2021 Read for the Record Book Announcement!
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
Why Early Literacy?
Birth to Five
Children with access to high-quality early education programs enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed.
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.
Jumpstart’s first ever
Read for the Record
Thursday, April 22 at 4pm ET
Check Out Past
Read for the Record Books
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
Thank You, Omu! tells the story of a generous woman who makes a fantastic pot of thick red stew. The scent from her stew travels throughout her neighborhood and brings all of her neighbors together for a meal that everyone contributes to.
News & Updates
Jumpstart for Young Children is seeking a publishing partner for its 16th annual Read for the Record campaign. About Jumpstart for Young Children For over 25 years, Jumpstart—a leading national early education