Read for the Record

Jumpstart celebrated the 13th annual Read for the Record on October 25, 2018, with the book Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael López. Read below to learn more about the 2018 celebration, and stay tuned for updates about Read for the Record 2019!

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 October 25, 2018, 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

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!

For Families

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

Our 2018 Read for the Record Partners & Sponsors

Eager to Learn More about Read for the Record?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn more about the world’s large shared reading experience.


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

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