Read for the Record

This year, Jumpstart is celebrating our 14th anniversary of Read for the Record® on November 7, 2019, with the book Thank You, Omu!

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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.

News & Updates

Why Early Literacy?

Birth to Five

Children with access to high-quality early education programs enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed.

Lifelong Impact

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.

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!

Activities & Resources

Already planning a Read for the Record event in your classroom or community? Check out our materials page.

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 2019 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.

Questions?

Email us at rftr@jstart.org and a member of our team will get back to you shortly.

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

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