Jumpstart’s Read for the Record

TJX is committed to delivering great value to our communities by helping vulnerable families and children access the resources and opportunities they need to build a better future. As part of that commitment, TJX is proud to be the Exclusive Presenting Sponsor for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, which brings together over 2 million adults and children around the world each year to read the same book on the same day in order to raise awareness about the critical importance of early literacy and access to high-quality books. In addition, TJX’s grants support a Book Grant Program to donate up to 10,000 books directly to undeserved communities across the country.

As part of our commitment, TJX is proud to be the exclusive Presenting Sponsor for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. This annual event brings together over 2 million adults and children around the country to raise awareness about the critical importance of early literacy and access to high quality books by reading the same book on the same day. – Jesse DePatsy, VP, Store Operations Director

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How to Participate in Read for the Record

  1. Order a copy of Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang! (Use code TJX2021)*

  2. Read the book to a child on October 28

  3. Record your participation (make sure to note TJX as your organization)

  4. Share pictures of you reading: community_relations@tjx.com

  5. Check out these free activities and learning resources

*Book Delays: Due to a lack of shipping containers and unexpected port closures affecting the entire book publishing industry, Jumpstart’s campaign books are currently estimated to arrive and begin shipping the first week in October.

Available online October 18 – November 1 on Glose.com

How to access:

1. Log into the TJX Glose account:

  • Username: tjx2021
  • Password: amywu2021

2. Locate the “Books” section on the left-hand side of the page

3. Click “see all” to access all three special editions of Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon (English, Spanish and Mandarin)

4. Under your preferred book, click either “resume reading” or “read now”

Looking for another way to experience Amy Wu’s story?

Follow along with author Kat Zhang’s read aloud in the video below

Check Out the Special Edition Book

Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang is a celebration of cultural symbols, family, and self-affirmation.
When Amy Wu’s class is making their own dragons at craft time, Amy creates a dragon with a long, wingless body, stag-like horns, and eagle claws, but her friends don’t think it’s a real dragon. Then Amy tries making dragons that look like theirs, but none of them feels quite right. After school, a story from Grandma sparks new inspiration, and together with her family, Amy finally makes a dragon that feels right for her.

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

More About Jumpstart’s 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

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.

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.

Questions?

Contact our Read for the Record team via email.

Our 2021 Read for the Record Partners & Sponsors

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

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