Read for the Record!
Posted October 3, 2011on:
October 6, 2011 is a national day of reading!
Founded at Yale University in 1993 to draw attention to literacy and advocate for the critical need of books for preschool children in low-income neighborhoods, Jumpstart was launched as a way to involve everyone in the mission of literacy for all children. Jumpstart is a national initiative (which has become an international success!) that spearheads and organizes a countrywide campaign to highlight the incredible ways that early reading skills put children on a path of life-long success.
In 2006 Jumpstart introduced a widespread and very public annual day of reading; Read for the Record. Each year Jumpstart designates a beloved and exciting children’s book that is read by millions of children and readers all over the world! “In 2006, we launched the first Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign with our Founding Partner, the Pearson Foundation. We began the morning of that campaign day on NBC’s TODAY Show, which has become a proud tradition.”
Classic children’s literature such as The Little Engine That Could, Corduroy and The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been read with children throughout this annual event. During last year’s campaign The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats was read with 2,057,513 children creating the largest shared reading experience in history! Child care centers, schools, community groups and families focus on reading and all of the skills and pleasure that are part of reading with a child.
This year’s Read for the Record book is Llama Llama red pajama by Anna Dewdney. It is a delightful story about a worried little llama being tucked in bed by his mama. He needs to know – where did she go after she tucked him in? Sweet illustrations and simple rhymes tell a story all too common at bedtime! Look in the library, maybe you have this book at home, purchase the story for a little one you love or go to the Jumpstart website and access Llama Llama red pajama online to read with your family. Join us on October 6, 2011 as we Read for the Record!
Read with your children on October 6th and then read with them each and every day after that. Snuggle up on the couch, read a story at bedtime, turn pages on the grass outside and draw your child into wonderful stories of letters and words and pictures…stories that tell them about little puppies and giant mountains. It will make a difference that lasts a lifetime.
“Let’s read the same book. The same day. With children all over the globe. What began as a big idea has become a record-breaking annual campaign!” Jumpstart
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director