Get ready for this year’s Read for the Record, taking place this Thursday, October 3. Sponsored by Jumpstart, in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, this event encourages people across the country to come together to read a children’s book. This year’s Read for the Record book is Otis by Loren Long. The goals of this annual one-day event are:
- To promote the issue of early childhood literacy
- To ensure that every child is prepared to enter school ready to learn
- To set a record for the number of people reading the same book on the same day
Since the first Read for the Record in 2006, 9 million children have participated in the event. Last year, 2.3 million people across the country came together to read Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis.
Check out Jumpstart’s website for more information and great ideas for putting on your own Read for the Record event at your library. The website features activity guides for this year’s book, Otis, steps for planning your event, promotional ideas, and more. This is a great event to help highlight the importance of early childhood literacy in your community, and it’s a fun time for kids to gather together to cultivate a love of reading.