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Jumpstart's Read for the Record®

Thank you for being a part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign that was launched over a decade ago to address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten. On Thursday, October 27, 2016, over 2.35 million children and adults gathered to learn, laugh, and read this year's campaign book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, as part of the world’s largest shared reading experience, and we are delighted that Read for the Record once again inspired adults to read with children, spurred policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education, and put books in the hands of more children across the country. Stay tuned for announcements about 2017!

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Past Highlights


Book Selections


The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Ladybug Girl & the Bug Squad by David Somen & Jacky Davis
Otis by Loren Long
Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett



Josh DuhamelLL Cool J
Tiffani ThiessenMatt Lauer
Bridget MoynahanVince Vaughn


PearsonToo Small to Fail
TargetTommy Hilfiger
Candlewick PressFranklin Templeton
The 50 FundStarbucks