On Tuesday, October 21, educators, mayors and community members across the country stopped what they were doing to read a children’s book for national “Read for the Record Day.” The event, launched by Jumpstart, celebrates literacy by aiming to break the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. Read for the Record Day intends to promote literacy to ensure that every student arrives at kindergarten ready to succeed.
In 2013, the campaign set a world record for the largest shared reading experience with more than 2 million people reading Otis by Loren Long all on the same day. This year, the assigned reading material was Bunny Cakes by author Rosemary Wells. The book is a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans.
Since 2006, the campaign has:
- Engaged 11.5 million children
- Raised more than $8.6 million for early education programs
- Provided more than 1.6 million books for children in low-income neighborhoods
Participating in Read for the Record Day is simple. First, pledge to read by filling out a quick questionnaire. Second, by obtaining a copy of the book for that year. Third, set aside some time to read on the selected day. Being a part of Read for the Record Day is easy; you can participate anywhere!
To learn more and find out how to participate in Read for the Record Day in 2015, visit https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/how-to-participate/.
Transform Consulting Group recognizes the importance of promoting literacy engagement activities. Transform Consulting Group worked with United Way of Central Indiana to receive an AmeriCorps grant to expand their ReadUP literacy tutoring program providing children with an individual tutor to help them read on grade level by third grade. Contact us today to help your organization or school align with the latest research and best practices for children and families.