Jumpstart's Read for the Record

Jumpstart's Read for the Record is a national campaign to bring preschool children together with valued grownups in their lives to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world.

Read for the Record

Celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education!

On October 22nd, more than 2.5 million children across the country will read the children's book Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, by Kelly Bennett, in support of Jumpstart's mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

Reading Rockets is pleased to be a Read for the Record national campaign partner!

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Jump in and get involved


Visit the Read for the Record website to learn about Jumpstart's work with children and find out about this year's campaign. Learn more >

Pledge to read

Pledge your time to share this wonderful story with a child in your life, and together we'll set a new record for the world's largest shared reading experience. Pledge to read and you'll also receive updates about new activities, programs, and our special campaign book. Pledge to read >

Spread the word

Add a snappy Read for the Record-focused signature to your e-mail. Here's a basic example: [Your organization] is proud to participate in Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign.

2015 Book: Not Norman: A Goldfish Story

Not Norman: A Goldfish Story

The story

Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, is a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend in an unexpected place. Norman the goldfish isn't what this little boy had in mind. But when Curtis tries to trade Norman for a "good pet," things don't go as he planned. Could it be that Norman is a better pet than he thought?


Guides and activities

Official Kelly Bennett website

Learn more about author Kelly Bennett, read her blog, explore resources for parents and educators, and more. Visit website >

Author Kelly Bennett reads her picture book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story

Tips on reading aloud

Reading aloud with a child is a joyful experience and also a wonderful opportunity to help children build vocabulary, background knowledge, and comprehension skills. It should include lots of two-way conversation about what's happening as the story unfolds. Learn more about how to have a great read aloud experience in these Reading Rockets articles:

Starting young

Learn more about why it's so important to read aloud to kids, starting at a very young age, in this video clip from our show Toddling Toward Reading.

Children's authors read aloud

Some of our favorite poets and authors — Jarrett Krosoczka, J. Patrick Lewis, Julianne Moore, Mem Fox, Ashley Bryan, Patricia McKissack, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Julie Andrews, and others — read aloud from their own stories. Everyone brings their own style to read alouds and that's what makes them so much fun for kids.

About Jumpstart


Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network.

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