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Jumpstart's Read for the Record

Jumpstart's Read for the Record is a national campaign to bring young children together with valued grownups in their lives to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world. Celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education!

Read for the Record

On October 25, 2018, children and adults will gather to learn, laugh, and read this year's campaign book, Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael López, as part of the world’s largest shared reading experience.

Read for the Record inspires adults to read with children, spurs policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education, and puts books in the hands of more children across the country.

Visit Read for the Record online to learn about Jumpstart's work with children, find out about this year's campaign, and register to read.

What you'll find here:

2018 Book: Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful

What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation — and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!

This is a true story of transformation, based on the work of two exceptional people committed to art and social justice. Rafael and Candice López turned the alleys of the East Village in San Diego into art canvases, and the darkness of their neighborhood into a world of possible hope and beauty.

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Maybe Something Beautiful

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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