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 21st, more than 2.5 million children across the country will read the children's book Bunny Cakes, by Rosemary Wells, 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.

2014 Book: Bunny Cakes

Bunny Cakes

The story

Bunny Cakes is a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans, by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells. It's Grandma's birthday, and both Max and his bossy sister Ruby are making her a cake. Ruby's cake will be a magnificent angel raspberry-fluff creation while Max plans to create a cake chock-full of earthworms and Red-Hot Marshmallow Squirters.

Teacher's Guide to the World of Rosemary Wells

In more than 60 picture books, Rosemary Wells addresses universal childhood experiences. Her irresistible characters, like Max and Ruby, invite other readers to explore their own feelings. Get teacher's guide >

Official Rosemary Wells website

Learn more about author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, discover how to host a Max and Ruby birthday party, explore resources for parents and educators and much more. Visit website >

Rosemary Wells: A Writer's Secret

Children's book author and illustrator Rosemary Wells talks about how successful children's literature appeals to the heart of the child — and to the sense of humor in adults.

Literacy activities from Reading Rockets

Reading adventure pack: Cooking

Reading Adventure Pack: Cooking

Go on a "cooking" reading adventure! This Reading Rockets reading adventure pack is designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books.

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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