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.

Read for the Record

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

On October 27, 2016, children and adults will gather 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.

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.

Get involved!


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

Use the toolkit

As you plan for the big day, check out Jumpstart's free downloadable resources to help make Thursday, October 27th, 2016 a day to remember! Be sure to check back in the weeks and months ahead for additional resources and materials. In the toolkit, you'll find event promotional materials as well as family and classroom activities and a reading guide to The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.

2016 Book: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

The story

By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich.
But you may not know how it happened.
So let me tell you.
It all started with the bear . . .
So begins Julia Sarcone-Roach’s delicious tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, it’s not until the very end that we begin to suspect this is a TALL tale.

"The illustrations in this book are terrific: color-drenched and bold slashes that cover the pages.” — School Library Journal, Starred review

See a free preview of the book in English and in Spanish. You can buy the book in English or Spanish at the Jumpstart store.

Learn more about author and illustrator Julia Sarcone-Roach, her books, and her illustrations on the official Julia Sarcone-Roach website.

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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