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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. 

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Celebrate literacy and early childhood education!

Every October or November, children and adults will gather to learn, laugh, and read the year’s campaign book, 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.

Sharing high-quality picture books with young children is at the core of Jumpstart’s mission. Each year, Jumpstart selects a campaign book that fosters language and social-emotional development, honors the diversity in our world, has a strong narrative, and appeals to young children. That book is read across the country and around the world by adults and young readers on Read for the Record day.

Visit Read for the Record (opens in a new window) to learn about Jumpstart’s work with children, find out about this year’s campaign, and register to read (opens in a new window).

Jumpstart’s 2023 Read for the Record Day is on October 26th.

This year’s featured book

2023 book: With Lots of Love


By Jenny Torres Sanchez, illustrated by André Ceolin

With Lots of Love is a story about a girl who has moved to the United States from her home in Central America, away from everything she leaves behind and longs for — especially her Abuela. Rocio does her best to adjust to a new way of living, but there are many things she misses from her old life — Abuela’s cooking, Abuela’s piñata creations, Abuela’s warm hugs, and of course, Abuela herself most of all. But Abuela finds a way to send Rocio something special just in time for her birthday — a gift wrapped with lots of love — and that fills Rocio to the brim.

Special edition of With Lots of Love

Every year, Jumpstart works with early education experts and our publishing partner to create a paperback special edition of the Read for the Record book selection. This special edition copy, available in English and Spanish, includes a reading guide and is designed to help deepen children’s understanding of the book and is exclusively available through Jumpstart. Order the special edition (opens in a new window)

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 (opens in a new window) 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.

Browse our reading aloud resource library

Learn more about the many benefits of reading aloud with children, plus tips on engaging, interactive read alouds and links to our recommendations for great read aloud books. Visit our Reading Aloud section