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 November 7, 2019, children and adults will gather to learn, laugh, and read this year's campaign book, Thank You, Omu! written and illustrated by Oge Mora, 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:

2019 book: Thank You, Omu!

Book cover for Thank You, Omu!

Omu is an elderly woman who makes a fantastic pot of thick red stew. The scent from her stew travels all throughout her neighborhood and brings all of her community members over to her home for a taste. By the end, she shares a lovely feast with her neighbors where everyone contributes to the meal.

Learn more about Oge Mora on her official website.

"A memorable tale of community"

― School Library Journal, starred review

 

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Gracias, Omu!

Activity guides for Thank You, Oma!

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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