Jumpstart’s 2013 Read-for-the-Record sets a new record!

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Jumpstart’s 2013 Read-for-the-Record campaign sets a new record while sharing the story of OTIS, the little tractor and his friend, written by Loren Long.  

Each fall, readers from around the world show their support for early childhood literacy by reading, giving, sharing – and record-breaking – on WeGiveBooks.org. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is an annual campaign to raise awareness for the importance of early childhood literacy by setting a new world record for the largest shared reading.

Watch the promotional video for this year’s book selection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4uykLrVnu0&feature=youtu.be

“Otis” by Loren Long is the book which was the featured selection for Jumpstart’s 2013 Read for the Record campaign. Children across the nation heard this book read to them via teacher, guest readers, parents, grandparents, caretakers and friends on October 3rd – in classrooms, living rooms, parks, and wherever you might find people who care about children’s progress. The book can be read online as well as in person, in different languages, or via video with the author. Here’s a 5-minute video link which features Loren Long, the author, illustrating and discussing his works:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdUIu0D02pI

K & 1st grade class listening to Otis

At last count, the record number of children read to on October 3rd was over 2 million 400 thousand!  Won’t you join the group by exploring the We Give Books website? Their various seasonal efforts provide lots of opportunities to link up with others who have similar interests in promoting reading for our young people.


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