Read for the Record

Today millions of children across the world will share a literacy experience.  Students, teachers, parents, and guest speakers will be reading Ezra Jack Keats’s classic book The Snowy Day (AD500L).  The annual Read for the Record celebration, sponsored by Jumpstart and We Give Books, hopes to break the world record for the greatest number of people reading the same book on the same day.  The current record was set last year when 2,019,752 children read or heard read aloud Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Want to join in and be counted? Please visit here. You’ll find more details about the celebration, resources – including Lexile vocabulary activities to accompany The Snowy Day – and information about ways you can help improve literacy. 

The celebration doesn’t end when the record is broken.  All year long, We Give Books  donates books to needy children whenever someone reads a book on their site.  Their collection includes many well-loved picture books for parents and teachers to share with their kids. After October 7, watch for the nominations for next year’s record-breaker.


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