I’M WITH OTIS!
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record on We Give Books

Each year, millions of adults and children around the world gather on a single day to set new reading records to raise awareness for early literacy by joining Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.

Last year, a record-setting 2,465,860 readers around the world joined together on October 3, 2013 to read Otis to support Jumpstart’s mission to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

The day was a huge success for readers everywhere, with fun new ways to celebrate like the Google+ Hangout On Air with author Loren Long, and the Otis Book Parade of celebration photos. Together we also broke the Digital Reading Record, with more than 400,000 people reading online at We Give Books!

Read for the Record

Otis (English)

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Listen to Loren Long read Otis! Read along with Loren Long in this video reading of Otis on wegivebooks.org.


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Customize your messages to show why you’re with Otis, choose your favorite Otis scene background, and share what you make to help the Otis Book Parade grow!

I'm with Otis! I am a good friend because I like to play!

I'm with Otis! I am a good friend because I care about others.

I'm with Otis! I am a good friend because I'm loyal.

I'm with Otis! I am a good friend because I share.

I'm with Otis! I am a good friend because I am kind.

I'm with Otis! I help others when I see a friend in need.

I'm with Otis! I help others when it's my time to work and I do my very best.

I'm with Otis! I help others when I treat others the way I want to be treated.

I'm with Otis! I help others when I comfort a friend who is scared.

I'm with Otis! I am brave when I stand up for what I believe in.

I'm with Otis! I am brave when I try new things.

I'm with Otis! I am brave when I do the right thing even when I am scared.

I'm with Otis! I am brave when I help a friend in need.

I'm with Otis! I am brave when I face my fears.

I'm with Otis! I share when my friend is unhappy.

I'm with Otis! I share when I take turns.

I'm with Otis! I share when I include everyone.

I'm with Otis! I share when I am playing with my pals.

I'm with Otis! I share when I read to others.

I'm with Otis! I work hard when a grown up asks me to.

I'm with Otis! I work hard when there's a job to be done.

I'm with Otis! I work hard when it's my turn to do chores.

I'm with Otis! I work hard when my friend is in trouble.


Read for the Record over the years

About the Read for the Record Campaign

Presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, Jumpstart's Read for the Record annually encourages record-breakers to spread the word that reading with a child before he or she enters kindergarten can improve his or her chances of graduating from high school by as much as 30 percent. With high-profile local events that include civic leaders, teachers, and families; and the widespread support of leading education and literacy organizations, the campaign brings much-needed attention to the early literacy crisis and — in the process — showcases Jumpstart's role in addressing this issue in U.S. preschools.

To find out more about Jumpstart and Jumpstart's Read for the Record, visit www.readfortherecord.org.


About Jumpstart

Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps these children develop the language and literacy skills they need for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained nearly 25,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 100,000 preschool children nationwide. Jumpstart's award-winning program holds a "Best in America" seal from Independent Charities of America. Jumpstart's national sponsors include American Eagle Outfitters, AmeriCorps, Franklin Templeton Investments, and the Pearson Foundation. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Learn more at www.jstart.org.


About the Pearson Foundation

Pearson, the international education and information company, is Sponsor and Founding Partner of Jumpstart's Read for the Record. The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson's commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The Foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. For more information, visit www.pearsonfoundation.org.


About We Give Books

We Give Books (www.wegivebooks.org) is a digital reading initiative from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation that helps children become lifelong readers and givers. Together, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation support literacy by working around the world through programs like Booktime and Jumpstart's Read for the Record, engaging thousands of communities and touching millions of lives.


Millions of adults and children read for the record each year

Read for the Record infographic

Read for the Record