Bug Squad members teamed up to set two new World Reading Records!
Each year, millions of adults and children around the world gather on a single day to set a new reading record and to show their support for early literacy by joining Jumpstart's Read for the Record.
On October 4, 2012, 2,385,305 children and adults read together to set a new World Reading Record and to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy! 369,948 of those readers took part on WeGiveBooks.org to break the Digital Reading Record- a 500% increase from last year’s record!
The 2012 Jumpstart’s Read for the Record book was Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, written by David Soman and Jacky Davis.
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.
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.