On October 3, 2013, millions of children will listen closely as their teachers, parents, and others celebrate literacy by joining together to read the same book on the same day. This event, called Read for the Record®, is presented by Jumpstart in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, in support of Jumpstart’s mission: to work toward the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.
This year, we will read Otis by Loren Long, a tale of friendship that reminds us that shiny and new is not necessarily better. We invite all champions of reading and educational equity to join us and pledge to read Otis with your students and family at www.jstart.org/readfortherecord.
In honor of Read for the Record®, we asked a few friends (Jumpstart alumni marked with a *) to share their personal favorite children’s book:
Becky Bidwell-Hanson (Greater New Orleans – Louisiana Delta Corps ‘02), national program manager, Jumpstart
The Snowy Dayby Ezra Jack Keats
"When my former first graders asked questions about the lyrics to Jingle Bells, I reached for The Snowy Day to introduce winter weather concept and my Pennsylvania upbringing. Through the book, we shared Peter’s amazement of a world glistening with snow. We talked about how sledding was similar to sliding down the river levee on a sheet of cardboard. Peter’s attempt to save a snowball in his pocket led us straight into science, as we explored states of matter. Combining reading with hands-on exploration made The Snowy Day a meaningful experience for students of all ability levels in my inclusion classroom."