From the beginner reader’s selections to Harry Potter and beyond, research shows that how well you prepare your child at home with reading determines their lifelong, academic success.
Unfortunately, there are millions of children in the U.S. that lack this support and are set for failure early in their education. These are children that grow up in homes without books, are not exposed to a quality education and have a high school drop out rate of 10-15%. Although this early education achievement gap is a big national problem, everyone could make a difference by taking a pledge to “Read for the Record" with Jumpstart, a national early education organization.
On Thursday, October 6th, parents, educators and leaders from across the country will come together to end and reform this education gap by reading Anna Dewdney’s, Llama Llama Red Pajama. Entering it's fifth year, the "Read for the Record" campaign has already sponsored more than 800,000 books for children in low-income communities and redefined what it means to read to your kids each day. During the last round, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats was read with a record-breaking 2,057,513 children.
This year's event is expected to exceed that, which depends on your pledge to stand up for children by sitting down to read.