Are you celebrating Jump Start's Read for the Record this year? Every year kids all over the United States try to break the record for the most children reading the same book on the same day.
This year's book is Otis by Loren Long.
In conjunction with Read for the Record, our county teams up with the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. We have a coin drive competition between each of the schools and the winning school gets $100. The local Ferst Foundation also works with the high schools to send guest readers to elementary schools to help read the Read for the Record book. It is usually up to the Media Specialist to assign those readers to classrooms who want to participate. This year, I was also able to recruit our former principal who retired last year to come back and read, too. The kids are going to be so surprised!
The local Ferst Foundation also donates 10 copies of the Read for the Record book to be given to the classrooms who participate. It's a fun way to celebrate reading. This year, we were also given a hardback copy of the book to add to the library collection. It's a great partnership and although it does take some coordinating, it worth it.
This year I am also going to give every student a book during Read for the Record week, just to celebrate reading even more. Over the summer I applied for and was awarded a book grant from the First Book company.
I was able to get 3 different books in different quantities, 480 books in all, and only paid .65 per book to cover shipping. We have 487 students, so I will have to come up with 7 more books, but I have plenty of books that I ordered from Scholastic that I could use.
I added a special label inside each of the books so that they would not get mixed up with classroom books and I am encouraging teachers or students to put names inside since the books will all look alike.
It is my hope that these books will get the students "Wild About Reading!" The funny thing is when I ordered these books, I didn't realize they were all some type of animal book...which goes perfect with the "Get Wild About Reading!" theme of the year. I love it when that kind of thing happens!
So are you planning on participating in Read for the Record this year?