Reading event designed to challenge world record

Lygia Stebbing, the Bay Area director of the nonprofit Jumpstart is kicking off “Read for the Record” at the San Francisco Public Library at 10 a.m. Thursday. The organization invites adults across America to read with young children and set the world record for the number of children reading the same book in a single day.

How many adults and children do you expect will participate in the San Francisco event? More than 10,000 children will be participating throughout The City and we have over 100 registered events to date. There will be 250 children at the main event, along with approximately 150 adults.   We have distributed 6,500 books to low-income [children under 5] in The City.

What book will the kids be reading? “They Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

What is the national record you’re hoping to set? More than 1 million children read to at once.

What is Jumpstart’s mission? Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

What can people do to make an impact and make sure more young children grow up reading? Read, talk and play with your child every day. Make frequent trips to the library, it’s free and accessible.  Connect with your local schools and be actively engaged in your community.  You can also volunteer for Jumpstart!

— Juliana Bunim

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