Jumpstart and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Partner to Promote Early Literacy Through Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®

Jumpstart is pleased to announce a new partnership with global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Books for Young Readers division to celebrate the power of reading with young children through Jumpstart’s 13th annual Read for the Record campaign. Read for the Record is a national effort to raise awareness about the need for high-quality early learning for all children and the transformative power of books and reading to impact student learning and engagement.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, this year’s book selection, Maybe Something Beautiful, by F. Isabel Campoy and‎ Theresa Howell, and illustrated by Rafael López, celebrates the magic that can happen when a community comes together to create something beautiful and bring about change – a fitting metaphor for a campaign that features thousands of events in communities across the country each year. Home to award-winning adult and children’s literature, HMH is also a leading K-12 provider, building learning solutions that impact millions of teachers and students daily.

The Read for the Record campaign culminates on Oct. 25, 2018, when adults will come together to celebrate Read for the Record Day by reading Maybe Something Beautiful to young children in their communities and being part of an attempt to beat the world record for most people reading the same book at the same time. Since 2006, this 24-hour celebration has mobilized over 19 million people in support of early education and literacy, including celebrity ambassadors such as Josh Duhamel, Bridget Moynahan, LL Cool J, Maya Angelou, Mandy Moore, Julianna Margulies, and more.

The book’s illustrator, muralist Rafael López, helped to kick off the Read for the Record announcement today with a live broadcast from downtown San Diego in front of the very mural that helped to inspire the creation of this wonderful children’s book. “Isabel, Theresa, and I are so honored that Maybe Something Beautiful has been selected for the Read for the Record program!” says López. “After reading, I hope children find their own creative ways to make something beautiful in their communities. There are so many ways they can make the world beautiful.”

A limited number of special-edition copies of Maybe Something Beautiful will be sold exclusively by Jumpstart. Special editions will be available in paperback in both English and Spanish and will feature reading tips, vocabulary words, reading comprehension questions, and activity guides developed by Jumpstart’s team of early education experts. All proceeds help bring Jumpstart’s program to preschool children in under-resourced communities across the country.

“Read for the Record shines a bright spotlight on the invaluable role adults can play to support children’s learning and relationships by reading aloud with them – helping children to make sense of the world around them, develop empathy, and ignite their imaginations,” explains Naila Bolus, President and CEO of Jumpstart. “This year’s book selection celebrates that imagination and creativity in such an inspiring way, and I can’t wait to see this story come alive during the campaign this fall.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Jumpstart on this year’s Read for the Record campaign, and to play a role in its crucial mission to build children’s literacy skills,” says Catherine Onder, SVP and Publisher of HMH Books for Young Readers. “The ideas expressed in Maybe Something Beautiful, about the transformative power of art and how small actions can bring people together, couldn’t be more timely or important. With its real-life inspirations, this is a story that lets children know that they have the ability to make a difference.”





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