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Read for the Record and Gymboree

I just love reading and have quite a collection of books. Its the one thing that I just love to do even if it's just looking at the picture. Books can take you to a whole new world and there is so much to learn just from reading or looking at the picture in a book. Today I want to talk to you about Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” the world’s largest shared reading experience. As the official sponsors of childhood, Gymboree has supported Read for the Record since its inception; and, this year, they’ll be hosting multiple reading events at their stores on October 21. They’ll be reading together to generate awareness on the importance of early education and Jumpstart’s mission to prepare every child in America to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Here are some facts and event details:

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps develop language and literacy skills in low-income neighborhoods.  The organization works towards a day when every child enters kindergarten with the language skills they need to succeed.  Read for the Record is the world’s largest shared reading experience. Each year, families and organizations around the world read the same book, on the same day, to promote literacy.

This year, they will be reading the selected book – Bunny Cakes – in each Gymboree, Gymboree Play & Music, Crazy 8, and Janie and Jack retail locations.  Readings will take place at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

Check out this year’s celebrity ambassador, Josh Duhamel, talking about Read for the Record.

So how do you get a copy of the book Bunny Cakes so you can join along?

Jumpstart has partnered with their friends at issuu to bring Bunny Cakes to your computer, smartphone, or tablet....for FREE! The book will be available on the Jumpstart website for 24 hours in both English and Spanish on October 21. If you can't wait until the 21st you can download a preview right now to tide you over.

I'll be getting my copy so I can go into the Gymboree store and read along. I hope you'll be able to join in with us. Let's all read together!

Annmarie John
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  1. What a fun thing to do. Reading is much more fun when it can be shared with others.

  2. This is great to know about! My daughter just turned 4 and she is constantly asking me to read to her. I'm so glad that both of my children love reading!! "Readers are leaders" ....!

  3. Great to know. My son is just practicing how to read on his own, this looks like a great book.

  4. Love this! My youngest son is in Kindergarten and learning to read. I can't wait to read Bunny Cakes with him on the 21st.

  5. Our school has participated in Read for the Record for several years. This year the teachers found the book a bit too juvenile for the older kids so we are looking for another one for them. We are definitely participating on October 21st. The Kindergarteners and 1st graders will hear Bunny Cakes, but the older classes will listen to something else.

  6. What a fun idea for the little kids, Bunny Cakes sounds like the perfect book. I love reading incentive programs like this because it gets kids reading and that's very important.

  7. I love anything that encourages kids to read, and we used to love Rosemary Wells books when my kids were little. Josh Duhamel looks adorable as that bunny!

  8. What a really fun idea! I wonder if there's one near me. Anything that encourages reading for my kids I'm all for, this would be fun!

  9. How fun that Gymboree has this reading program at their stores. I need to tell my Stepdaughter so she can take our Grandkids. Both of them love reading.

  10. How sweet! I love Gymboree clothing and I'm glad they're doing a reading program.

  11. I am going to have to download this book on Tuesday and read with my niece. I love Gymboree but don't shop there too often.

  12. What a great program. I will have to set a reminder to download the book. Kiddo loves a good story even if some of them are meant for younger kids.

  13. This sounds like a great event! Especially since my kids are huge Max & Ruby fans!

  14. What a super fun idea! I will be sure to grab the book and try to get to Gymboree with my daughter.

  15. I remember watching Max and Ruby with my 8 year old when he was younger, this looks like a fun event!


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