Read for the Record

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Join people all over the world this Thursday, October 8th to participate in the Read for the Record in an effort to promote childhood literacy!  The mission of Read for the Record, which was started by Jumpstart in 2006, is to get children across the globe to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world.

The book this year is (one of my personal favorites) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

The Early Literacy Program, a supported partner of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, is supporting the efforts of Jumpstart locally to reach as many children and families in Orange County. The mission of the Early Literacy Program is to ensure that all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school by encouraging families and caretakers of young children to “Read Early. Read Aloud.”

How can you get involved you ask?  Let me tell It’s easy and fun!

* Be counted: Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to any little ones you know. To make sure you are counted, pledge to read today!  Click HERE to sign up to be counted!

* Buy your book: Visit a bookstore near you or go to to buy a limited edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You can also print these coupons and visit Barnes & Noble stores to get special discounts and support ELP.

* Sponsor a book: Help jumpstart a child’s library. Visit for more details.

* Come out to local Read for the Record events throughout Orange County on Oct. 8, 2009

Westfield Main Place Mall
2800 N. Main Street; Santa Ana CA 92705
10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The first 100 families to sign up for Westfield’s WFamily program at the Westfield Main Place Mall will receive a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Volunteers will be reading to children, giving away books, and sharing literacy tips with families. 

Barnes and Noble, Metro Point
901 South Coast Drive, Suite 150, Costa Mesa, CA
10a.m. to 2p.m.

Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble Irvine, CA 92618

At Pretend City, readings of The Very Hungry Caterpillar will take place throughout the day with special prizes and activities for kids.  Families who bring gently-used books for the Early Literacy Program will be entered to win a $100 Pretend City store gift certificate. Books collected will be given to the Early Literacy Program and distributed to deserving children and families throughout Orange County. Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for museum information.

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway! Enter a comment below between now and Thursday night, 10/8, by 11:59pm PST to enter to win a set of 3 books!

Comment below and tell us:  What was your favorite childhood book?  And, for extra fun, which is your favorite book to read to your kids?


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  1. 1
    Angela Dipiero says:

    My favorite book when I was a child was “The Moster At the End Of this Book” Groover was always funny and I loved every page and turning it to the next. Now I have a two year old and I love reading to her, She gets so excited when she know what is coming next in the story. We love “Brown Bear Brown Bear” Somehow these stories never get old.

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    My favorite childhood book was Amelia Badelia. I loved reading all of the Amelia Badelia books and having them read to me!

    I like reading books by Jane Cabrera, Mommy Mommy Carry Me Please is a good one!

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    Jen says:

    I love hearing about your favorite books because it brings back memories of my childhood!

    Just for fun – Mine was Bread and Jam for Frances. For my daughter, right now we love, Pinkalicious!

  4. 4
    Julissa says:

    The Giving Tree is my favorite childhood book.

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    Jen says:

    OH….I LOVE the Giving Tree!!! I need to get that one for my daughters!

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    Dara says:

    I’m having fun reading through all the Ramona the Great books with my daughter! Thirty years later and Beverly Cleary books still crack me up!

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    Nadia says:

    I remember liking Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Right now we’re reading

    Where the Wild Things Are!

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    Kim Moore says:

    My all time 3 Fave:
    Where the Wild Things Ar by Maurice Sendak
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    The Sweetest Fig by Chris VanAllsburg (any book by VanAllsburg is FANTASTIC!)

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    melissa says:

    We love the “snappy” pop up book series. They are great with rhyming and learning different concepts (ie colors, opposites, numbers, etc). We also love so many others, but these seem to have been a great hit for a long time throughout different ages.

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    Laura D says:

    My fav childhood book was The Runaway Bunny

    My fav to read to the kids is The Littlest Owl

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