THINK Together Celebrates Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® Day

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THINK Together Unites with National Early Education Organization to Highlight the Importance of High-Quality Education for All Children

This year's campaign book The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.

It is so important that we highlight the importance of children’s literacy by participating in the world’s largest shared reading experience.

Jumpstart, a national early education organization, will partner with THINK Together, one of California’s largest providers of Expanded Learning Time programs, for the 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign that helps address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten.

On October 27, 2016, children and adults will join forces for the world’s largest shared reading experience, known as Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Since 2006, this 24-hour celebration has mobilized over 17 million people, and Jumpstart holds the world reading record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

This year’s official campaign book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers), will not only inspire adults to read with children, but will also spur policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education while putting books in the hands of more children across the country.

Pretend City, a non-profit educational children’s museum located in Irvine, will serve as a lead location for Read for the Record and will be offering a variety of exciting activities for children like: sensational reading times every hour, a scavenger hunt for sandwich, create your own “beary” pretend sandwich and a fun music and movement activity. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich will be given throughout the day while supplies last with books provided by THINK Together.

A limited number of special editions of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich are being are also being sold exclusively by Jumpstart. Special editions are available in paperback, in both English and Spanish, and feature reading tips, vocabulary words, reading comprehension questions, and conversation starters 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.

"THINK Together is so excited to partner with Jumpstart again for this year’s Read for The Record. It is so important that we highlight the importance of children’s literacy by participating in the world’s largest shared reading experience,” says Tiffany Alva, Director of Early Learning Programs at THINK Together.

To learn more about Jumpstart, register to read, and order your exclusive copies of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, visit

For admission prices to attend Pretend City’s Read for the Record readings, visit

For a full list of Read for the Record locations, visit

THINK Together is a nonprofit organization collaborating with communities, parents, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders to help transform and galvanize the K-12 educational system, creating excellence and equity for all kids. THINK Together is California’s largest provider of Expanded Learning Time programs. Through its affiliate, Principal’s Exchange, THINK Together also provides research, professional development and consulting to underserved schools. Combined, THINK Together and Principal’s Exchange serve over 150,000 students at more than 400 locations across more than 45 school districts from Silicon Valley to San Diego. Partnering with school administrators and teachers, THINK Together’s dedicated team of more than 2,500 employees are helping students statewide reach their full potential. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids. For more information, call 888.485.THINK or visit or

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. By participating in Jumpstart’s year-long program, children develop the language, literacy, and social-emotional skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained 45,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of 95,000 preschool children nationwide. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter at @Jumpstartkids.

Julia Sarcone-Roach’s The Bear Ate Your Sandwich is the tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, that you will not see the surprise ending coming!


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