Read for the Record Day

This Thursday, October 22, is Read for the Record Day!


Jumpstart began Read for the Record in 2005 in order to encourage people to read together and promote early learning. The goal is to mobilize as many people as possible to read the same book on the same day and create the world’s largest shared reading experience. Pretty cool, right?

This year, for the 10th anniversary of Read for the Record, the book is Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones.

Not Norman

Not Norman is the story of a little boy who desperately wants a pet. After receiving a goldfish named Norman for his birthday, the boy decides he still wants a pet… as long as it’s not Norman. Norman can’t do tricks, can’t play outside, can’t do anything fun—or can he? It’s a fun, sweet picture book, and everyone will be reading it this Thursday!

To participate in Read for the Record, you can register on Jumpstart’s Read for the Record webpage, which also has some fun activities to go along with the day. There’s a Not Norman photo contest, in which readers can recreate a selected scene from the book for a chance to win a prize pack full of fun goodies. There’s a Read for the Record Toolkit with reading guides, activities, and bookmarks, all of which are available in Spanish as well as English. And Jumpstart offers some tips for participating, in case this is your first time participating in Read for the Record.

So gather all of your friends and family, find a comfy reading spot, and read Not Norman this Thursday! If you’d like, you can come read with us at blue manatee children’s bookstore. We’ll be doing a special story time on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. just for this exciting day!


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