Last year more than 2 million preschoolers around the world were simultaneously treated to a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar through an event called "Read for the Record", put on by a nonprofit called Jumpstart. Jumpstart's goal is to -- uh -- "jumpstart" the education of preschoolers who live in low-income communities by pairing them with college students for individual mentoring and tutoring, and, most importantly, reading. (Georgetown University is one of Jumpstart's partners – and also the official partner of Parenting's Mom Congress).
"Read for the Record" is Jumpstart's annual event to raise awareness about childhood literacy by choosing one book to be read to preschoolers around the world, at the same time. But it's also a reminder that simply reading a book with your kid can be the start to raising a reader.
This year, Jumpstart wants you to pick the book for Read for the Record. This year's choices are:
-Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
-Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
-Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
-The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Cast your vote -- and read more about the contenders -- here. Pearson Foundation will also be donating $1 to Jumpstart each time you vote, so click away for your fave. Voting ends February 28, and the winner will be announced March 2.