On Thursday, America set a world record with the largest simultaneous reading experience on Earth!
That’s right. 425,565 participants from across the nation joined together at the same time at schools, libraries, stores, hotels, playgrounds, offices, and homes to read the children’s classic story Corduroy by Don Freeman.
The brain behind this operation is an organization called Jumpstart’s Read for the Record , which aims to bring attention to the importance of early childhood education. That’s because most children in low-income families have few, if any, age-appropriate books; and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record works to reverse this negative trend by encouraging adults and children to join together and read the same book on the same day in the effort of making early education a national priority.
This year’s nationwide reading event saw a slew of celebrities coming out to support early education in cities all across the country. Among the superstars were Mary-Louise Parker, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Gabrielle Union, Lauren “Lo” Bosworth, Greg Kinnear, Jesse McCartney, Jo Jo, LL Cool J, and Mario.
CGG loves the idea of America coming together to read one of our favorite children’s stories together about that cutesy overall-donning teddy. What were some of YOUR favorite children’s stories that you read growing up?? Let us know after the jump!!