Jumpstart’s 2016 Read for the Record® Campaign is happening in Lancaster County!


Lancaster County libraries will participate in Jumpstart’s 2016 Read for the Record® —a national early literacy campaign by reading the same book to hundreds of children on the same day! On October 27, people across the country will read the children’s book The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach in support of Jumpstart’s mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Public libraries in Lancaster County will hold their programming on October 27.

By hosting special library storytimes and events, local public librarians are hoping to break previous years’ records of reading to over 2,000 children. Since 2006 the campaign has engaged 11.5 million children and raised more than $8.6 million for early education programs.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® is a national campaign that brings attention to the importance of preparing our children to read at an early age.  Each year, Jumpstart selects one children’s book as the catalyst for Read for the Record. This year’s campaign book, The Bear At Your Sandwich, written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, is a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend in an unexpected place. With vivid illustrations and expressive language, the story is sure to engage children and adults of all ages. Help us break the world reading record (again!) for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

book-cover-englishAbout This Year’s Book: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened. So let me tell you. It all started with the bear . . .   So begins Julia Sarcone-Roach’s delicious 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, it’s not until the very end that we begin to suspect this is a TALL tale.   The wonderfully told story, spectacular illustrations, and surprise ending make this Julia Sarcone-Roach’s best book to date. You’ll want to share it with your friends (and keep a close eye on your lunch).


Author Bio
Julia Sarcone-Roach studied film and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her award winning animated film “call of the Wild’ has been shown in film festivals throughout the world.  She grew up in Arlington, Virginia and now lives in Brooklyn, New York writing and illustrating picture books.  She has written and illustrated Subway Story; The Secret Plan; and she illustrated Incredible Inventions, which is a collection of poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins.

For more information about Julia Sarcone-Roach, visit http://www.jsarconeroach.com/

Local public libraries make accessible age-appropriate collections for young children. Visit your Local Public Library today and learn more about other youth & family programs!   Access your public library’s website

National Sponsors for this campaign are Pearson Foundation, Official Book Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group, and We Give Books. To learn more about this national campaign, please visit http://www.jstart.org/

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