Mayor Coleman "Reads for the Record"

Children in Saint Paul joined Jumpstart’s Read for the Record to raise awareness about the importance of early education

Saint Paul– Today, Mayor Chris Coleman joined Saint Paul families and children and millions of readers across the nation as part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation.

This nationwide campaign brings adults and children together to break a world record for the largest shared reading experience on a single day. Mayor Coleman met with kids at both the Dayton’s Bluff Library and Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School and read Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney.

“Early education is an essential part of preparing our children for success," Mayor Chris Coleman said. "This Read for the Record program is a great way to help our kids foster a love for reading at a young age, and I'm excited Saint Paul is a part of it.”

Presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation for the sixth consecutive year, Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign shares the love of reading with millions of children and families while calling attention to the importance of early education.

This year, the Pearson Foundation, with the help of schools and communities, will donate 50,000 books through a new We Give Books reading campaign — Read for Our Schools. Starting today, for every book read online as part of the Read for Our Schools campaign ( the Pearson Foundation will donate a brand-new copy of the official Read for the Record book – Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney – so more children across the United States can help to set a new record for reading the same book on a single day. More than 10,000 schools will receive books through Read for Our Schools.

For more information about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, visit today and learn how to register for this year’s campaign.