by Keith Lyons
The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) participated in the 2013 Jumpstart Read for the Record event October 3rd. Adults and children all over the globe engaged in a common reading experience through Otis, a book by Loren Long. Participants in this year’s campaign numbered 2,462,860, breaking a previous world record of people reading the same book on the same day. This included more than 400,000 digital reads at We Give Books, another record.
CCLD staff members volunteered to read to students in local area classrooms and centers, reaching over 250 individuals. A copy of the book, including some in Spanish, was donated to each reading venue. Staff members engaged in literacy activities focused on the story, including creating murals, drawing and writing prompts, singing, and donning costumes to connect to the characters. Photos of the staff in action may be viewed at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/85959419@N08/sets/72157636155398784
CCLD was created in 1998 by state legislation to provide quality professional development and research in literacy to Kentucky educators in early childhood through adulthood initiatives. The center is a collaboration among Kentucky’s eight public universities and the National Center for Family Literacy (Louisville). CCLD is housed and operated by the College of Education at the University of Kentucky.
Jumpstart, a national early childhood non-profit organization, and the Pearson Foundation host this annual event. Each year, they choose a book title as the common read. The author/illustrator of this year’s book, Loren Long, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. The official world record announcement may be found at: http://www.jstart.org/news/jumpstart’s-8th-annual-read-record®-campaign-breaks-world-reading-record.