On October 3rd, we will all be reading, sharing, and loving Loren Long's Otis. This sweet, beautifully illustrated book of friendship is a special favorite of Van Meter and at our house. I grew up on a farm in eastern Iowa so I am especially drawn to the characters and setting.
On this day we pledge to read the official Read for the Record book at Van Meter while others are reading the same book around the world. We read within our school and have connected to several other students and teachers, while authors and illustrators have joined us to read too.
Last year in 2012, 2.3 million participated in Read for the Record.Yesterday, a very special event was announced on the We Give Books newsletter.
After speaking to Loren and the people involved in Read for the Record Day, I suggested that he do a Google Hangout to connect with students and schools around the country to celebrate the day.
I was so excited to see that he was going to do this and that five schools were going to have the opportunity to connect with Loren on Read for the Record Day!
The newsletter is below and you can also view it here.
How fun will that be!
I also love how We Give Books, a free digital reading initiative created by Penguin and the Pearson Foundation, gets involved with Read for the Record. As in years past, the record breaking book is available online for free at We Give Books.
This gives everyone access to the selected book online. I always love sharing the link to the book with our families and with others too. It is fun for everyone to read this special book each year.
Please pledge to read here.....And good luck everyone with the contest. This is something that your students will always remember.
You can follow Loren on Twitter at @LorenLong.
I hope to see all of you Reading for the Record on October 3rd!