Read for the Record

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 18, 2009

My love of books began at a very early age… Mom would often read to my siblings and me, and it was then that I discovered a whole new world. Through the pages of books I met amazing people, went on fantastic adventures, listened to rich conversation, and even found myself in far off places. It was always amazing to me where stories could take me.

I hope that I have instilled this same love of the written word in my children, as we go on some of these same adventures and find ourselves in far off places. We’re meeting new people, too. Becoming witness to dinner conversations, battles, and fun interactions between a man with a yellow hat and his curious little monkey. We’re discovering how to be a good friend , how to love each other, and how much God loves us, all through the stories that we read.


In just a few short weeks, on October 8th, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will open Eric Carle’s beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and read aloud to children in their homes and communities. Together we’ll set a new record for the world’s largest shared reading experience – ever!

Would you like to know how you and your family can get involved?

  • Pick up a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at your local Walmart (for only $8!). All net proceeds from the purchase of this particular book from Walmart will go to Jumpstart to help keep kids reading and literacy strong in our communities.
  • Join the Twitter party on September 24th, from 8-10 pm CST, and be entered to win a copy of the book! Every 100th tweet with the #jumpstart hash tag will win!
  • And then, on October 8th, join us as we read for the record!

Jumpstart Read for the Record

To give you a jump start on this challenge, we are giving away a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar here at From Dates to Diapers!

Here’s how to enter to win ::

  • Share this challenge and giveaway with others via Facebook or your own blog. Include this link – – and then leave me a comment with a link to your status update or post.
  • Tweet the following message and leave me a comment with a link to your tweet :: Join the #11moms and #jumpstart as we Read for the Record on October 8th :: #D2Dgvwy

A winner will be chosen on September 24th, at 6pm (pst), and announced during the Twitter party.

Happy Reading!

I have not been compensated to blog about this pledge or host this giveaway. It is due to my passion for reading that sparked the desire to share this great opportunity with you and challenge you to participate.

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather September 18, 2009 at 9:32 am

I joined the challenge! I love this idea!


Heather September 18, 2009 at 9:32 am
LyndiLou September 18, 2009 at 10:21 am

I pledged to read because I have ALWAYS loved this book! Now I have my own little one and she’s only 8 months and already loves it too!!! She sits on my lap and listens while I read. She’ll even turn the pages! Of course, we use the board book version so she doesn’t get too rough with it, but whatever shape it’s in, we’re fans!!! *:D*


LyndiLou September 18, 2009 at 10:35 am

I changed my status update on Facebook! I told everyone to come here and pledge to read! :)


Linda B September 18, 2009 at 11:33 am

I’ve always loved to read. As a child I learned so much about the world through books in a time before computers and very little TV. It was natural to read to my children as they grew up. My children and I now read to my grandchildren. Even with the electronic devices that sometimes seem to rule the world I still believe nothing can take the place of a good book. I wish this for all children therefore I have taken the Jumpstart pledge.


annette Anderson September 18, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I pledged to read for several reasons. One, I love reading! Two, I love this book! Three, I love that the proceeds help books get to those with low-income. Every child needs to be read to so that they will, hopefully , become readers themselves one day. The world of books is waiting for eager minds! I hope I win this book to have to read to my 8 grandchildren! Thanks,Annette Anderson


Michelle Draveski September 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

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Shannon Baas September 18, 2009 at 9:51 pm

We are participating as we believe reading is important.


Carol September 19, 2009 at 2:13 am

I joined the challenge and pledged because I so value reading and want my little one to enjoy it too.


Carol September 19, 2009 at 2:14 am
Carol September 19, 2009 at 2:15 am

Posted on my Faceboom page Carol P Dziuba


Carol Lawrence September 19, 2009 at 2:41 am
Sue E September 19, 2009 at 9:30 am

I accept the pledge. Reading is so important and i don’t want my little boy to overlook the enjoyment that can come from books.


Linda September 19, 2009 at 11:01 am

We read every day so would love to read this book on Oct8.


Angie September 19, 2009 at 8:43 pm

I grew up with this story and would love for my five year old triplets to love it as much as I have.


Jean Hupke September 19, 2009 at 11:27 pm

I have made the pledge, I love reading with my girls every night and this book is one of my oldest’s fave


Tia September 20, 2009 at 9:44 am

I totally love and need this book for my students


Tanya Reber September 21, 2009 at 8:36 am
Mary Casper September 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I made the pledge to read with and for my grandkids


Corrie Rowe September 21, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I made the pledge to read to my son due in Nov every night like my Mother did with me.


Jennifer C. September 22, 2009 at 10:40 am

I pledged because I think reading to or with your child is one of the most important things you can do with kids.


Jenn September 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

I pledged…I feel reading is important children for many reasons. Even more importantly though is for them to see their parents reading. We promote lots of books and reading materials in our home and ironically, we do not have this book! THanks for supporting the cause and for this giveaway!


Heather M September 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I joined the Challenge. I would love a chance to win this for my 2 1/2 yr old daughter!


Ed Nemmers September 23, 2009 at 11:56 am

Because my niece Hannah likes bugs. Seriously.


shawna September 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

We joined the challenge! My daughter would love this book!


Beth September 23, 2009 at 4:43 pm

We pledge! We’ve met the author and he’s a GREAT guy!!! We’re very excited about this. :)


Alison September 23, 2009 at 5:51 pm

We pledge! We have this book, but I’d love a new copy to gift to the parents of the baby I am carrying. :) Thanks.


brenda pittman September 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm

I love books. I have ever since I can remember. Now I teach 3 year olds and we read all the time. This would be a great addition to my room.


dawn September 23, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Took the plege and I will read even more to my kids. Thanks for the chance.


Pamela S September 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Someone bought this book for my daughter before she was born. I have always thought it was the most beautiful book. Took the pledge. Thanks.


Maggie M September 23, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I pledge to read The Hungry Caterpillar because my children and I love this book.


amy September 23, 2009 at 11:08 pm

chose to take the pledge because I think reading is a very important learning and bonding experieince


amy September 23, 2009 at 11:08 pm
amy September 23, 2009 at 11:09 pm
chastidy September 23, 2009 at 11:23 pm

I Pledged, we read tons of books everyday :)


Candie L September 24, 2009 at 5:19 am

I pledged to read. I think it is great that the children are read to daily. Thank you


jjean September 24, 2009 at 6:09 am

I participated because I appreciate those who read to me so I am reading to my kids.


Tim Hughes September 24, 2009 at 7:25 am

Reading has always been an important part of our family but our youngest child has taken it to a new level of joy. We have reading time every night so you can guarantee we would read this great book on October 8th.


Brittney September 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

I pledged because kids don’t read enough. Thankfully my daughter loves books and I read to her several times a day.


Fionen September 24, 2009 at 8:44 am

I chose to participate in this pledge because The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favorite children books.


amy delong September 24, 2009 at 10:14 am

I pledged to read,I read to my sons every night and they love it!
I also love this book!



susan smoaks September 24, 2009 at 10:55 am

i made the pledge, this was one of my favorite books as a child


susan smoaks September 24, 2009 at 10:57 am
susan smoaks September 24, 2009 at 10:58 am
Lily Kwan September 24, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I chose to participate in this pledge because I believe in the importance of reading.


Jazzy September 24, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Im participating because this book has always been a favorite in my family. Not only that, but reading is a fundamental lesson that needs to continually be introduced in the family. Keeps are too hyped up on tv and not enough on books!


Jazzy September 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I facebooked this but my profile is private and wont allow me to post the link! oh no!


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