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Posted October 18, 2018 | 2:25 PM

Ready, Set, Read!

Annual try for record helps instill love of reading among preschoolers

Young children and adults in Hillsborough County will chase a record, and promote literacy, by reading the same book, on the same day, with thousands of others throughout the world.

The nonprofit group Jumpstart's Read for the Record initiative takes place on Thursday, Oct. 25, at branch libraries throughout the county. Specific locations and times are on the Events page of the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (HCPLC) website.

If your child can't make it to a branch library that day, videos of librarians reading the book in both English and Spanish will appear on the HCPLC Facebook page.

It's the 13th year of the international campaign, which set the current record in 2013 with 2,462,860 books read. This year, children and their mentors will try to top that number by reading Maybe Something Beautiful, by F. Isabelle Campoy and Theresa Howell. The story's morale: Even small artists can accomplish big things.

The initiative's goal is to emphasize the importance of reading among preschoolers, so that children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn. Reading aloud with young children builds literacy and language skills, and provides positive experiences that can help instill a love of reading and create a pathway toward success.

Last year, children in all 50 states and 64 countries participated.

The sessions primarily are for children ages 3 through 5. At some Hillsborough County locations, more stories and activities will follow the reading of Maybe Something Beautiful.

Photo: Children and adults in Hillsborough County and throughout the world will read "Maybe Something Beautiful" on Oct. 25.

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