The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carl (see interview at, is the children's book selected for Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign this year.  Jumpstart is a national organization who raises awareness of the importance of reading to young children.  They focus on at-risk preschool children to build literacy, social and emotional skills, so they will thrive in kindergarten. Many of these children have no books at home. 

Jumpstart works toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Having books in the home and reading to kids prepares them for kindergarten, a focus of Southwestern Ohio's United Way.

This year, once again, the Cincinnati Team raised money to provide children from the East End area, at Riverview East Academy with a book to take home and keep.  Hopefully, they will enjoy reading the book again and again and share it with their siblings!