(WUSA9) -- Thursday, more than 2 million children nationwide are reading to set a new world record. The Jumpstart campaign hopes to foster a love of reading at an early age.
Five early childhood classrooms, and more than 75 children were reading for the record. Children all around the country and at Anne Beers Elementary in Ward 7 are reading the story of Otis the Tractor by New York Times best selling author Loren Long.
Jumpstart together with the Pearson Foundation are highlighting the need for early childhood reading in all communities hoping to close the income gap that leaves many young readers behind.