CONTRIBUTED PHOTO -- On Oct. 27, children around the country, including in Baker, Chaneyville, Pride and Zachary, will gather to read 'The Bear Ate Your Sandwich' during this year's Read For the Record, a national literacy campaign aimed at early childhood education.

Jumpstart's Read For the Record is a national literacy campaign that was launched over a decade ago to address the educational unfairness that leaves too many children unprepared for kindergarten, a news release said.

On Oct. 27, children and adults will gather to learn, laugh and read this year's campaign book, "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich" by Julia Sarcone-Roach, as part of the world’s largest shared reading experience. The book is a classic tale of a bear’s epic journey and the mystery surrounding one delicious sandwich.

Read For the Record inspires adults to read with children, spurs policymakers and organizations to take action toward transformative change in early education, and puts books in the hands of more children across the country, the release said.

Locally, children ages 3 to 8 are invited to the Baker, Pride-Chaneyville and Zachary library branches for programs and activities that center on this year's book. Some programs are part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library's Story Times, while other programs may include crafts.

Oct. 26: Pride-Chaneyville branch, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road, and Zachary branch, 1900 Church St., 10:30 a.m.

Oct. 27: Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road, 4:30 p.m.