Reading to her daughter has become a staple of Sheri Johnson's pre-bedtime regimen.

Johnson and her 8-year-old daughter, Maya, joined more than 400 elementary school students at Washington Nationals Park Oct. 2 for the third annual Read for the Record national event, created by Jumpstart, a national organization that promotes literacy, especially among low-income families.

Students from Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia were a small portion of the 500,000 children nationwide who read the classic kids' book, Corduroy, simultaneously last week, setting a record for the most people to read the same book on the same day. The 2008 mark broke last


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