Read for the Record 2017: Be a part of the world’s largest shared reading experience!

On October 19, over two million people will read the same book. What an exciting and unifying thing to do, and what a wonderful moment to share with your class! This year, Jumpstart’s annual shared reading experience will bring Quackers by Liz Wong into classrooms, libraries, stores, and homes across the country.


A cat who thinks he’s a duck? It must be Quackers! Quackers is a duck. Sure, he may have paws and whiskers. And his quacks might sound more like . . . well, meows. But he lives among ducks, everyone he knows is a duck, and he’s happy. Then Quackers meets another duck who looks like him (and talks like him, too!), but the creature calls himself a cat. So silly! Quackers loves being among his new friends the cats, but he also misses his duck friends, so he finds a way to combine the best of both worlds. Part cat, part duck, all Quackers!

Discussion Questions!

It doesn’t get much cuter than a cat who thinks he’s a duck, but there is so much that can be discussed in the classroom after reading Quackers together. Here are some topics:

Friendship: Quackers loves being with his cat friends but finds a way to combine the best of both worlds. What are some ways we can be inclusive of our friends despite differences?

What makes you unique? Discuss with your students how they would describe themselves—their likes, their dislikes, and what makes them happy. If Quackers can be a duck and a cat, the sky is the limit!

For classroom activities, more discussions questions, and resources, visit the Read for the Record website!

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