Book People Unite

Reading Is Fundamental: Book People UniteThis is fun.  Reading Is Fundamental‘s new promotional video features a song by the Roots; vocals by  Jack Black, Chris Martin (Coldplay), John Legend, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Jason Schwartzman, Nate Ruess (vocalist for fun.), Melanie Fiona, Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Regina Spektor and Consequence; appearances from Pinocchio, Madeline, Greg (the Wimpy Kid), the Three Blind Mice, Humpty Dumpty, Curious George, Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, and even Captain Ahab on waterskis!  Plus many many more! (Find them all!)

Reading Is Fundamental has more information about the song (and its aims) at  If you take the pledge, you can even download an mp3 of the song!

Hat tip to NPR’s Linda Holmes.


  1. Pam


    I could not get the close captioning to work here – is the video available on YouTube or elsewhere?

  2. Pam


    LOL. I meant, is the video available with captioning? I see it is at the wonderful site and YouTube, but could not see the captions there, either.
    I still have only a white belt in technowizardry so it could just be me.

  3. Reply

    The clip is an embedded YouTube video; if you click its title while it is playing, the link will take you to it on YouTube. The other links take you to its appearance on RIF’s website. I do not know of a version with captions. Since RIF assembled the video, I suggest contacting them.

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