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Hooked on Books


Join schools throughout the Kansas City area for our 21st annual Hooked On Books book drive competition! It's a great opportunity for kids to help kids. All books collected are distributed to medial clinics, schools and literacy organizations that need your help.

The school that collects the most new and gently used books per student wins a pizza party for one classroom, a $500 gift certificate from Scholastic Books and, of course, bragging rights!

Here's how to get involved:

1. Sign up

2.Schedule your drive for any amount of time between Jan.7-March 8, 2019

(volunteers will pick up books between Feb.11-March 15)

3. Spread the word that you're collecting new and gently-used children's books

4. Count the books and report your results by March, 15.

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Reach Out and Read Kansas City will deliver collection bins and posters before your drive begins. For more information, email Janice at orc call her 913-588-0295

If you are a nonprofit or school serving at-risk children or families. you are also eligible to receive donations from the Hooked on Books drive. 

Give a Child a Book and You Give a Child the World

For the Love of Books Breakfast

Thank you to all who attended ROR-KC's For the Love of Books Breakfast on February 15th, 2018. A special thank you to Honorary Co-Hosts Kathleen and Bill Johansen, Alastair Heim, and Dhomonique Ricks for making this year's breakfast the very best. 

View photos from the Breakfast.

Watch the Breakfast video.

If you were unable to attend but would like to support our mission, please consider making a tax-deductible donation, please donate here.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Honorary Co-Hosts : Valentine Sponsors:

Kathleen & Bill Johansen

Sweetheart Sponsors:

Walsh Family Foundation

Pamela Miller & Micheal Cummings

Crush Sponsors:

Pam Madaus and Will McLean

Admirer Sponsors:

Anne & Bill Blessing 

Sallie Page-Goertz & Kenneth Goertz

Laura & Lewis Gregory

Donald J. Hall

Race To Read 5K

Reach Out and Read Kansas City's Family Fun Run : Race to Read 5k

Thanks to our runners, walkers and supporters who made the Race to Read 5K a huge success this year! The 2nd annual event, which was held August 25th at Penguin Park, boasted a bigger turnout and lots of great activities for kids, courtesy of Mid-Continent Public Library Youth Services, as well as a children's fun run, face painting, live music from Mudflap Mafia and a raffle.  Check out our Photo Album from the event. A big, hearty congratulations to our 5K winners:


1st: Frank Paul Siragusa Jr.
2nd:Tyler McDaniel
3rd: Samuel Todd


1st: Joanna Ryan
2nd: Laura Howard
3rd: Allison Mack

The race continues to grow, and in 2019, the 5K will be held in the spring. We'll look forward to seeing you!

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you would like to learn more about volunteering for the Race to Read, please contact Jenny Horsley or call 913-588-2793.


Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in sponsoring the Race to Read 5K?  Click here to learn more...


Mary Olive & Ian Joyce
Vasquez Family
Lee's Summit Pediatrics 

Books On Tap

Thanks to everyone who came out for our 7th annual Books On Tap happy hour networking event on September 13, 2018 at the River Market Event Place. Friends and co-workers came together to celebrate our mission of giving young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

The event featured drinks, appetizers from local restaurants, and entertainment, as well as a raffle and silent auction with unique local items, including the opportunity to design a "Reach Out and Read" coffee blend at The Roasterie. There were also tickets for the Royals, KU Basketball and Sporting KC games, and lots of goodies from local businesses. 

Books On Tap proceeds provide books and programming to low-income families throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area. 

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in sponsoring Books On Tap in 2019?  

Click Here to view our sponsorship levels and benefits.

Contact Jenny Horsley for more info.

(913) 588 - 2793

Can't make it to the event? 

You can still support our cause!  Click here...


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