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Hooked on Books

Hooked on Books

Hooked on Books is an annual book drive competition for schools throughout the metro that takes place in January and February. The school that the collects the most new and gently used books wins bragging rights, a pizza party for one classroom, and a $500 gift certificate from Scholastic Books. More importantly, this effort provides a great opportunity for kids to help kids. All books collected are sorted and redistributed to ROR-KC and other organizations and schools needing books.

For the Love of Books Breakfast

February 15th @ the Uptown Theater
More information coming soon

Race To Read

Join us for our first 5K run on Saturday, August 26th at Swope Park. 

When: Saturday, August 26th at 8 am

Location: Swope Park (Battle of Westport Visitor Center)
The race will be a 5K cross country course throughout the park.

Entry Fee: $30
Runners need to sign up by August 12th to be guaranteed a T-Shirt. There is no cost for kid-friendly events.

Packet Pickup:
Swope Park (Battle of Westport Visitor Center)
Friday, August 25th from 5-7 pm
Saturday, August 26th starting at 7 am

Schedule on August 26th:
7 am: Packet Pickup
8 am: 5K Begins
9 am: Children Relay Races Begin
9:30 am: Awards and Raffle Prizes Announced

Family Fun:
Starting at 8 am, face painting, and Molly Balloons will be on site for kids and at 9 am relay races will begin. Throughout the entire event, there will be live music provided by Mudflap Mafia.

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Sponsorship Opportunities:
Interested in sponsoring Race to Read?  Learn more.

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you would like to learn more about volunteering to read in a clinic with a child or how to volunteer for this race, please register here or call 913-588-2793.

Questions about the run?
Contact us at or 913-735-7323.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Silver Sponsors:

Books On Tap

Reach Out and Read Kansas City's Fall Fundraiser

Books On Tap

Thank you to all who attended Reach Out and Read's 6th Annual Books On Tap event on October 4th, 2017. Together supporters raised over $7,000 in support of early literacy and Kansas City's most in need youth.

A special thank you to Taylor Kelley Photography for photographing the event.

Photos from the event can be found on Facebook.

If you would like to support Reach Out and Read's mission, please consider making a one-time donation, or making a contribution every month by joining our monthly Brain Builders program.

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Litte Engine That Could:


Mark & Judy Hastert

Ann & Edward Havermann

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