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Hooked on Books

Join schools throughout the metro for Reach Out & Read KC's 20th annual Hooked On Books book drive competition. The school that collects the most new and gently used books per student, wins bragging rights, a pizza party for one classroom, and a $500 gift certificate from Scholastic Books to use at your next book fair!   

Most importantly, Hooked On Books provides a great opportunity for kids to help kids. All books collected are sorted and redistributed to organizations and schools who need your help. 


1. Sign up and schedule your book drive for any time January 8 - March 9, 2018. 

Please note that HOB volunteers will only be available to pick up your books from February 5-March 16, 2018, so plan your drive accordingly.

2. Spread the word that you'll be collecting new and gently-used children's books appropriate for infants to 14-year-olds.

3. Count the books and report your results by March 16, 2018. After your drive, donated books will be picked up by a Reach Out and Read volunteer. 

Sign up today. 

Reach Out and Read will deliver collection bins and posters before your drive begins.

For more information email Janice or call 913.588.0295.

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

Agency Application

If you are a nonprofit or school serving at-risk children and families, you are also eligible to receive book donations from the Hooked on Books Drive. Please register here for more info. 

For the Love of Books Breakfast

Reach Out and Read Kansas City's  
For the Love of Books Breakfast

February 15, 2018
Uptown Theater
3700 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Coffee and registration begin at 7:00. 
Ample and adjacent free parking is available. 

Keynote Speaker: 
Alastair Heim, Kansas City Author and Storyteller

Master of Ceremonies: 
Dhomonique Ricks, Anchor, Fox 4 News

Reach Out and Read Kansas City gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Contact Reach Out and Read Kansas City, at 913.588.2793 or with questions or for additional information.

If would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please donate here.

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

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.

Where the Wild Things Are:

Litte Engine That Could:


Mark & Judy Hastert

Ann & Edward Havermann

Any Questions? Contact Jenny