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Thanks For Attending!

Thank you to all who attended the 9th Annual Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast on March 6th! We had a fantastic turnout and we are grateful for everyone's support. The gourmet green eggs and ham were delicious and John Holt, MC for the event, hosted the event perfectly! Bryan Busby and Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner entertained with a goofy reading of the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham while Keynote Speaker David Warm inspired all with a touching and motivational speech about the importance of early literacy.

Check back soon for specific updates on numbers and success. In the meantime, watch our Executive Director Mark Mattison in this video interview from the event! Thanks FOX 4 News for featuring us and helping us spread the word about our great organization so we can reach more kids.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

"Green Eggs & Ham" Top-Level Sponsors: Hallmark Cards Inc., Greater Kansas City Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi, The Walsh Family Foundation, and The Kauffman Foundation
"Yertle the Turtle" Level Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, and Pam Madaus and Will McLean

Hallmark Cards Inc. Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Group The Kauffman Foundation Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Hats Off & A Whole Lot of THANKS to:

The Coterie, The Kansas City Chiefs, Carrie Riehl, Sinjun Strom, Steven Karlin and St. Teresa's Academy, the University of Kansas Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and J. Zara Films

Questions? Contact Executive Director Mark Mattison at 913-588-3073 or

Hooked on Books

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

Congratulations Leawood Middle School!

The 2015 Hooked on Books School Challenge is over and we are thrilled to announce that Leawood Middle School is the winner! Leawood students collected 3,738 books, which is almost 8.5 books collected per student. Wow, great job!

The biggest winners of all, however, are the disadvantaged children. Now, thousands of local children will be able to experience the joy of having a book to call their own.

There's Still Time To Get Involved

We still need volunteers to help us sort through the thousands of books collected. Sign up to volunteer on April 11th, 2015. Are you interested in receiving books from Reach Out and Read Kansas City's Hooked on Books Book Drive? Nonprofit organizations and schools serving at-risk children and families are eligible to receive books. Sign up to be a book recipient.

Thank you to all of the Kansas City area schools that participated in the 2015 Hooked on Books School Challenge. We hope that you will consider participating again next year! Questions? Please call the Hooked On Books Hotline at 913.588.0295 or email