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2323 McGee, Kansas City, MO 64108

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

Books on Tap

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 5:00-8:00 pm
Kansas City Central Library

Join us for Books On Tap, Reach Out and Read Kansas City's party with a purpose for young professionals supporting children's literacy and kindergarten readiness. This year's event will take place in a familiar setting, the stunning rooftop event space of the downtown branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Enjoy time networking with friends, colleagues, and contemporaries old and new with good friends old and new while enjoying enjoy local food and libations at the library.Books On Tap features food and fare from a host of local favorites.

Eventbrite - Books On Tap

$25 in Advance, $35 at the door

Your ticket includes an assortment of appetizers, three drink coupons, live music by the Pick-less Fools, and parking validation

Every year, Reach Out and Read Kansas City provides more than 76,500 new, culturally, and developmentally appropriate books and literacy advice to nearly 30,000 low income children, birth to age 5, and their families during well-child checkups at 50 partner clinics located throughout the metro. Through Reach Out and Read, each child can build a 15-book library before they enter kindergarten. For many families, these are the only books in their home. By attending Books On Tap, you are providing enough support to purchase 5 books - a full third of their 15-book library!

Must present valid ID to enter. Tickets are nonrefundable.

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