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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.

                              Register your school now!

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

Let the Sorting Begin!!  If you are interested in helping sort the over 13,000 books collected this year, please email Jenny Horsley, by Thursday, March 21st.

Saturday, March 23rd
9:00am - 12:00 -- lunch provided afterwards
ROR-KC Office - on KU Medical Center campus 
Support Services Building (easy parking!)
2100 W. 36th Ave, KC, KS 66160

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

Race To Read 5K

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:30 a.m.

Location: Corporate Woods
Building 40 Corporate Woods Parking Lot (9401 Indian Creek Parkway)

Regular Registration Fees:

Age 15 and under: $15
Age 16 and over: $35

Register Now at

* Runners -sign up by March 15th to be guaranteed a T-shirt.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Interested in volunteering for the Race to Read 5K? 
Contact Marianne Sharp (email: or call 913-588-3073).

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in sponsoring the Race to Read 5K? 
Contact Jenny Horsley for sponsorship levels. (email: or call 913-945-6577)

Cannot make it to the race? You can still support our cause, Click here... 

Ultra Runner Sponsors

Strider Sponsor

Tempo Runner Sponsors

Tanya Rodecker-Wendt & Samuel Wendt 

In-Kind Sponsors

Books On Tap

Our 8th annual Books on Tap happy hour networking event will be held on September 18th, 2019 at the River Market Event Place from 5:00-8:00 p.m. 

Join friends, co-workers and supporters of literacy to support Reach Out and Read Kansas City. 

This year's event will feature great food and drinks from local restaurants and breweries, as well as a raffle and silent auction with unique local items.

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


Smith Group 

221B Consulting Appraisers, LLC

Theme, LLC 

Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive

Thank you Barnes and Noble Leawood and Overland Park! 

From November 1st to December 31st, 2018, Barnes and Noble Leawood and Overland Park hosted their annual Holiday Book Drives benefiting Reach Out and Read Kansas City. 

Generous shoppers purchased and donated a total of 3,154 books to Reach Out and Read Kansas City through these drives! These brand new books will go to young children at our partner clinics during well child visits. 


Barnes & Noble @ Town Center

4751 West 117th Street

Leawood, KS 66211

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Barnes & Noble @ Oak Park Mall

11323 W 95th St,

Overland Park, KS 66214

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Giving Tuesday: A Special Opportunity!

Reach Out and Read Kansas City embraces #GivingTuesday, a global movement that encourages community support and giving back. 

In 2019, #GivingTuesday will take place on December 3rd. Check back here for more information about incentives for donating during our #GivingTuesday campaign. 
Last year during our #GivingTuesday campaign, we launched the extremely popular Librarian's Club. You can join the club at any time.

We hope you'll consider supporting ROR-KC, the only medically-based early childhood literacy program in the area, this #GivingTuesday. Your $70 donation covers books and advice for one child throughout all 14 well child visits from birth to age five.

For the Love of Books Breakfast

On Valentine's Day, Kansas City showed its love of literacy at our annual For the Love of Books Breakfast at Uptown Theater. 

The event was a huge success, with Cathy and Joe McCaddon co-hosting. The event raised over $88,000 for the are's only medically-based early childhood literacy program. Roasterie Founder Danny O'Neill gave the keynote address, and Fox 4's Dhomonique Ricks emceed. Mr. Stinky Feet and Stage Right Performing Arts choirs performed and guests enjoyed a video crafted by Richard Sharp of 41 Action News. The over 200 attendees received Roasterie coffee, chocolates from Andre's in Overland Park and book lights courtesy of CommunityAmerica. 

Thank you to all of our guests and sponsors!

Valentine Sponsors:

Cathy & Joe McCaddon

Sweetheart Sponsors:

Pamela Miller & Michael Cummings

Crush Sponsors:

Eckert Family Foundation

Pamela A. Madaus & William C. McLean III

Admirer Sponsors:

Anne & Bill Blessing

Sallie Page-Goertz & Kenneth Goertz

Laura & Lewis Gregory

Donald J. Hall

Lucas Commercial Flooring

Tom & Cynthia Ryan 

Mark Van Blaricum