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Family Literacy

While Lead to Read KC’s programming is largely focused on our partnerships with Kansas City schools, we know that the most important resource for family literacy is – well, family!

Here are just a few tools to help make reading a positive and enjoyable activity for everyone in your home:

Free Books

Reading Is EverywhereSM is Lead to Read KC’s community book distribution program. We strategically place baskets of books in places where children are often waiting to encourage reading outside of school.

Children can select a free book to take home, and Lead to Read KC replenishes the baskets with additional books each month. View the map or scroll down for a list of our publicly accessible locations. (Updated June 2024)

Amethyst Place

Avenue of Life

Bai The Way Salon

The Borough

Capital One Cafe

Children's Mercy Broadway Family Engagement Clinic

The Children's Place

Colonial Presbyterian Church Food Pantry

Dedicated Senior Medical Center

Draque's Barbershop

Early StART Preschool (Metro)

Early StART Preschool (St. Mark's)

Equal Minded Cafe

Foreign Language Academy

Forest Glen Estates

Grace United Church

Gumby's Barbershop

Holmes Gardens Association

Joe's Barbershop

KCMO Health Department

KCPD Headquarters

Latinx Education Collaborative

Maple Hill Laundry

McLain's Bakery

Midtown Laundry

Mimi's Pantry

Mimi's 4 Kids

MO Hives KC

Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corp. Food Pantry

Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corp. Willa Gill Center

New Life City Church

One City Cafe at Bishop Sullivan Center

PH Coffee

Reconciliation Services

ReStart

River of Refuge

Ruby Jean's Juicery

The Salvation Army East Side

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center

Seton Center

Sheffield Place

St. Monica Catholic Church Food Pantry

Surr Cutts Barber Shop

Swope Health (Central)

Terrace Pointe Apartments

Trends GMC Barbershop

University Health Futures Clinic

The Windmill KC

Wyandotte Family EyeCare Center

Yogurtini on the Plaza

You Say Tomato

Your Natural Image Salon

Amethyst Place
2735a Troost Ave, KCMO 64109

Avenue of Life
918 E 9th St, KCMO 64106

Bai the Way Salon
3568 Broadway Blvd, KCMO 64111

Bishop Sullivan Center
3936 Troost Ave, KCMO 64110

The Borough
8026 The Paseo, KCMO 64131

Capital One Cafe
430 Nichols Rd, KCMO 64112

Children’s Mercy Broadway Family Engagement Clinic
3101 Broadway Blvd, KCMO 64111

The Children’s Place
6401 Rockhill Rd, KCMO 64131

Colonial Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
9500 Wornall Rd, KCMO 64114

Dedicated Senior Medical Center
4400 E 39th St, KCMO 64128

Draque’s Barbershop
106 W 39th St, KCMO 64111

Early StART Preschool (Metro)
827 Troost Ave, KCMO 64106

Early StART Preschool (St. Mark’s)
2008 E 12th St, KCMO 64127

Equal Minded Cafe
4327 Troost Ave, KCMO 64110

Foreign Language Academy
3450 Warwick Blvd, KCMO 64111

Forest Glen Estates
511 N 64th St, KCK 66102

Grace United Church
811 Benton Blvd, KCMO 64124

Gumby’s Barbershop
12 E 39th St, KCMO 64111

Holmes Gardens Association
649 Bannister Rd, KCMO 64131

Joe’s Barbershop
1672 E 63rd St, KCMO 64110

KCMO Health Department
2400 Troost Ave, KCMO 64108

KCPD Headquarters
1125 Locust St, KCMO 64106

Latinx Education Collaborative
2203 Lexington Ave, KCMO 64124

Maple Hill Laundry
2424 S 34th St, KCK 66106

McLain’s
201 E Gregory Blvd, KCMO 64114

Midtown Laundry
6398 Troost Ave, KCMO 64131

Mimi’s Pantry
2255 NW Vivion Rd, KCMO 64150

Mimi’s 4 Kids
3715 N Oak Trafficway, KCMO 64116

MO Hives KC
5030 Wabash Ave, KCMO 64130

Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corporation Food Pantry
1130 Troup Ave, KCK 66104

Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corporation Willa Gill Center
645 Nebraska Ave, KCK 66101

One City Cafe 
3936 Troost Ave, KCMO 64110

PH Coffee
2200 Lexington Ave, KCMO 64124

Reconciliation Services
1006 Linwood Blvd, KCMO 64109

ReStart
918 E 9th St, KCMO 64106

River of Refuge
5155 Raytown Rd, KCMO 64133

Ruby Jean’s Juicery
3000 Troost Ave, KCMO 64109

The Salvation Army East Side
3013 E 9th St, KCMO 64124

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
825 Euclid Ave, KCMO 64124

Seton Center
2816 E 23rd St, KCMO 64127

Sheffield Place
6604 E 12th St, KCMO 64126

St. Monica Catholic Church Food Pantry
1400 E 17th St, KCMO 64106

Surr Cutts Barber Shop
6015 Swope Pkwy, KCMO 64130

Swope Health (Central)
3801 Blue Pkwy, KCMO 64130

Terrace Pointe Apartments
641 S 71st St, KCK 66111

University Health Futures Clinic
300 W 19th Terrace, KCMO 64108

The Windmill KC
840 S 55th St, KCK 66106

Wyandotte Family EyeCare Center
21 N 12th St Suite 102, KCK 66102

Yogurtini on the Plaza
4853 Main St, KCMO 64112

You Say Tomato
2801 Holmes St, KCMO 64109

Your Natural Image Salon
641 E 59th St, KCMO 64110

Online Resources

Here are just a few of the online resources available for parents who want to help teach their children to read. Plus, don’t miss Lead to Read KC’s mental health and wellness focused online read-alouds and activity pages.

Home Reading Helper

This website from Read Charlotte offers targeted resources, including fun activities and games, based on your child’s age and reading goals.

PBS Kids

Filter and sort through thousands of videos and other resources focused on foundational reading skills for children of any age.

Toddlers Can Read

Don’t wait for your child to begin school! Find step-by-step guidance for teaching your little one to read – starting as early as 18 months old.

Scholastic

Learn which books all the kids are excited about and find recommendations for your child based on their age and reading ability.

Community Events

Check out some of the family- and resource-oriented events coming up below, or view the full calendar.