Book Donations

We welcome your help in supporting the 1,400+ students we serve with our Reading Mentoring program, as well as getting books to children in our community via our Reading Is EverywhereSM initiative!

While Lead to Read KC accepts any NEW or LIKE-NEW children’s books, here are some donation preferences:

  • Books for kids in preschool through 8th grade
  • Culturally diverse books, so readers see themselves in the story
  • Bilingual books, especially Spanish/English
  • High-interest books, such as graphic novels
  • Easy Reader books to encourage practice and success
  • Find recommendations on our Amazon Wish List or Bookshop Wish List. (Books bought via wish lists will automatically ship to us.)

The logistics:

Questions? Please contact Outreach Program Manager Linda Hughes at

Young girl picks a children's book out of a basket full of books

“Lead to Read fills the baskets at Amethyst Place with high-quality, high-interest books, showing their support for children regardless of their circumstance. Reading can provide comfort and a connection to school for children, and we appreciate their desire to help our families and children.”


Amethyst Place

More Ways to Help


Become a year-round Book Collector by hosting a bin at your business or home.


Shop from a curated list via our Amazon Wish List or purchase from your local retailer.


Help process donated books at one of our Second Saturday Sorting events.


Schedule a one-time team volunteer event to help sort, process and deliver books.

Get Involved

We need you! There are so many ways to be part of the solution to our community’s literacy crisis. Choose to give your time or resources to Lead to Read KC.