I love how stories let me slip out of my own life and slip into a different one. Through books, I've lived a thousand lives instead of just my own. When I meet new people, even if their lives are very different from mine, I try to imagine how life feels to them. Reading stories is great practice at putting yourself in other people's shoes, which is essential for making good friends … and maybe even creating world peace!—Laura Resau, Red Glass
Please come join Kids Need to Read at any of our events. We are always busy making new plans and there are several groups putting on their own fundraisers on our behalf.
Thursday, May 25–Friday, May 28
KNTR Booth 1078
Kids Need to Read has a fantastic line-up of events at Phoenix Comicon 2017, thanks to the convention’s staff and volunteers, as well as the sponsors, artists, cosplayers, authors and KNTR volunteers who contribute their time and talents to support our organization! We are thrilled to collaborate with Arizona Coyotes again on this year’s KNTR Build-a-Book program with Steven Riley! From children’s activities to nightly parties and creative fundraisers benefiting Kids Need to Read, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to look for The Page Coach at the car show and please come join us for a geektastic weekend!
Free Highlights magazines for kids (provided by HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN); literacy-themed art, products and raffles; Adopt-a-Reading Buddy, Ninja Vs. Pirate Scavenger Hunt, and more at KNTR booth 1078
Schedule of Activities
KNTR Build-a-Book Program with Steven Riley, Sponsored by ARIZONA COYOTES
West 101ABC Event Area
Children will learn how to create their own stories and illustrations during this highly entertaining program. All Build-a-Book participants will receive a special-edition Coyotes goodie backpack, sponsored by Arizona Coyotes, and filled with a book, Highlights magazine, and other treasures. This program is very popular, so be sure to stop by the booth to sign your children up for a spot.
Friday, 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM
Saturday, 4:30 PM
Sunday, 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM
Star Wars Blast-A-Trooper, Hosted by 501ST LEGION DUNE SEA GARRISON, Benefiting KNTR, Friday through Sunday, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM, Star Wars Neighborhood, North, Hall of Heroes
Hero Design - Riley Style, Saturday May 27, 2017 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, West101ABC Event Area; Do you sketch and doodle heroic characters? Do you wish you could draw better? Author/illustrator Steven Riley helps kids create exciting heroes with simple drawing techniques. All Hero Design participants will receive a special-edition Coyotes goodie backpack filled with a brand new book, Highlights magazine, and other treasures. Sponsored by Arizona Coyotes and presented by Kids Need to Read.
KNTR Charity Texas Hold’em Tournament, Benefiting KNTR, Hosted by LUPINE ENTERTAINMENT, cash only, Friday, 7:00 PM (7 hours), Hyatt Regency Phoenix Ballroom
Drinks with Authors and Creators, Friday, 8:00 PM–11:30 PM, Phoenix Convention Center, North, Room 120CD, Join and other creators for a glass or two in an informal setting. We will have door prizes, giveaways and raffles to support Kids Need to Read. Cost is $10 to attend.
ARIZONA AVENGERS Raffle, Benefiting KNTR, Saturday, 12:00 PM–6:00 PM, AZA booth, North, Hall of Heroes
Blue Ribbon Army Presents: The Dork Knight Rises 18+ after hours party, $20 to attend on Saturday, 9:00 PM, Phoenix Convention Center, North, Room 120CD; The party that Phoenix deserves and the party that Phoenix deserves right now, ‘Blue Ribbon Army Presents: The Dork Knight Rises’ is a party that every geek can enjoy! This comic book universe-themed party will feature two DJs, more bartenders, a photo booth, and a ton of cool geeks to hang out and make friends. All proceeds for this event benefit Kids Need to Read, so come have some fun while helping an awesome charity!
September 1, 2016–August 31, 2017
Fry's Community Rewards Program
Fry's Food Stores
Here is an easy way for shoppers at Fry's Food Stores to support Kids Need to Read! Simply register your VIP card online and then select Kids Need to Read as your Community Rewards preference (takes mere moments)—KNTR will receive a percentage of $2,000,000 over the next year, September 1, 2016–August 31, 2017. Simply put, it costs participants nothing other than the time it takes to register their VIP cards in support of Kids Need to Read. The more shoppers support KNTR through their VIP purchases, the higher the percentage of funds the organization will receive. Click here for registration information. Your support is so valuable and deeply appreciated!