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.
September 9, 2016
2016 SEASON KICK-OFF
Between the Lines
6:00 PM—10:00 PM
Mesa Arts Center
An annual celebration of the upcoming season, this free, family-friendly festival will share the theme of literature in art with five new exhibitions in the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, and will present live music, great foods, outdoor festival, great atmosphere and more!
Find the Kids Need to Read Page Coach at the Project LIT stage to learn more about the newest initiative between the Mesa Arts Center and Kids Need to Read. Volunteers from KNTR will be handing out free books and magazines to the children in attendance thanks to our sponsors Greatergood.org and Highlights for Children.
On the Shadow Walk you’ll see atmospheric performers, pop up dance performances, and more than a few surprises. Mark your calendar for this one of a kind event!
September 18, 2016
Serenity in the Desert Phoenix
Studio Movie Grill Scottsdale
3:00 PM—7:00 PM
15515 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Presented by the Arizona Browncoats. Please enjoy a screening of the film Serenity with all proceeds benefiting Kids Need to Read. Watch the film again on the big screen with your closest friends while enjoying an in-theater dining experience. The Studio Movie Grill provides a freshly prepared All American menu featuring a full service bar. The Arizona Browncoats will host a costume contest, raffles, photo booth, geeky wares, & more in the lobby before and during the film. Tickets on sale now!
Phoenix Fan Fest is returning for it's third triumphant year! Fan Fest is a pop culture convention featuring actors, top comic book writers and artists, programming, and features exhibitors, vendors and costuming for those fans who can’t get enough of Phoenix Comicon. The Kids Need to Read booth will feature unique art prints, our popular Danger signs, and many other literacy-related items for sale. We will hand out free Highlights magazines, host geeky raffles, and more. Help us put books in the hands of well-deserving kids.
Buy your membership here.
Kids Need to Read is going to be at Tucson Comic-Con! Tucson Comic Convention puts on a show for the city of Tucson by holding a three-day event with guests from the comic book industry, as well as Arizona local talent. This event is for all ages and is a chance to experience a good old-fashioned comic book convention.
The Kids Need to Read booth will feature unique art prints, our popular Danger signs, and many other literacy-related items for sale. We will hand out free Highlights magazines, host fun raffles, and more, all to help put books in the hands of well-deserving kids.
Tickets are available for purchase here.
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!