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.
February 25–26, 2017
Arizona Renaissance Festival Pirate Invasion Book Drive
12601 East Highway 60
Gold Canyon, Arizona
10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Join Kids Need to Read in celebrating 29 years with the Arizona Renaissance Festival by bringing two (2) *new* children's books to the Kids Need to Read booth outside the festival entrance! In return, we will give you a free children's admission ticket (ages 5-12) with paid adult admission. We will hand out Highlights magazines, as well as practice our argghhh!
Be aware of the Children's Pirate Costume Contest at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 25th, in the Royal Pavillion. Be prepared by practicing your swagger and telling us your pirate name! The Adult (ages 13 & up) Pirate Costume Contest will be held on Sunday, February 26th, in the Royal Pavilion. What makes you the best pirate captain?
For the second time, Melting Pot in Ahwatukee, and now in Scottsdale, will be making Kids Need to Read their charity of the month! Support Kids Need to Read by eating fantastic fondue! Order from The Melting Pot Charity Menu at the Ahwatukee and Scottsdale locations during the month of March and a portion will go to our organization. The food is delectable, making it a delicious way to support Kids Need to Read this March!
Thank you for supporting Kids Need to Read!
Friday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 5th 2017
Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 5
Old Tucson Movie Studios
201 S. Kinney Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85735
Get your gear together for a multicultural airship expedition. Kids Need to Read is the featured charity of WWWC 5. We will be on-site all weekend selling our beautiful art prints, literary danger signs, and more! There will be raffles benefiting Kids Need to Read.
It’s time for world travelers of all cultures to congregate in Tucson for this year’s Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention! Meet fan favorites, see stunning steampunk designs, and have an amazing weekend in an authentic wild west town. This airship departs soon—don’t get left behind!
March 18th 2017
Beauty and the Beast Family Party
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
4955 S. Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ 85248
“Be our guest” at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Chandler on March 18, 2017 for the release of Beauty and the Beast. Kids Need to Read and The Page Coach will be onsite collecting new children’s books! Kids of all ages can enjoy dance lessons, crafting, and a “tea party”!
Purchase your tickets here!
April 9, 2017
Literacy Laughs, Benefiting Kids Need to Read
National Comedy Theatre
1111 S. Longmore, Mesa, AZ 85202
Show starts at 2:00 PM
Door is open at 1:15 PM
Come join Kids Need to Read at the National Comedy Theatre on April 9th at 2:00 PM for an afternoon of hilarity! Dress as your favorite literary character for the costume contest! Bring a NEW children’s book to fill The Page Coach! Participate in raffles for exciting prizes!
Watch and get in on the fun as the comedians present spontaneous and interactive improv comedy with book and literature themes! Audience participation is encouraged with games like "Shakespeare," where the comedians create a brand new Shakespearean play before your eyes, and "Scenes From a Book," where a scene of laughter and fun is created from a sentence chosen from your favorite book! Bring your family and friends for a belly full of laughs and many other improv games! We will have some Kids Need to Read swag available for sale and there is a snack bar for your munchie and drink needs!
- New book drive! Bring a new children’s book to help fill The Page Coach.
- Raffles! Spectacular items donated from local businesses, crafters, and artists.
- Costume Contest! Fun prizes for best children’s and best adult costumes.
- Games! Improv games that you, the audience, plays with the NCT comedians.
Who is NCT: The National Comedy Theatre Phoenix’s competitive improv comedy show is a spontaneous and interactive comedy show and YOU (the audience) get to shout out suggestions, challenge the performers, and decide which team of comedians is the funniest!
Purchase your tickets 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!