Kiwanis Read & Lead

Kids are curious. The K-Kids Read & Lead kits fuel that curiosity. Created in partnership with Penguin Random House, Read & Lead kits provide books that help kids explore various issues in society—and how they can make a difference. 

Each kit focuses on standalone themes, which reflect the values and interests of K-Kids, a Kiwanis youth program which empowers children to reach their potential through service.

Kit Descriptions

Bullying Prevention Kit

Help create a positive, inclusive environment in your school and community with these incredible Penguin Random House books. They use kindness, compassion and empathy as the way to tackle bullying at its core.

  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin


Environmental Issues

We only have one world, and we need to make it last. Students learn how even their smallest personal actions affect their environment and community.

  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • It's Your World by Chelsea Clinton
  • The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall


Hunger Kit

Hunger is often an issue many students are aware of or are dealing with themselves. As students step into the shoes of those dealing with food insecurity, they develop empathy and compassion.

  • A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  • It's Your World by Chelsea Clinton
  • Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff



Knowledge is power, and reading is the path that leads us to it. These books show kids the importance of reading and how it can change lives.

  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Bob Buyea
  • Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


Ordinary People Change the World

Caring about others, paying attention, asking questions and even studying are things that many of us do without realizing the impact they may have on others. These books explore how ordinary people have changed the world...and still do it every day.

  • I Am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer
  • I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer
  • I Am Helen Keller by Brad Meltzer
  • I Am Albert Einstein by Brad Meltzer