About Read & Lead
Kiwanis International and Penguin Random House teamed up to create the K-Kids Read & Lead program. Kiwanis International is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping kids around the world. Penguin Random House is a leading publisher that believes literature can fuel the imagination and guide the soul.
How do K-Kids Read & Lead kits help kids?
The resources provided in Read & Lead kits will help you:
- Engage students in reading.
- Let students read and discuss books as a group.
- Guide students through reflection that deepens their understanding of society's issues.
- Empower students to address issues in their own school or community.
- Get kids involved in community service that truly makes a difference.
Why is reading so important?
Give children a strong foundation in reading and you will help them for the rest of their lives. Here are a few specific reasons reading matters:
- Children learn empathy, seeing from different perspectives and experiencing what others feel.
- Kids are compelled to think more deeply and critically.
- Stories stimulate imagination and play—along with curiosity, conversation and knowledge.
- Children and parents bond when they explore books together.
- It offers time for quiet and calm—and an opportunity for inspiration and reflection.
- Kids are exposed to new vocabulary and forms of expression.
Can I afford these kits?
The Kiwanis International and Penguin Random House partnership results in a discount that allows K-Kids Read & Lead book kits to be purchased at an affordable price.
Small book kits
$55 – include 6 copies each of the first two book titles listed (12 books)
$108 for Ordinary People Change the World (12 books)
Large book kits
$90 – include 5 copies of each title listed (20 books)
$180 for Ordinary People Change the World (20 books)
What comes in each kit?
Every kit comes with an introductory letter, a discussion and activity guide, a guide for creating impactful service projects—and, of course, books. The small kit includes 12 books. The large kit includes 20 books.