About Read & Lead

Who are the partners behind K-Kids 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.


    Kiwanis International
    Random House Children's Books