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Spring clean children’s books with Mayor Sly James

As part of a month-long book drive for Mayor Sly James’ Turn the Page KC, the community is asked to do some spring cleaning and donate children’s books, April 1 – 25, 2014. Throughout the month of April, the public is encouraged to donate age-appropriate new or gently used books to the four Kansas City, MO school districts currently partnering with Turn the Page KC: Park Hill, Kansas City Public Schools, Hickman Mills and Center.

The mission of Turn the Page KC in Kansas City Power and Light District is to mobilize the community to achieve reading proficiency at grade level or above for all third graders in Kansas City, MO.

Book Drop Donation Locations

There will be donation boxes set up near the Kansas City Power and Light District:

  • Cosentino’s Market Downtown
  • The Garment District Boutique
  • Kansas City’s Live! Block (near the public safety office and restrooms)
  • Lattéland

These books will be donated to Park Hill, Kansas City Public Schools, Hickman Mills and Center school districts to fill students’ backpacks on the final day of classes before summer break.

For more information about the drive, visit the Kansas City Power and Light District.

Mayor James Book Presentation

To culminate the collection of books, Mayor Sly James will surround himself with all of the donations for a presentation on the KC Live! Stage at the Power & Light District on April 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm, followed by a Happy Hour to celebrate.

Summer Reading Volunteers

Turn the Page KC is working with the Upper Room, a non-profit organization that provides high-quality out-of-school education programs for low income families in Kansas City. Volunteers are needed for the Summer Reading Program to commit one hour per week reading with a student in K-3 at their school. Opportunities are available in Center, KCPS, Hickman Hills and Park Hill School Districts. To register as a summer reading volunteer, click here

Book Donation Ideas

Below is a selection of books suitable for grades K-3.

1.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

2. The BFG – Roald Dahl

3. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

4. Stuart Little – E. B. White

5. The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary

6. Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard Atwater

7. Magic Tree House series – Mary Pope Osborne

8. Hank the Cowdog series – John R. Erickson

9. Sideways Stories from Wayside School – Louis Sachar

10 .Chronicles of Narnia series – C.S. Lewis

11. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

12. The Great Brain – John D. Fitzgerald

13. The Borrowers – Mary Norton

14. Toys Go Out – Emily Jenkins

15. The Moffats – Eleanor Estes

16. Matilda – Roald Dahl

17. How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell

18.  Holes – Louis Sachar

19. The Indian in the Cupboard – Lynn Reid Banks

20. The Boxcar Children series – Gertrude Chandler Warner

21. The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo

22. The Little House Collection – Laura Ingalls Wilder

23. The Spiderwick Chronicles – Tony DiTerlizzi

24. Danny the Champion of the World – Roald Dahl

25.James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

26. Fantastic Mr. Fox – Roald Dahl

27. Junie B. Jones = Barbara Park

28. The Family Under the Bridge – Natalie Savage Carlson

29. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien

30. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E.L . Konisburg

31. Shiloh- Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

32. Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh

33. Ivy & Bean series – Annie Barrows

34. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne

35. Peter Pan – Bobby Driscoll

36. The Doll People – Ann M. Martin

37. The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate

38. Choose Your Own Adventure books

39. Hatchet – Gary Paulsen

40. Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell

41. Nancy Drew – Carolyn Keene

42. Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren

43. The Trumpet of the Swan – E. B. White

44. Freckle Juice – Judy Blume

45. The Judy Moody – Megan McDonald

46. Beezus and Ramona – Beverly Cleary

47. Rufus M.- Eleanor Estes

48. How to Eat Fried Worms – Thomas Rockwell

49. Fat Men From Space – Daniel Manus Pinkwter

50. Secret Agent Jack Stalwart – Elizabeth Singer Hunt


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