Welcome to our 2023 Reader Newsletter! We are glad you are here. Even though we have a new look, features and GAMES (scroll to the bottom), we are still committed to delivering you all the important ROR-KC content you are used to receiving. We hope you enjoy it!


Vote for Reach Out and Read!

Reach Out and Read is thrilled to be featured in Target Circle from January 1 through March 31, 2023! As long as your "my store" is set in one of the following cities; Topeka, Wichita, Derby, Manhattan, Garden City and Salina, you are eligible to vote for Reach Out and Read, Inc which will provide donations directly to Reach Out and Read Kansas City. To participate:

  1. Choose My Target in the Target app
  2. Tap on the Circle logo
  3. Select Vote for nonprofits

For more information about the Target Circle Rewards program, visit their website here.

New ROR-KC Website

Our newsletter isn't the only thing that got a new look this year! So did our website. Our team has been busy behind the scenes getting it ready and we are excited to finally share it.

A big thanks to Andre & Leslie who have been donating their time and talent maintaining our website for many years. Their generosity has been nothing short of amazing. 

Take a look

Leadership Conference

ROR-KC's Executive Director, Jenny Horsley, and Book Coordinator, Stefanie Estes, headed north to Madison, WI for the 2022 Reach Out and Read Leadership Conference. Click below to read about their adventures and meet our new CEO, Marty Martinez.

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For the Love of Books Breakfast

You are invited to join the celebration by attending our first special event of the new year. The 2023 For the Love of Books breakfast will be back in person this year!

Doors open at 7 a.m. for coffee, entertainment, and the chance to mingle with other literary champions. A sit-down breakfast will be served while you enjoy the presentation.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Grand Street Café

4740 Grand Ave., Kansas City, MO 64112

7:00am - 9:00am

To learn more about our Master of Ceremonies, Christel Bell, evening anchor for Fox4 and our Keynote Speaker, Angela Cervantes, author beloved contemporary middle-grade novels, clink on their links below.

Master of Ceremonies

Christel Bell

Keynote Speaker

Angela Cervantes

Interested in becoming a 2023 sponsor? Check out our sponsorship packet here. Contact Jennie Andra at jandra@kumc.edu or 913-558-3073 for more information.

Purchase your tickets


by Sallie Page-Goertz, MN, APRN, IBCLC

Patients being seen

The New Year sometimes suggests new beginnings – maybe changing up some routines, thinking about making a New Year’s Resolution list (or not!). Or maybe just having some wishes about what the New Year might bring for you and your family, the community, the world. As a person who both works with children and families, and is blessed with kids/grandkids, I tend to key in on news that relates to the well-being of children and families – both in our community and the world. Right now, there are many challenges that confront families in this area.  

To read more about how to help and educate our children on tough topics, click below.

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In loving memory of Georgette Jacqueline Stanley Page - 1925-2022


by Stefanie Estes, M.L.S.

Nibbles: The Book Monster by Emma Yarlett

Published by Kane Miller EDC Publishing

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

I had the great pleasure of guest reading for my son’s kindergarten class last month. I brought several books to share including his absolute favorite, Nibbles: The Book Monster. My boys are obsessed with silly stories starring naughty characters, and Nibbles is a prime choice in our house. The story follows the escaped book monster as he eats his way through classic fairy tales. The tales get stranger and stranger with each nibble. He even turns Red Riding Hood’s wolf into a chicken! There is nothing quite so magical as hearing your child give a full body laugh and this book has given us hundreds over the years. And the best part is that it got my boys interested in hearing the classic fairy tales that Nibbles mucks up, which lead to more reading together! Nibbles now stars in a series of books, each one as delightful as the last. Enjoy some shared giggles by watching this lively reading of Nibbles and making a craft from the author’s website with your little one today.


Shout out to all of our amazing volunteers!

We couldn't do it without you.

We are honored to be the recipients of the Jace Boxberger Annual Memorial Book Drive. This year, they donated 2,230 books in Jace's memory! We are so grateful for their continued support.

A huge thank you to the GFWC Achieving through Reading Club. Not only were they our matching donor for Giving Tuesday but they also helped label over 1,800 books!!


  • Advisory Board
  • Office Volunteers: Ruby Nelson, Raisa Akram, Sally Clark, Patti Jachowicz, Margarita Watson, David Horsley, Jeff Andra, and Sandi Chase


Book Donations

  • Karyn Walden-Forrest & family donated 18 books
  • Dave & Sue Norris donated 89 books
  • Jace Boxberger Memorial Drive donated 2,230 books
  • GFWC Achieving Through Reading donated 22 books
  • Jenny Gunter and Book Club donated 23 books
  • Holiday Book Drive at Barnes & Noble (all 3 locations) donated 1,719 books

Want to be a Reach Out and Read KC volunteer? Click here to sign up!

Play a word game

You have six tries to get this 8 letter word right! Hint: this is what we strive to achieve at ROR-KC.

The answer will be in our March newsletter.

Click here to play

You Can Make A Difference

When you make a gift to Reach Out and Read Kansas City, you make it possible for families to read together. Your donations are used to purchase new children's books and deliver them directly to medical providers throughout the area.

Give a Gift Today


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