ma Our Kids Read: Sparking the Joy of Reading in Low-Income Communities

Free Book Festivals

Our Kids Read Free Book Festivals are celebrations of books and reading! OKR partners with schools and community centers across the country to bring:

  • free books (each student receives 3 free book to take home with then)
  • West African drummers or Latin American musicians
  • an invitation to join the OKR evening virtual reading program (our Reading Buddies program)

Upcoming Free Book Festivals

March
8

Glenmount Elementary Literacy Event

Location: Baltimore, MD

Description: 2nd grade students at Mosser Elementary will participate in an afternoon of interactive storytelling West African drumming.

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March
18

Amber Charter School - East Harlem Literacy Event

Location: Harlem, NY

Description: 2nd grade students at Mosser Elementary will participate in an afternoon of interactive storytelling West African drumming.

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March
22

Watts Labor Communication Action Committee Community Center Literacy Event

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Description: 2nd grade students at Mosser Elementary will participate in an afternoon of interactive storytelling West African drumming.

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April
5

Mosser Elementary Literacy Event

Location: Allentown, PA

Description: 2nd grade students at Mosser Elementary will participate in an afternoon of interactive storytelling West African drumming.

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May
23

Princeton Reunions Class of 1979 Literacy Service Event

Location: Princeton, NJ

Description: 2nd grade students at Mosser Elementary will participate in an afternoon of interactive storytelling West African drumming.

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Free Book Festival Video Library

Nike Global HQ

Beaverton, OR

DATE: Thursday, September 21, 2023
EVENT NAME: Boise Eliot Elementary School x Our Kids Read x Nike Literacy Event
DESCRIPTION:

In partnership with Boise-Eliot Elementary School, a Portland public school, and Nike, we brought 42 student to Nike Global HQ in Beaverton, OR. Nike executive leaders read with the students and West African drummer and storyteller Yaw Amponsah held students entranced with stories of Anansi the spider.

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2023
EVENT NAME: Foundation Academy x Our Kids Read x Princeton Class of 1998 Reunions Service Event
DESCRIPTION:

In partnership with Trenton, NJ elementary school,| Foundation Academy and the Princeton University’s Class of 1998, OKR planned and executed a literacy event featuring a tour of Firestone Library, a tour of Princeton’s class, a visit by celebrity Princeton Men’s basketball coach Mitch Henderson, visit from celebrity guest 6-year old author Cassidy Bridges (author of “Thank you! It’s an Afro!”), professional storytelling by OKR storyteller Simi Murumba and masater drummer Fitz Sam and much more.

Boys and Girls Club

Bronx, NY

DATE: Friday, July 22, 2022
EVENT NAME: Joe E. Smilow x Our Kids Read Free Book Festival
DESCRIPTION:

In partnership with the Joe E. Smilow Boys and Girls clubhouse, Our Kids Read brought over 1,200 books and master storyteller Simi Murumba to get students excited about readiny