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
Free Book Festival Video Library
Nike Global HQ
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.
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
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