Send Us Your Reading Pics for Family Read Aloud Month!

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The Stock family enjoys books at the Westport Branch.

Do you like to read aloud to your kids? Now’s the time to prove it! This November for Family Read Aloud Month, we’re teaming up with Mayor Sly James’ Turn the Page KC initiative to show the world, in pictures, that Kansas City is a reading town.

Together with readers like you, we are building an online community photo album of Kansas City parents, kids, siblings, friends, partners, and even pets reading together.

It’s called ReadAloudKC, and it’s part of the Library’s Building a Community of Readers initiative.

We want you and your family to be a part of it.

The idea is simple. Take a picture of your children (or other special people in your life) reading and submit it to our online gallery. By the end of this month, we’ll have a rich display of Kansas Citians from all walks of life enjoying good books.

KCTV5’s It’s Your Morning will also feature reading photos captured by our librarians every day in November.

But it’s not just about taking pictures – it’s also about reading! So be sure to get in on the Family Read Aloud fun by picking up a reading log at any Kansas City Public Library location or download it (PDF) and print it yourself. Keep track of your reading and turn in your log to a children's librarian to win prizes.

Now, got your camera, some books, and your family gathered ‘round? Here goes…

How to Submit Your Photos to ReadAloudKC


  • Go to  
  • Click “Submit a Photo” and follow the directions to upload your photo from your computer.
  • Write a caption.
  • Click the two checkboxes and give your name and email (we may write you if we have a question about your photo).


Email your photo(s) to and we will upload them for you. Include a caption.


Tweet your photo to @kclibrary and @turnthepagekc using hashtag #readaloudkc.


Post your photos on Facebook wall, either via the Library’s wall at, or Mayor Sly James’ at

Join the Kansas City Public Library and Turn the Page KC in showing that Kansas City cares about teaching kids to read!

And if you need a little inspiration, here’s the fantastic John Lithgow on the art of reading to children:

About the Author

Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.
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Thanks for that reflection,

Thanks for that reflection, Bridget!

I bet if I looked hard enough, I could find a pic of my mom reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to me. She would be wearing her 70s sky-blue zip-up robe that looked like something off the original Star Trek. So many good memories associated with reading!

Great idea! Somehow, many of

Great idea! Somehow, many of the pictures I have of my husband with the kids are when they are reading. It's one of the times they are sitting still enough for a photo.
Now that I am a parent, it means so much to hear MY mom tell me about the books I loved as a kid. Apparently I couldn't get enough of "There's a Monster at the End of This Book."

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