Brew for Books
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Brew for Books

A laid-back benefit to get books into the hands of kids living in poverty. 

On April 12, nearly 300 people attended TFC’s fifth annual Brew for Books at Boulevard Brewing Company. More importantly, more than 1,400 books were collected and more than 80,000 KC kids will receive early literacy support. We also welcomed two mayors — Mayor David Alvey and Mayor Sly James.

Thank you for supporting Brew for Books. We can’t thank you enough for purchasing tickets, volunteering and putting the books collected to good use.

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See What Happened at the 2018 Brew for Books

Stewardship Capital

How does Brew for Books help Kids?

Your support of Brew for Books allows The Family Conservancy’s Talk, Read, Play campaign to distribute books to more than 20,000 Kansas City children living in poverty. For many children, these are the first books they’ll call their own.

What is Talk, Read, Play?

Talk, Read, Play is an education campaign that engages and informs parents and caregivers — encouraging them to take an active role in their child’s education, especially in the early years when the brain is developing rapidly. The campaign centers around this simple message: talk, read and play with your child every day.
Now, in addition to educating parents and caregivers about the importance of early development, we can actually provide the tools to prepare children for success in school.

Why owning books is important for children:

The first five years of life are a crucial development period. During this time, 90 percent of brain development occurs. Quality, age-appropriate books are important, irreplaceable tools that support child development -- building strong parent-child bonds and teaching children words that help them define the word around them.

Studies show the number of books in a child’s home is the number one predictor of later reading achievement. Unfortunately, for many young children in our community, age-appropriate books are not readily available. One study found that in middle-income neighborhoods there are 13 books per child, while in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is one book for every 300 kids.
For children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed, education has to start in the home, at birth. Will you continue to support parents in their role as their child's most important teacher with an investment today?