Lead to Read KC partners with author and KMBC to spread message of inclusivity

Martha ConradtJune 24, 2021

Since the launch of Lead to Read KC in 2011, we have stood for inclusiveness and respect. So, when we heard about We’re All Weird! — a new children’s book by local author Kristen Heath — we wanted to share the book’s powerful message of inclusivity and kindness with our community. We partnered with Kristen and KMBC 9 News to create a new read-aloud video. Check it out!

When Kristen began working on her book, she realized every generation faces some level of social discomfort, and it is progressively getting worse. Growing up in Colorado, she recalls not always fitting in due to her small stature, hairstyle and quirky personality. When her peers criticized her, she was able to rise above the scrutiny through positive reinforcement from her family and genuine friendships. For her it wasn’t about a desire to fit in, but rather to be around the people who accepted and loved her for who she was.

“I am so excited to be partnering with Lead to Read KC and KMBC 9 News to bring my book to Kansas City’s youth. My main goal is to help younger generations in turning their imagination into endless possibilities while encouraging kindness, self-esteem and purpose. I hope every child who reads my book feels empowered to be their authentic, weird little selves!” 

— Kristen Heath, Author of We’re All Weird! 

We’re very grateful to our wonderful community partner KMBC 9 News for producing this video. Special thanks to Bryan Busby, Haley Harrison, Len Jennings and Neville Miller of KMBC for sharing their love of reading in the video.

Please share this fun read-aloud with the children in your life!