Kids Read Now was founded by Leib Lurie and his wife Barbara to help eliminate the summer reading slide.

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Disadvantaged Kids Fall Further Behind Every Summer


Kindergarten through third grade is a critical time in a child’s education. Over 75% of disadvantaged children are not proficient in reading when they start fourth grade, and most will never catch up. The summer reading slide drags down kids in reading skills every summer, leaving a lasting impact on their educational future.


The summer reading slide is responsible for 65% of the learning gap between rich and poor. Poor, minority, male students a year or more behind have a higher likelihood of dropping out or serving jail time. Although three-quarters of new jobs require post-secondary education, in most cities only one-quarter of adults qualify. Economic prosperity requires that we teach our children to read and reverse the summer slide.

Poor, minority, male students a year or more behind at this point have a 50% likelihood of dropping out, 40% will serve jail time, and only 24% will ever earn more than minimum wage.


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The Kids Read Now Solution


Using proven pedagogical techniques and refined yearly back to 2013, with 50,000 kids in over 100 districts coast to coast, the Kids Read Now turn-key in-home summer reading program offers proven results.

  1. Participating schools get a book wish list of over one hundred titles for each K-3 student.
  2. Students select nine books, get parent approval to participate, and receive a prize for reporting all of their books.
  3. The school hosts a Family Reading Night; students receive their first three books and parents get helpful reading tips.
  4. Students read a book and discuss Discovery Sheets— reading comprehension questions printed inside each book.
  5. Weekly calls, text messages, and emails ask parents to respond after each book is completed.
  6. After a parent reports that their child read a book, we mail a new book to their home.
  7. Students who read all nine books receive a prize and a certificate of recognition in the fall.
  8. Independent data analysis correlates books read against spring-vs-fall reading scores.

Transform your summer
reading program


Kids Read Now is proven to effectively reverse the summer reading slide and start students on a journey to better grades and a lifelong love of reading.

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Our Team Members


We work hard every day to give our customers the best programs to keep kids growing during the summer to keep them from falling victim to the summer slide.

  • Leib Lurie
  • Barb Lurie
  • Randy Weddle
    Chief Operations Officer
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Board of Directors


In FY 2019, we expanded the KRN Board of Directors to add the talent, depth and breadth in education, reading, logistics, finance and management, to help the organization grow.


All members have contributed to the KRN 2019 sustainability fund

Josh Walsh

Once the dream of becoming the conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra was out of reach, Josh Walsh turned his career to digital branding space working with consumer brand companies to help increase engagement with the products that they sell. As Chief Executive Officer at the Refinery, Josh works to build web applications that never lose sight of the people who use them. He creates better products through opening lines of communication between his customers and their customers. Before joining the Refinery, Josh attended Cleveland State University and the University of Toledo.

Angela Manning

Former president of One Call now, Angela Manning, brings her expert experience in strategic planning and business development. Angela is currently a Principal Strategist at AMPED Business Consulting. Through the ability to grasp complex problems and refine them into executable strategies, her expert team works to craft creative solutions that fit each customers’ goals and visions the first time. Angela received a Master of Business Administration from Urbana University.

Leib Lurie

Leib Lurie, MBA, is the Kids Read Now CEO, Board President and Co-founder. Before founding Kids Read Now, Leib was founder and CEO at One Call Now, the nation’s largest communications and notification provider for tens of thousands of schools and non-profit groups. Additionally, Leib is an eight-time INC 500/5000 honoree, and holds multiple patents in systems, communications and logistics. Previously, in senior executive roles for Macy’s, Pitney Bowes, Honeywell and others, he designed and automated large-scale warehouse logistics systems for hundreds of facilities around the globe. Married for 43 years to Barb Lurie, co-founder at Kids Read Now, he splits time between Troy, Ohio and Pelee Island, Ontario homes with digital everything except a TV.

Tom Osif

As an Executive Sales Leader with a record of driving outstanding B2B sales, operational results, and market share gain, Tom Osif continually shares his experience to help others grow. Currently, he is the Director of Sales at Wolters Kluwer CT Corporation. Tom is recognized for his astute market analysis, building C-level and partner relationships and customer-centric product management. His experience stretches across multiple sales channels in U.S. and global legal markets.

Jonathan Trunk

Bringing passion and enthusiasm to client engagements with the goal of delivering superior outcomes is Jonathan Trunk’s purpose. Jonathan currently brings his passion for helping his clients as a Business Advisory Practice Lead at Brixey & Meyer. His experience in leading clients through business technology strategy projects and supporting organizational change has led him the be an experienced leader and organizational change agent. Jonathan graduated from Xavier University.

Dr. Paul von Hippel

Paul von Hippel is an Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. His publications tackle key issues facing the U.S. today, including the summer reading slide and the obesity epidemic. Before becoming a professor, Paul worked at JPMorgan Chase as a Senior Risk Analyst and as a Consultant for Teach for America. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Music Research from Stanford University and his MAS, Statistics from the Ohio State University.

Dr. Glenn Kiefer

NY Native with decades of K-12 school administration experience and as retired superintendent for Troy City Schools, Glenn understands the complex relationships between staff, teachers, parents, students, and the community.  He has his doctorate from The Ohio State University and has been an adjunct professor at OSU. He and his wife Becky live in Cincinnati and Florida, but still bleeds Scarlet and Grey.

We’re an open book.


Kids Read Now is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit. The purpose-driven program has provided more than 800,000 books free of charge to over 100,000 K-3 students across America. We’re an open book, and we invite you to read the pages.

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Global Recognition


In 2013, Kids Read Now was invited, from among 32 early childhood programs, to present at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Chicago.


KRN was also invited to present at the world recognized South By SouthWest (SXSW) conference in Austin, TX on ways NGO’s, government and educators can collaborate for success.

Helping others isn’t new to the Lurie’s. Leib’s mother, Ellen Lurie, started a program in New York City for early childhood intervention. Her budding neighborhood action program, run with the help of the Community Service Society, served as a foundation model for the Head Start program that now serves 3 million kids annually.


PS5 in Northern Manhattan is dedicated as the Ellen Lurie Primary School in honor of Leib’s mother, an author, community activist and proponent of equality in education for all children regardless of income, color, and background.

Visiting Kids Read Now?


Our preferred hotel is Comfort Suites at 1800 Towne Park Drive, Troy, OH 45373. Comfort Suites offers discounted rooms for those affiliated with Kids Read Now, so be sure to mention us when you book your room!

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