It's time to bring "Books for Budding Brains" to Siouxland.
KMEG 14 has been teaming up with D2 for the past four years, helping teach a love of reading to Siouxland kids,and a few young brains were getting some books Thursday.
The books were free and they couldn't come at a better time, with summer break just around the corner.
Hundreds of kids were having fun at Liberty Elementary in Sioux City Thursday, but that carnival wasn't the only thing to get excited about.
"I think we brought about 600 books today that we're trying to get rid of," said Emily Wells, a usability manager with D2 and volunteer with Books for Budding Brains.
Those free books were courtesy of Books for Budding Brains, and since 2009 the program has collected and given away more than 11,000 books.
It's all in hopes of getting young minds reading.
"If you start at a young age the percentage of kids who graduate from high school really increases a lot, so it's really important to get them started reading young," said Wells.
Getting kids ready for a summer away from school.
"So that they keep up on those skills, that they don't loose the skill of reading that they learned in school," said Wells. "And a lot of kids don't have access to books at home."
Parents say those books aren't just great tools for learning.
"Sometimes in the summer it's so hard for them to go to bed, so if you tell them, you know, I'm going to read a book, they'll be so interested because she likes to read," said Lily Simental.
But when it comes down to it, the kids say it's all about finding books with characters you actually want to read about.
"Bunnies, unicorns, unicorns that fly," said Citlaley Quinonez, a Pre-Kindergartner who got a free book about bunnies.
If you'd like to drop off some books, you've still got plenty of time.
Books for Budding Brains will be taking donations until the end of the May.
For a list of drop off locations, please check out this web site: