Idaho Family Reading Week

"Find It at Your Library"

November 2018

Showcase all the great resources your library has to offer with "Find It at Your Library," this year's theme for Idaho Family Reading Week. 

Family Reading Week art

The official week is November 11th - 17th but events can take place anytime in November. Publicly-funded school and public libraries can register online to receive materials to help support a Family Reading Week event. (If partnering to offer one FRW event, only one registration form should be submitted, either by the public or school library - not both.) The first 100 libraries to register will receive six, new hardcover nonfiction books. Let's help our families and children discover all the great resources our libraries have to offer!

Program registration open: September 15th - October 15th 

(Note: If  a school and public library are partnering to offer one FRW event, only one registration form should be submitted, either by the public or school libary.) 



Participating libraries will receive:

  • Six new, hardcover, non-ficton books (see title images below);

  • Public libraries may request some paperback non-fiction books to give to participating children or to partner with a local school to support their FRW event. (Some limits apply - see registration form for details.)

  • New this year! We have received 5,000 copies of First Lady Lori Otter's Ida books for FRW. All public and school libraries may request paperback copies to use as give-aways for participating children. (Public libraries are limited to 50 books; School libraries are limited to 150 books.)

  • All libraries may access free program ideas and resources that can be used year-round: a scavenger hunt, parent handouts that support early literacy skills, booklists, activity ideas, storytimes, and Beauty and the Beak extension activities (see links below).

First Lady Lori Otter's Ida book titles available for FRW:

Ida book covers

2018 Family Reading Week Hardcover Titles:

Program Requirements:

By applying for the Idaho Family Reading Week program, the library agrees to:

  • host at least 1 family reading event by November 30, 2018 (event does NOT have to be Nov 11-17 only)

  • submit a summary event report including numbers served, narrative responses and program/resource feedback by December 15, 2018. Be sure to preview the summary report before you register (linked below) so you know what information to gather and track during your program event.

Extension activities for "Beauty and the Beak":

Idaho's 2018 National Book Festival title "Beauty and the Beak" is a nonfiction picture book about Beauty, the wild bald eagle that made world news when she was illegally shot, rescued and received a pioneering, 3-D printed prosthetic beak.  This book is being provided as a resource for FRW this year. Here are some additional activities/resources that librarians or teachers can offer in conjunction with this book:

  • All public and school libraries can download the 3-D design (the .stl file) to 3-D print their very own Beauty beak: 

  • The raptor biologist who helped rescue Beauty and design, fit and care for Beauty's new beak, Janie Veltkamp, and author Deborah Lee Rose, developed an educational guide, aligned with Idaho Content Standards, for educational use:

  • Want to see and learn about birds of prey live (or via Skype)?! Request a live or virtual presentation from Janie and her aviary of trained, educational birds of prey on the Birds of Prey of Northwest website: (subsidized presentations by the Idaho STEM Action Center)

Downloadable Resources: 

Themed Artwork & other customizable templates:

Storytime Outlines:

Activities/Additional Resources:

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Questions?  Contact Read To Me Project Coordinator, Kristina Taylor, at (208) 639-4136 or  

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