My First Books

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My First Books targets children from birth to kindergarten who are unlikely to have many books in their homes or have a library card. The program provides a book a month for nine months for each participating child, and My First Books families can participate in a free early literacy workshop. My First Books parents also receive a monthly newsletter, "The Bookworm," which suggests tips and strategies to support early literacy skills at home.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Staci at 1-800-458-3271.

In addition to providing children with books, a goal of all Read to Me programs is to encourage contact between participating families and librarians to promote local library services.  

Map of Libraries Participating in 2018-2019


The application to participate in 2018-2019 is now electronic

See Application Guidelines below. Only Idaho public libraries may apply.

Application Guidelines

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Community Partner Information Sheet (required)

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