My First Books

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My First Books (formally Read to Me First Book) 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 2016-2017


The application to participate in 2017-2018 must be postmarked by April 21, 2017.

The My First Books program runs from September through May. Selected libraries must attend an orientation session in August. Only Idaho public libraries may apply.

Application Guidelines

Application for 2017-2018

Community Partner Information Sheet

Need Statement Examples