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Books to Go Bookworms

  1. 1-btgbookworm-print-motivation
  2. 2-btgbookworm-ltr-knowledge
  3. 3-btgbookworm-vocabulary
  4. 4-btgbookworm-phonological-awareness
  5. 5-btgbookworm-print-awareness
  6. 6-btgbookworm-narrative-skills
  7. 7-btgbookworm-early-literacy
  8. 8-btgbookworm-play-literacy
  9. 9-btgbookworm-blocks
  10. 10-btgbookworm-art11-btg-bookworm-writing
  11. 12-btgbookworm-math
  12. 13-btgbookworm-science
  13. 14-btgbookworm-music
  14. 15-btgbookworm-multicultural-lit
  15. 16-btgbookworm-nature
  16. 17-btgbookworm-humor
  17. 18-btgbookworm-bears
  18. 19-btgbookworm-cooking
  19. 20-btgbookworm-library
  20. 21-btgbookworm-punctuation
  21. 22-btgbookworm-friendship
  22. 23-btgbookworm-dinosaurs
  23. 24-btgbookworm-rhyming-fun
  24. 25-btgbookworm-imagination
  25. 26-btgbookworm-thingsthatgo
  26. 27-btgbookworm-family-stories
  27. 28-btgbookworm-exploring-weather
  28. 29-btgbookworm-feelings
  29. 30-btgbookworm-gardens

Spanish Language Bookworms

  1. 1-ltr-knowledge
  2. 2-narrative
  3. 3-phonological-awareness
  4. 4-print-awareness
  5. 5-vocabulary
  6. 6-print-motivation
  7. 7-family-stories
  8. 8-math
  9. 9-cooking
  10. 10-humor

Infant Toddler Bookworms

  1. 1-babies
  2. 2-goodnight
  3. 3-farms
  4. 4-bodies
  5. 5-thingsthatgo
  6. 6-family
  7. 7-counting
  8. 8-bears
  9. 9-phonological-awareness
  10. 10-letter-knowledge
  11. 11-print-awareness
  12. 12-print-motivation
  13. 13-narrative-skills
  14. 14-vocabulary
  15. 15-multilingual

Books to Go Program

The Idaho Commission for Libraries and Idaho public libraries placed Books to Go bins of books at Head Start sites, developmental preschools, child care centers, and home-based child care locations. This allowed parents and caregivers to have convenient, continuous access to pre-packaged books. The bags contained age-appropriate quality books and an early literacy handout that corresponded with the titles. Early childhood educators were encouraged to use the books and materials throughout the day and parents were able to check out “Books to Go” when they picked up their child or they were sent home on a regular basis. Health and Welfare's Infant-Toddler Program also partners with the program to provide Books to Go during home visits. 

Over 460 Books to Go bins were placed in locations throughout the state between 2012 and 2016. Recently the decision was made to not accept any new partners into the program. ICfL will continue to replace lost or damaged books for active partners who survey parents and complete program reports through 2017. We will assess the spring evaluations and determine if our budget can continue to provide replacement books for active partners.  

An online 30-minute overview of the program can be found at 

FAQs about Books to Go

What happens if a book gets lost or damaged?  We’ll replace any books that get lost or damaged at no charge through 2017 for sites who surey parents and complete summary reports. Just send an email to with your address and the title and we’ll get the replacement book to you as soon as possible. Please don’t fine families for late returns or make them pay for replacement books. We want this to be a risk-free, easy-to-use program for you and the families you serve.

How about lost or damaged bags? We’ve included four extra bags in your starter bin and can provide more by emailing Dian at the address above or on the back of your binder.  

 Can I replace books with my own? Sure. If there’s a title you don’t care for or one gets lost and you have one at your site that matches the bag’s theme pretty closely, feel free to substitute titles. You can cross out the “old” title on the content page and substitute your own or create a new one from the Word file located at You can also temporarily substitute a title to keep the bags circulating while families look under beds for missing books or while we mail you a replacement title.

What’s the deal with all these surveys? Funding for the Books to Go program is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency with federal grant reporting requirements. There’s an end-of-the year parent evaluation, partner evaluation, and a library evaluation. We carefully collect every evaluation annually, read them, and report on results. We appreciate all you are doing to help collect this information and get it to us.

When and how should we turn these surveys in? You can send the partner and end-of-the-year parent evaluations to your local librarian in March or April. Library staff send parent evaluations to ICfL and submit a final report at- by April 30.

 We lost the content page for a bag and/or a Bookworm handout. What do we do? We put the all the content pages in one Word file below and each of the Bookworms are to the right of this page. Just print any page you are missing, put them in a sheet protector if possible, and keep on checking out more books. 

What are the goals of the program?

The project has three main desired outcomes:
  • Desired Outcome 1: Early literacy skills improve among low-income children as a result of participating in the Books to Go program.
  • Desired Outcome 2: Parents participating in Books to Go will indicate their behavior has changed by incorporating more reading and early literacy activities into daily life.
  • Desired Outcome 3: Public libraries will form or enhance partnerships to better meet the needs of preschool children and their parents and caregivers.

How can we share information with parents about how important it is for them to read with their children on a regular basis? We know just providing access to books won’t increase early literacy skills. Parents and caregivers need to share these books with young children, talk about the books they are reading, and try some of the ideas suggested in each bag’s Bookworm handout. We encourage you to talk about the program one-on-one with parents whenever possible. Please send home the letter to families (included in the Books to Go binder) and encourage them to have fun with the program. The Read to Me program provides a variety of free support materials you could distribute to families – maybe a new one each week to avoid overwhelming them with information all at once. Library staff and partners might consider hosting a family early literacy workshop or brainstorming other ways to share how important it is to share books with children from a young age on. 

Books to Go Check Out Sheet.doc58 KB
Books to Go Check Out Sheet - sample.doc61 KB
BTG-content-pages.doc854 KB
Books to Go-reminder-slips.doc261.5 KB
Books to Go Parent-Caregiver Survey.pdf37.52 KB
Parent letter-btg.doc26.5 KB
Parent letter-btg_spanish.doc27 KB
Book-to-Go-master list-bags1-30.doc135 KB
Books to Go themes.pdf374.41 KB
Books-to-Go-spanish-10bags-master-list.pdf85.7 KB
BTG-content-pages-InfantToddler.pdf384 KB
Books to Go Parent-Caregiver Survey - spanish.doc58.5 KB
Content-pages-bilingual-IT.doc517 KB
Books to Go Partner Survey-pdf92.18 KB
Books to Go check out sheet- alternative.docx13.27 KB
Missing Books.docx13.76 KB