Early Literacy

Early Literacy

Providing information, training, technical assistance, and resources for Idaho libraries and their community partners. Our vision is for all parents and caregivers to nurture their children’s early literacy skills and for all children to develop as independent readers and become lifelong learners.

Read to Me’s public awareness efforts encompass a wide variety of materials and dissemination methods to reach families across Idaho with information about early literacy and library resources. Outreach materials are available for free to Idaho library staff by using our online ORDER FORM.

Through the READ TO ME Program, we offer libraries support to implement a variety of early literacy activities.

Read To Me Training


Learn about upcoming Read to Me training opportunities and access materials from past trainings.

Read To Me Resources


Find links to favorite resources, research and past presentations.


My First Books

The program provides books and library resources for at-risk children.

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Jump Start Kindergarten

Providing early literacy resources and a book to children/parents in the year before Kindergarten.

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Early Literacy in Action (formally Idaho Child Care Reads)

Librarians host early literacy workshops for child care providers.

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Outreach for Underserved Children

A year-round program providing early literacy resources and books to libraries conducting outreach.

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Kindergarten Readiness in your Community

Outreach workshops designed to help families in your community get children ready for kindergarten.

Summer Reading

Kids enjoy special programs and reading adventures, while minimizing the summer slide.

Kinder Readiness Grants

Kindergarten Readiness Grants

Providing funding for public libraries to reach children before they enter school.

El Día

ICfL provides connections to national resources for libraries hosting El día de los niños/El día de los libros celebrations.

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Idaho Family Reading Week

An annual statewide celebration to reinforce the fun and value of family reading.

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Idaho Libraries &  Laundromats

Building literacy-rich places in everyday spaces.


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Staci Shaw

Staci Shaw

Youth Services Consultant
Email / 208-639-4178
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Jennifer Redford

Youth Services Consultant
Email / 208-639-4147
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Kristina Taylor

Kristina Taylor

Youth Services Project Coordinator
Email / 208-639-4136
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