Book it Forward Idaho

Book it Forward Idaho

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Thank you for the 600 books we were able to give away tonight.
Thank you for the 600 books we gave away at Shadow Butte Literacy Night 2019! We can't say thank you enough.
A HUGE thank you from Shadow Butte Elementary! We gave away 600 books to children who attended our Literacy Night with the Treasure Valley Avengers and Gary Hogg Children's Book Author. Thank you for this amazing gift you give to children whose families often cannot afford books. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
On behalf of children birth to three in North Idaho, thank you #Bookitforwardidaho for your generous book donation of 400 books!!! 🤗 We are thrilled that we can offer books to our families. Your help makes our literacy challenge possible.

Providing books to children, creating a successful future! To learn more visit: http://www.idahovoices.org Did you know that in middle and high income homes, there are up to 54 books per child?

Did you know that in low income homes, there is 1 book per 300 children?! Even if these kids do well in school, they do not have the resources (books) at home to become successful readers. Reading proficiently at the end of 3rd grade is the most significant indicator of success in school, high school graduation, and post secondary education. And/or it can predict entry into the juvenile justice sy

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09/13/2021

Once again the wonderful people in our community have stocked the book box outside Barnes & Noble with over a hundred kids’ books this week! Thank you from the bottom of our grateful ❤️!

Once again the wonderful people in our community have stocked the book box outside Barnes & Noble with over a hundred kids’ books this week! Thank you from the bottom of our grateful ❤️!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 09/13/2021

Payette Primary School received 270+ books for their second grade students. It's a great way to start the school year reading!

09/12/2021

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” — Maya Angelou⁠

Brielle is living her best baby bibliophile life, and we love it. This representation is beautiful!⁠

Photo Credit: @bri_reigns_

#BecauseOfThemWeCan

09/04/2021

Thank you to Barnes & Noble for helping us fulfill local teachers’ wish lists of children’s books for their students!
Here’s Katie Wickman, Grade 3 teacher at Lowell Elementary, excited to open up her box of books!
#booksforkids
#bookitforward

Thank you to Barnes & Noble for helping us fulfill local teachers’ wish lists of children’s books for their students!
Here’s Katie Wickman, Grade 3 teacher at Lowell Elementary, excited to open up her box of books!
#booksforkids
#bookitforward

09/02/2021

Check out Giraffe Laugh at Experience Garden City this Saturday, September 4th. They have 360+ books for babies to 6th grade to give to kids and families! Happy reading!

Check out Giraffe Laugh at Experience Garden City this Saturday, September 4th. They have 360+ books for babies to 6th grade to give to kids and families! Happy reading!

08/25/2021

Over 100 amazing kids’ books in the Barnes & Noble collection box this week! Thank you to everyone who stocks the box for kids who need books!

Over 100 amazing kids’ books in the Barnes & Noble collection box this week! Thank you to everyone who stocks the box for kids who need books!

08/24/2021

The United Way of Treasure Valley always has our back! Thank you for collecting over 350 books for us to get into the hands of eager readers as school starts! Thank you for your partnership & friendship! ❤️💙💚
United we continue to do great things!

The United Way of Treasure Valley always has our back! Thank you for collecting over 350 books for us to get into the hands of eager readers as school starts! Thank you for your partnership & friendship! ❤️💙💚
United we continue to do great things!

08/22/2021

We are happy to help new teachers build up their classroom reading materials/libraries! Delivery for 1st grade teacher Erica on its way!

We are happy to help new teachers build up their classroom reading materials/libraries! Delivery for 1st grade teacher Erica on its way!

08/19/2021

So grateful to partner with Rediscovered Books and Once and Future Books to find creative ways to get books to kids. Thank you, Rebecca Gottberg, for your enthusiasm to work with us. And thank you to Michael Hercus from United Way of Treasure Valley for connecting us.
#booksforkids
#uwtv

So grateful to partner with Rediscovered Books and Once and Future Books to find creative ways to get books to kids. Thank you, Rebecca Gottberg, for your enthusiasm to work with us. And thank you to Michael Hercus from United Way of Treasure Valley for connecting us.
#booksforkids
#uwtv

08/19/2021

Thank you to Melody Hitchner from the Idaho Statesman for cleaning books for us so we can get them out to kids in time for school! This connection was possible thanks to United Way of Treasure Valley!
#donatebooks
#uwtv

Thank you to Melody Hitchner from the Idaho Statesman for cleaning books for us so we can get them out to kids in time for school! This connection was possible thanks to United Way of Treasure Valley!
#donatebooks
#uwtv

08/16/2021

Love this! 🧡

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 08/13/2021

We try to help teachers stock up classroom libraries. We recently helped a 4th grade teacher at Maxine Johnson Elementary School in Parma restock her classroom reading materials.

Thank you to the many retired teachers who donate their books! We are happy to refresh them and get them out to other teachers!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 08/13/2021

Homedale Schools is having a back to school event on August 14th from 10 AM - 4 PM at Sundance Park in Homedale, providing resources like shoes and school supplies to students and families.

We provided 400+ books for Kindergarten to 8th grade for kids to take home and keep! Read on!!

Another connection from United Way of Treasure Valley!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 08/13/2021

WICAP of Canyon County is "compassionate people serving communities through individualized programs to provide opportunities that create a thriving culture."

One program they run is Head Start, serving 800+ families and we delivered 850+ books today for baby, preschool, kindergarten and older siblings. Books in homes will make a huge difference in developing literacy skills, by parents reading to children and children having books to hold and explore and imagine!

Thanks to United Way of Treasure Valley for connecting us to WICAP to help in providing these gently-used books. And many thanks to the book drive participants, like CapEd Credit Union who collected 5,000+ books in July!

08/10/2021

We LOVE our Book it Forward Idaho team at Caldwell Family YMCA! They volunteer countless hours cleaning and sorting and getting books to kids at Treasure Valley Family YMCA and at other events in and around Caldwell. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

We LOVE our Book it Forward Idaho team at Caldwell Family YMCA! They volunteer countless hours cleaning and sorting and getting books to kids at Treasure Valley Family YMCA and at other events in and around Caldwell. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

08/10/2021

Idaho Power collected an amazing 1500+ books for United Way of Treasure Valley's big book bash in July. Many are new bought books and we are so happy to get these out to Homedale back to school events, Parma teachers, and Head Starts! Thank you so much for your generosity and delivery!

Idaho Power collected an amazing 1500+ books for United Way of Treasure Valley's big book bash in July. Many are new bought books and we are so happy to get these out to Homedale back to school events, Parma teachers, and Head Starts! Thank you so much for your generosity and delivery!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 08/04/2021

Thank you to United Way of Treasure Valley for organizing a huge book drive with our local CapEd Credit Unions for us. And thank you to CapEd for hosting the drives and getting us over 5000 books! These books will bring smiles to many children’s faces.

08/04/2021

We are happy to help teachers build up their classroom libraries with gently-used books!

We are happy to help teachers build up their classroom libraries with gently-used books!

08/04/2021

A fantastic teacher in Parma is making it her mission to stock up little libraries to make books more available to kids and families! We LOVE that! We were able to provide an initial supply of 300 books to keep the kids reading.

A fantastic teacher in Parma is making it her mission to stock up little libraries to make books more available to kids and families! We LOVE that! We were able to provide an initial supply of 300 books to keep the kids reading.

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 08/04/2021

What a terrific effort by all 9 CapEd Credit Union locations in the Treasure Valley! They have collected and cleaned 5100+ books that we will be able to turn around and deliver to Head Starts, Little Libraries, and back to school programs.

Thank you United Way of Treasure Valley for providing the logistics and support to make this happen! Our cars were full to the gills!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 07/31/2021

CapEd Credit Union has been running a book drive for us for the month of July. They have collected fantastic books in their 9 Treasure Valley locations, as well as donations from retired teachers. Here is a huge donation of great classroom books on science, animals, dinosaurs, and DORA!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 07/31/2021

First Interstate Bank on Overland has been busy cleaning and sorting books so we can turn them around quickly and get them to kids this summer! Many thanks for their dedication, generosity and fantastic cleaning skills!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 07/29/2021

Thanks to United Way of Treasure Valley, we have connected to various organizations/people who are stocking little libraries around the greater Treasure Valley. We just supplied 370+ books for Baby through 6th grade, to the Star Lions Club to stock 3 little libraries in their area.

Timeline Photos 07/25/2021

Timeline Photos

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07/23/2021

Thank you to Weston Arnell and Eric Palfreyman for motivating your youth groups to clean hundreds of books for us as part of our United Way “United We Read” project. Many kids in the Valley will benefit from this!

Thank you to Weston Arnell and Eric Palfreyman for motivating your youth groups to clean hundreds of books for us as part of our United Way “United We Read” project. Many kids in the Valley will benefit from this!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 07/22/2021

Thank you to Jennifer Hannah and her family for cleaning children’s books for us as part of the United Way “United We Read” project. These books will help address learning loss during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 07/22/2021

So much fun at the United Way’s United We Read Book Bash today sharing our love of literacy with so many amazing kids! They were so happy to choose their own books to keep and enjoy, play literacy games, and have a lunch at the park.
United we can do great things!
#UWTV
#LiveUnited
#UnitedWeRead2021

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 07/19/2021

Many thanks to the Idaho Office for Refugees and St Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for helping us get books to kids and families at their vaccine clinic!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 07/10/2021

Thank you to United Way of Treasure Valley for coordinating book drives for us with CapEd Federal Credit Unions so we can get books to kids who need them most. We are grateful! Stop by one of the 9 local CapEd locations to donate your gently-used kids’ books and help us fight Covid-19 learning loss.

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 07/09/2021

CapEd Credit Union are running book drives at their 9 Treasure Valley locations through the end of July. If you'd like to donate gently-used books for children ages baby to 18 years, please drop by any of their locations.

The books we have received so far are fantastic quality and will be distributed at summer school and lunch in the park programs, and at vaccine clinics. Many thanks to United Way of Treasure Valley for all of their efforts to organize this drive to promote literacy!

Having books in homes is an essential piece of the puzzle to children building literacy skills and your donations will make a difference!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 07/09/2021

Sarah with Starbucks ran a book drive for us and collected almost 150 great books for kids! We so appreciate her time and efforts to further literacy!

07/07/2021

Many thanks to our wonderful donors! We were able to donate 200+ high school books to Boise Public Library, for summer school programs in Boise!

Books in homes - what a way to spend the summer!

Many thanks to our wonderful donors! We were able to donate 200+ high school books to Boise Public Library, for summer school programs in Boise!

Books in homes - what a way to spend the summer!

Photos from Book it Forward Idaho's post 07/07/2021

Today, Boise Public Library at Hillcrest had a mobile COVID vaccine unit in the parking lot and we provided free books! This is a great partnership to keep our community healthy, safe and well read!

Idaho Office for Refugees
Boise Public Library

06/30/2021

Mark your calendars for Thursday, all books with stars on the cover will be 20% off at both stores that day! 🌟

06/26/2021

Our Story

Did you know that in middle and high income homes, there are 50 - 60 books per child?

Did you know that in low income homes, there is 1 book per 300 children?!

Even if these kids do well in school, they do not have the resources (books) at home to become successful readers.

Reading proficiently at the end of 3rd grade is the most significant indicator of success in school, high school graduation, and post secondary education. And/or it can predict entry into the juvenile justice system.

In support of Idaho Voices for Children’s 3rd Grade Reading Initiative, we are partnering with The Cabin and other reading supporters in the community to collect gently-used (new are welcomed!) books that your children have outgrown, and provide them to children in need of books.

This is one small act we can do now, to pay it forward for a more successful future for all Idaho children.

Thanks to the generous support from our community, 590,000+ books have been donated to kids! Wow!


Drop donations off at:
The Y - Downtown and West and Caldwell
The Cabin Literary Center – 801 S Capitol Blvd.
Idaho Voices for Children – 1607 W Jefferson Str.

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