IdahoPTV's First Book
Idaho Public Television collaborates with
First Book and other non-profit
organizations to give disadvantaged children the opportunity
to read and provide free books to children who otherwise might
not have books in the home. IdahoPTV distributes 1700 books each
month to underprivileged children around the state. The goals
of IdahoPTV's First Book are:
- to build a love of reading and encourage
- to build a library of 12 books for a child
who otherwise might not own books. (New groups of children are
selected annually to receive books.)
- when books are given to the children they
will be accompanied by an activity which extends the learning
and helps to build a love of reading.
- that parental education be provided whenever
Each year we serve new children, even though
we may work with the same partner
organizations. Books are delivered face to face by our partners
and include an educational component. Every book is accompanied
by suggested activities that provide television to book and activity
For a list and map of last year's First Book
Our First Book year runs from September through
August. Partnership applications
are accepted each year through July 1.
Funding for Ready to Read is provided
Ready To Learn, A
grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and the
Idaho State Library.
BOOKS ON TV
Idaho Public Television broadcasts 56 hours every week of high-quality,
educational children's programs. BETWEEN
THE LIONS, READING
BUNCH and NODDY
are all book-based and encourage reading. Click on any of the
programs for a schedule of what book will be featured each day.
THE LIONS is an award-winning book-based program that
kids love. Watch it weekdays at 10:30/9:30 a.m. MT/PT and repeats
at 5:00 p.m. PT only. BETWEEN THE LIONS is named for a family
of lions who run a library like no other on earth. The doors swing
open to reveal a magical place where characters pop off the pages
of books, vowels sing, and words take on a life of their own.
The series combines innovative puppetry, animation, live action,
and music to transform the sometimes confusing process of learning
to read into an entertaining adventure for children ages 4 to
7 and their families.
has a thematic
book list which is an excellent resource when looking for
childrens literature on a specific topic!
Don't miss Tuned
In for information on all of our quality children's programming!
Check out monthly "Connections"
for more program and book information.
EXPLORING NEW BOOKS
Before you head out to the library,
you can see if your library has the book you want! Idaho
State Libraries (LILI) has a great website with a searchable
database to locate specific booktitles or authors. You can
search the whole database or there are links to local library
HELPING YOUR CHILDREN READ
Ten Ways To Help
Your Children become better readers
Most children will learn how to read. Whether they will become
good readers and enjoy reading depends in large part upon your
help and encouragement.