2018 Children's Book Drive

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Children’s Book Drive collection week: April 9th-20th!

To help low-income children and reduce “Summer Learning Loss,” United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County will host the fourth annual United Way Children’s Book Drive. Businesses and organizations across Eastern Idaho will collect new and gently used children’s book April 9th-20th, 2018

United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County and volunteers will sort, clean and distribute these books to schools, libraries, daycare centers, senior centers and so many more! Last year, we collected more than 7,500 books!


Book Processing Center

United Way and volunteers will be cleaning and sorting the donated books in our book storage facility, located in the basement of our building (330 Shoup Ave).
Click here to sign up to volunteer, or contact the United Way office at (208) 522-2674 for more information. 
Book Drive Goal: Reducing ‘Summer Learning Loss’

During summer, low-income students regress by more than two months in reading achievement while their middle-class peers make slight gains. It’s a concept called Summer Learning Loss, and it’s a gap that widens for low-income children each year that they progress toward graduation.

According to the Idaho Department of Education, 63 percent of low-income first graders were reading at grade level in the spring of 2013. When they returned in the fall as second graders, only 41 percent were reading at grade level.

The good news? We can do something about it! A large-scale study of elementary students revealed that reading four to five books over the summer potentially can prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall. (SOURCE: Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk)

Book Drive promotional materials:
Download and share these Book Drive materials!
Drop-off Locations
  • United Way Office & US Bank (330 Shoup Ave)
  • KC Frames (551 S Woodruff Ave, Idaho Falls, ID)
  • The Framing Corner (1655 Market St, Ammon, ID)
  • Other Locations Coming Soon!

Make a Donation:

Don't have books to donate but want to support our efforts? Consider making a contribution! With the agreements that our United Way office has with national and local retailers, we can leverage your contribution, typically receiving 20 books for every $10 donated!