Birthday Books

Celebrate your child’s birthday by giving the gift of reading. Make a lasting contribution, in your child’s name, to our school library.

How it Works

Donate $15 per child to the Birthday Books program. On, or near your child’s birthday, they will visit the media center to choose from a selection of pre-purchased books. These books come highly recommended and are needed titles in our library. A bookplate will be attached on the inside front cover to mark your child’s contribution and they will be the first to check the book out and read it to the class!

Get Started Today!

Donate online via RevTrak at our PTO Web Store.

From the “Shortcuts” box at the top right of screen, click on “Web Store” – then “PTA/PTO Web Stores”. From there, select “Minnewashta” to get to the “Birthday Books Donation button.” Your payment helps provide a selection of Birthday Books throughout the school year. Extra donations help purchase Birthday scholarships. Join us in contributing to our library and help your child leave a lasting and significant legacy.

Frequently Asked Questions About Minnewashta’s Birthday Books Program

Why Birthday Books?

The Minnewashta PTO’s Birthday Book Program was launched in the Fall of 2013. The goal was to celebrate each student’s birthday with the lasting gift of reading and to achieve the following objectives:

  • Eliminate the disparity in the types of birthday “treats” brought to classrooms.
  • Minimize exposure to food allergens
  • Improve the quantity and variety of books available in the Media Center.

How does it work?

Parents donate $15 per child to the program. On, or near their birthday, participating students choose a book from the Media Center’s birthday collection. Our media specialist will assist the student in finding a book that matches their interests and attach a bookplate marking their special day on the inside front cover. Students and/or their special guest are encouraged to read the book, or an excerpt, to the class during reading time.

What if our family chooses not to participate?

No problem, all students will receive a specially-signed birthday card from their classmates and Principal Andress. Children can also borrow a book from the library to read to the class or donate a gently used book to their child’s classroom. The Media Center, however, cannot accept outside books. Our media specialist has pre-purchased books from educational sources that address the library’s specific needs.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Participating families may contribute additional funds, in any amount, to purchase birthday books for others. The school social worker will identify students who could benefit from the generosity of others and will communicate this information directly to teaching staff.

Can food be brought to school to celebrate birthdays?

No. If a parent or student brings food to school on a student’s birthday, office staff and teachers will kindly ask them to enjoy the food at home and explain our Birthday Book program.

When will summer/holiday birthdays be celebrated?

Teachers may determine the best time to celebrate birthdays that land on non-school days.

What happens if my child’s birthday already passed and I didn’t sign up, is it too late?

No. You can still sign up using the same process mentioned above. Once you have signed up, just let your child’s teacher know that they would like to participate retroactively.