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. During your child’s birthday month, 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.

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 via the PTO webstore. During your child’s birthday month, participating students choose a book from the Media Center’s birthday collection. Student’s will be assisted as needed in finding a book that matches their interests and will attach a bookplate marking their special day on the inside front cover. Working with their teacher, students and/or their special guest are encouraged to read the book, or an excerpt, to the class during reading time.

When will my child get to select their birthday book at the Media Center?

There will be a “Birthday books station” open 2x/month in the Media Center around the beginning and middle of the month. Teachers will receive a notice in their mailbox before the station is open letting them know who in their class is signed up to participate with a birthday that month, and the specific day/time window to send the student to the Media Center. As your child’s birthday month approaches, you may also let your child’s teacher know that they are signed up to participate.

Do I need to wait until my child’s birthday to sign up in the Webstore?

No, you can sign up for the program at any time during the school year. Student’s will generally select their Birthday book during their birthday month.

What if our family chooses not to participate?

No problem, the program is completely optional, and teachers generally acknowledge student’s birthdays in other ways in the classroom. As an alternative, students can also borrow a book from the library to read to their class or donate a gently used book to their teacher’s classroom.

Can our family just purchase a book directly to use for the program?

No, the Media Center cannot accept outside books. Our media specialists have pre-purchased books from educational sources that address the library’s specific needs. If you have a book that you think would be beneficial for the Minnewashta library, feel free to contact the Birthday Books chairperson, Michelle Edstrom, and the request can be evaluated in partnership with the media specialists.

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. For summer birthdays under the Birthday Books program, students will have the option to select a book either at the end of May/beginning of June or right away in September. Some teacher’s also work with students to celebrate a half birthday instead.

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.

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.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Please contact the PTO Birthday Books Chairperson, Michelle Edstrom – michelle_edstrom@yahoo.com.