JaxKids Book Club

#Welcome to the JaxKids Book Club

Boy reading for Jax Kids Book ClubThe JaxKids Book Club was established in 2005. It provides all Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) children in Duval County with a backpack of 8-10 books that feature local attractions, a “Flat Pete” dog cut out, a bookmark, and information about the Library's early childhood programs and links to register. 

#What's Included?

The Backpack: Let’s break down the contents of the backpack (which happens to be the perfect size for a Kindergartner to use!):

The Books:  The books feature local attractions in Jacksonville, such as the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, the beaches, area museums, the Library, and more. Families can learn together about the points of interest where they live. At the end of each book are a few pages containing family literacy activities. These include questions to ask before, during, and after reading the book, as well as a craft activity, a simple snack recipe, and a song, each themed to the book.

“Flat Pete”:  Pete the Dog is character featured in every book, so a flat cut-out version is included in the bacFlat Pete Jax Kids Book Clubkpack, encouraging children to share their own adventures with Pete! 

Program Information Card: Each bag includes a card with information about the Library's JaxKids Book Club Summer Storytime Series and early childhood programs and QR codes to connect parents & caregivers to sign up for programs. 

#How Do You Get a Backpack? 

The majority of the backpacks are directly distributed to all Duval County VPKs (public and private) in the month before school dismisses for the summer. If a child doesn’t receive a backpack through a VPK, they may get one from the Children’s Department at any Jacksonville Public Library location.

#Mom reading child Jax Kids Book Club Programs

The Library has several opportunities to learn with JaxKids Book Club friends:

  • April-May: some VPKs receive a visit from Library staff who present a story time program to promote the upcoming JaxKids Book Club backpack distribution
  • June-July: there is a six-week themed summer reading program series just for the JaxKids Book Club.
  • Occasionally throughout the year, there are special JaxKids Book Club events at select libraries.




#2022 JaxKids Book Club Sponsors

The JaxKids Book Club would like to thank the following corporations who have shown that literacy and putting children first is a priority for Jacksonville.

Become a sponsor of the JaxKids Book Club! Please contact the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation for information.

JM Family Enterprises and Southeast Toyota logos   Early learning Coalition of Duval Jax Kids Book Club sponsors   Division of Early learning logo   Walmart Jax Kids Book Club sponsors  

PNC Jax Kids Book Club sponsor  Coker Law Trial Attorneys Jax Kids Book Club sponsorFlorida Blue Jax Kids Book Club sponsorVystar Jax Kids Book Club sponsor Pajcic and Pajcic Attorneys at Law Jax Kids Book Club sponsorKids Hope Alliance Jax Kids Book Club sponsor          

Jacksonville Public Library Foundation Jax Kids Book Club sponsor


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