Over 186 Million Free Books Gifted As Of July 2022

In July, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 2,065,211 books. The total number of free books gifted as of July 2022, is 186,680,257!

Group 1 Children Born in 2022

The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose

“The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose”
By Richard Walz

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2022
Australia – “Baby Love I Feel” or “All About Me”– 1/7/22
Canada – “Same Same” – 6/28/22
Ireland – “Is This My Nose?” – 30/6/22
United Kingdom – “Is This My Nose?” – 30/6/22
USA – “The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose” – 7/2/22

Group 2 Children Born in 2021

The Home Builders

“The Home Builders”
By Varsha Bajaj & Illustrated by Simona Mulazzani

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Australia – “I’ll Wait, Mr Panda” – 1/7/22
Canada – “The Home Builders” – 6/28/22
Ireland – “Peekaboo! Farm” – 30/6/22
United Kingdom – “Peekaboo! Farm” – 30/6/22
USA – “The Home Builders” – 7/20/22

Group 3 Children Born in 2020

Red House Tree House Itty Bitty Brown Mouse – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

“Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse”
By Jane Godwin & Illustrated by Blanca Gómez

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Peppa Loves the Great Barrier Reef” – 1/7/22
Canada – “What Does Crocodile Say?” – 6/28/22
Ireland – “The Three Little Pigs: Ladybird Touch and Feel Fairy Tales” – 30/6/22
United Kingdom – “The Three Little Pigs: Ladybird Touch and Feel Fairy Tales” – 30/6/22
USA – “Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse” – 7/20/22

Group 4 Children Born in 2019

The Three Little Pigs

“The Three Little Pigs”
By Carly Gledhill

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Nickle Nackle Tree” – 1/7/22
Canada – “The Three Little Pigs” – 6/28/22
Ireland – “On the Farm with a Ladybird” – 30/6/22
United Kingdom – “On the Farm with a Ladybird” – 30/6/22
USA – “The Three Little Pigs” – 7/18/22

Group 5 Children Born in 2018

This Beach is Loud

“This Beach is Loud!”
By Samantha Cotterill

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Our Island” or “Charlotte and the Rock”– 1/7/22
Canada – “Natsumi’s Song of Summer” – 6/28/22
Ireland – “Pass It On ” – 30/6/22
United Kingdom – “Pass It On ” – 30/6/22
USA – “This Beach is Loud!” – 7/7/22

Group 6 Children Born in 2017

First Day Critter Jitters

“First Day Critter Jitters”
By Jory John & Illustrated by Liz Climo

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Rocky and Louie” or “The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek”– 1/7/22
Canada – “This is Ruby” – 6/28/22
Ireland – “Pablo: Pablo’s Feelings” – 30/6/22
United Kingdom – “Pablo: Pablo’s Feelings” – 30/6/22
USA – “First Day Critter Jitters” – 7/1/22

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Little Engine That Could - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman 

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Roo Knows Blue” or “Otto The Book Bear in the Snow”– 1/7/22
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/28/22
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 30/6/22
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 30/6/22
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/29/22

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson 

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Starting School” – 1/7/22
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/28/22
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 30/6/22
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 30/6/22
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/30/22

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

June 2022 Total Books Gifted Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

In June, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 2,043,373 books. The total number of free books gifted as of June 2022, is 184,615,046!

Group 1 Children Born in 2022

Who Says Quack

“Who Says Quack?”
By Jerry Smath

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2022
Canada – “Sometimes We Think You are a Monkey” – 6/1/22
Ireland – “Baby Touch B&W Animals” – 31/5/22
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch B&W Animals” – 31/5/22
USA – “Who Says Quack?” – 6/23/22

Group 2 Children Born in 2021

Tad and Dad

“Tad and Dad”
By David Ezra Stein

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Tad & Dad” – 6/1/22
Ireland – “Whose… Stripes?” – 31/5/22
United Kingdom – “Whose… Stripes?” – 31/5/22
USA – “Tad and Dad” – 6/22/22

Group 3 Children Born in 2020

Squeak

“Squeak!”
By Laura McGee Kvasnosky & Kate Harvey McGee

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “A Bedtime Yarn” – 6/1/22
Ireland – “Little World: Shopping Trip” – 31/5/22
United Kingdom – “Little World: Shopping Trip” – 31/5/22
USA – “Squeak!” – 6/20/22

Group 4 Children Born in 2019

Hair Love

“Hair Love”
By Matthew A. Cherry & Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “The Secret Fawn” – 6/1/22
Ireland – “100 Cats” – 31/5/22
United Kingdom – “100 Cats” – 31/5/22
USA – “Hair Love” – 6/14/22

Group 5 Children Born in 2018

The Night Before the Dentist

“The Night Before the Dentist”
By Natasha Wing & Illustrated by Amy Wummer

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Encounter” – 6/1/22
Ireland – “When I Grow Up Farmer ” – 31/5/22
United Kingdom – “When I Grow Up Farmer ” – 31/5/22
USA – “The Night Before the Dentist” – 6/9/22

Group 6 Children Born in 2017

Blue Sky White Stars

“Blue Sky White Stars”
By Sarvinder Naberhaus & Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Mr Mole Moves In” – 6/1/22
Ireland – “Harry and the Guinea Pig” – 31/5/22
United Kingdom – “Harry and the Guinea Pig” – 31/5/22
USA – “Blue Sky White Stars” – 6/6/22

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Little Engine That Could - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman 

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/1/22
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 31/5/22
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 31/5/22
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/2/22

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson 

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/1/22
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 31/5/22
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 31/5/22
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/2/22

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Over 182 Million Free Books Gifted As Of May 2022

In May, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 2,023,258 books. The total number of free books gifted as of May 2022, is 182,571,673!

Group 1 Children Born in 2022

Look at the Animals

“Look at the Animals”
By Peter Linenthal

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2022
Canada – “Look at the Animals” – 5/2/22
Ireland – “Moomin Baby: Words Tummy Time Concertina Book” – 29/4/22
United Kingdom – “Moomin Baby: Words Tummy Time Concertina Book” – 29/4/22
USA – “Look at the Animals” – 5/10/22

Group 2 Children Born in 2021

Sleep Tight with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

“Sleep Tight with the Very Hungry Caterpillar”
By Eric Carle

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Where’s Baby?” – 5/2/22
Ireland – “Where is the Very Hungry Caterpillar?” – 29/4/22
United Kingdom – “Where is the Very Hungry Caterpillar?” – 29/4/22
USA – “Sleep Tight with the Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 5/17/22

Group 3 Children Born in 2020

Dandelion Magic

“Dandelion Magic”
By Darren Farrell & Illustrated by Maya Tatsukawa

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Dandelion Magic” – 5/2/22
Ireland – “Ladybird First Favourite Nursery Rhymes” – 29/4/22
United Kingdom – “Ladybird First Favourite Nursery Rhymes” – 29/4/22
USA – “Dandelion Magic” – 5/23/22

Group 4 Children Born in 2019

Raindrops to Rainbow

“Raindrops to Rainbow”
By John Micklos, Jr. & Illustrated by Charlene Chua

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Raindrops to Rainbow” – 5/2/22
Ireland – “King Jack and the Dragon” – 29/4/22
United Kingdom – “King Jack and the Dragon” – 29/4/22
USA – “Raindrops to Rainbow” – 5/11/22

Group 5 Children Born in 2018

Alex's Good Fortune

“Alex’s Good Fortune”
By Benson Shum

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Alex’s Good Fortune” – 5/2/22
Ireland – “Chicken Nugget” – 29/4/22
United Kingdom – “Chicken Nugget” – 29/4/22
USA – “Alex’s Good Fortune” – 5/5/22

Group 6 Children Born in 2017

The Tree in Me

“The Tree in Me”
By Corinna Luyken

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Red Sky at Night” – 5/2/22
Ireland – “Do You Know? Level 1 – BBC Earth Birds and Insects” – 29/4/22
United Kingdom – “Do You Know? Level 1 – BBC Earth Birds and Insects” – 29/4/22
USA – “The Tree in Me” – 5/13/22

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Little Engine That Could - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman 

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/2/22
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 29/4/22
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 29/4/22
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/2/22

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson 

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/2/22
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 6/4/22
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 29/4/22
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/3/22

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Four Alberta Organizations Celebrate Imagination Library Partnership

Wood Buffalo Regional Library joined with Fort McKay Métis Nation, Athabasca Tribal Council and the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo to celebrate commitment to work together to foster a love of reading in young children.

An exciting event was held for the Imagination Library programs in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta this past month! Four strategic partners came together to celebrate and commit to working together to foster a love of reading for children and families in their communities.

Surrounded by books, the Wood Buffalo Regional Library joined with Fort McKay Métis Nation, Athabasca Tribal Council, and the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo, to hold a wonderful ceremony. They commemorated their shared belief that literacy, starting at a young age, is important for bonding with parents & caregivers as well as establishing a long term love of reading. The commitment between Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and these four partners will serve as a tool in calls to reconciliation, as well as help newcomers set their children up for school readiness, and will remove barriers for families in accessing many books. Long time volunteer and champion of the Imagination Library, Julianne North Bourque, shared,

“The ceremony yesterday was exceptionally rewarding! Many great speeches with personal heartfelt stories, reminds us all on the board why we do this. And these organizations together we will help raise literacy rates, foster a love of reading and help set up children for success!”

Congratulations to everyone involved. What a wonderful way to celebrate all those who have worked so hard to get more books into the hands of more children!

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada and Australia. Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly Parton started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, the program mails over 2 million books each month to children around the world.

The program is offered free of charge to families. Check Availability in your area and register a child for the Imagination Library, or find information to bring the program to your community and Start a New Program.

Oklahoma Kicks Off Statewide Expansion of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The Imagination Library will soon be available to all children under five in Oklahoma!

The Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister join Dolly Parton to announce the Oklahoma statewide expansion of her namesake Imagination Library book-gifting program. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books each month to children from birth to age five, free of charge through funding shared by local community partners.

“I’m so excited to be working with Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and the Oklahoma State Department of Education to bring my Imagination Library to Oklahoma. Together let’s inspire a love of reading and learning in every child in Oklahoma,” says Dolly.

Dolly Parton started the program in 1995 as a way to distribute books to the impoverished Tennessee county where she grew up. The state of Tennessee quickly adopted the program statewide. Since then, the nonprofit program has expanded into five countries. Oklahoma is the twelfth state to commit to achieving statewide coverage, with Superintendent Hofmeister announcing that the Oklahoma State Department of Education is investing $2.5 million in federal pandemic relief funds to expand the reach of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to all 77 counties in Oklahoma.

Goals for Expansion

Through this statewide expansion effort, books will be made available free to children ages birth to five years old in every county in Oklahoma, regardless of the families’ income. Oklahoma’s Imagination Library currently has 13 operating affiliates serving more than 4,000 of the state’s nearly 264,000 eligible children under age 5, with another six affiliates in process.

The program’s unique funding structure centers on local community partnerships. The Oklahoma State Department of Education will provide a 1:1 match of all locally raised funds, ensuring as many as 264,000 Oklahoma children from birth to age 5 have free, high-quality, age appropriate books mailed to their homes on a monthly basis. The OSDE’s investment in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Oklahoma will be funded through June 30, 2024.

“The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in well-documented learning disruptions. The negative impacts on our youngest learners are particularly troubling and appear to be most severe among our most vulnerable student populations,” says Hofmeister. “These challenges underscore the need for robust early literacy interventions to help our kids get back on track. To date, the Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library program has mailed over 180 million free books to children across three continents. We are thrilled to partner with Dolly Parton, one of the world’s most noted supporters of early literacy, to help our kids build critical literacy skills before they ever step foot in Pre-K.”

Register a Child

Check Availability online to enroll Oklahoma children or get involved. Check back often to see if Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has an affiliate in your area or stay tuned to expansion progress and news!

Join Dolly Parton for Two Livestream Broadcasts on May 5 to Celebrate the Imagination Library in Delaware and Arkansas

Watch as Dolly Parton performs live during visits to Imagination Library statewide celebrations in Delaware and Arkansas, streaming live May 5.

On Thursday, May 5, join Dolly Parton for two livestream broadcasts as she visits statewide celebrations of her Imagination Library in Delaware and Arkansas!

Children whose parents enroll them with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library receive one new book in the mail each month from birth through age five at no cost, creating a personal library of as many as 60 books that can help form the foundation of a child’s early reading experience. After tremendous growth, Delaware & Arkansas have now achieved statewide coverage, making every child under five eligible to enroll in the program.

Delaware Statewide Celebration at 12:30 PM EST

At 12:30 p.m. EST, tune in to watch Dolly as she joins Governor John Carney and First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney for a special conversation and brief musical performance to celebrate the success of the Imagination Library in Delaware. The special livestream broadcast will be available to watch simultaneously on imaginationlibrary.com and YouTube. (*Note: this event has been rescheduled to 12:30PM from its previously scheduled time.)

Governor Carney first announced a pilot launch of the Imagination Library program in five Delaware school districts in his 2020 State of the State address, with the Division of Libraries partnering with 13 local public libraries to make the program available to families within the pilot districts. Now, thanks to the tireless efforts of the program’s statewide partners and supporters, the Imagination Library has now reached full statewide coverage in Delaware.

Dolly Parton with the Dollywood Foundation's Nora Briggs & Jeff Conyers
Dolly Parton with the Dollywood Foundation's Nora Briggs & Jeff Conyers
Dolly Parton with the Dollywood Foundation's Nora Briggs & Jeff Conyers
Dolly Parton arrives in Delaware
Dolly Parton arrives in Delaware
Dolly Parton arrives in Delaware
Dolly Parton arrives in Delaware
Dolly Parton arrives in Delaware
Dolly Parton arrives in Delaware
Dolly Parton, Jeff Conyers (President, The Dollywood Foundation)
Dolly Parton, Jeff Conyers (President, The Dollywood Foundation)
Dolly Parton, Jeff Conyers (President, The Dollywood Foundation)
Delaware Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Delaware Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Delaware Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Delaware Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Delaware Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Delaware Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Delaware Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Delaware Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Delaware Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Arkansas Statewide Celebration at 6:35 PM CST

At 6:35 p.m. CST, Governor Asa Hutchinson, statewide leaders and local supporters welcome D;olly to the celebration in Arkansas for a brief musical performance and a live chat with local media personality, Craig O’Neill! Tune in to watch the special broadcast, streaming live simultaneously on imaginationlibrary.com, Youtube, and the Imagination Library Facebook page.

Since 2005, Imagination Library affiliates in Arkansas have gifted more than three million books, with more than 57,000 children in Arkansas currently enrolled in the program. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the program’s statewide partners and supporters, the Imagination Library has now reached full statewide coverage in Arkansas, making all children under five eligible for enrollment!

Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton, Craig O'Neill
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Dolly Parton, Craig O'Neill
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Nora Briggs, Pam Hunsaker
Arkansas Statewide Celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Register a Child

We’re celebrating full statewide coverage of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the eligibility of every child under five to enroll in Delaware and Arkansas! Check Availability in your area and register a child for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library today.

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