Join Us For Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk

Join Us For Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk

From Dollywood to Holyrood: Join us on our Kiltwalk adventure!

We’re heading off on a grand adventure for the virtual Kiltwalk to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across Scotland.

What we’re up to:
Our UK team have buddied up with our head office staff based in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to raise money for the Imagination Library in Scotland. Each team will walk at least the equivalent of a marathon during April, completing our final miles on the weekend of the virtual Kiltwalk.

Meet the Teams

Marion, Chelsea, Ethan, Sam & Tracy
Marion, our Executive Director here in the UK, will be walking with her gorgeous dog Flo and totting up the miles around the east coast of Scotland.

Over in Tennessee, Marketing Director, Tracy; Director of Operations, Sam; Finance Director, Ethan; and Affiliate Relations Manager, Chelsea will be out and about around Dollywood with their pals.

Help Marion’s team reach their donation target.

Kirsty, Helen, Jeanne, Jeff & Nora
Over on the west coast, Kirsty, our Regional Director for the north of the UK, will be joined by Helen, our UK Regional Director based in the South of England and Nora, our executive Director for North America, who will be making up her miles in Wisconsin!

These three cat lovers would much rather be snuggled up at home with their furry friends, so we’ve cajoled The Dollywood Foundation President, Jeff—an avid runner and collector of ultra-marathon medals—to join our team, along with Jeanne, Canada’s Regional Director, who—despite being more of a dog lover—has agreed to join our team!

You can support Kirsty’s team here.

We will be posting updates on our JustGiving and Twitter pages. All the money we raise will support the Imagination Library in Scotland, so please share widely if you can.

Get Involved!

Join our walk
Why don’t you join us to raise money for your Imagination Library? It’s great motivation to get outside and spend time away from Zoom and Teams calls!

And did you know that it is free to sign up to the Kiltwalk if you’re under five? Why not get some mini fundraising on the go! Just sign up to the Kiltwalk and choose Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as your charity. At the end of the fundraising period, simply send us a link to your JustGiving page and let us know which affiliate you’d like your money to go to. We’ll handle the rest!

If you’d like to chat it over, email Kirsty.

 
 
 

About Kiltwalk

The money we raise through the Kiltwalk will go directly to delivering more books to children across Scotland. Every penny raised will be topped up by 50% thanks to funding from The Hunter Foundation.

Dolly Parton’s charity–The Dollywood Foundation—covers the administration and overhead costs of delivering the Imagination Library. That means every penny donated will be spent on the cost of buying books for children. And as each book costs just over £2, your donation—no matter how big or how small—will make a difference here in Scotland.

Over 155 Million Free Books Gifted As Of March 2021

Over 155 Million Free Books Gifted As Of March 2021

In March, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,813,515 books. The total number of free books gifted as of March 2021, is 155,955,650!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

Pudgy Pat A Cake - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“The Pudgy Pat-a-cake Book”
By Terri Super

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “The Pudgy Pat-a-cake Book” – 3/1/2021
Ireland – “Baby Touch B&W Faces” – 19/3/21
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch B&W Faces” – 19/3/21
USA – “The Pudgy Pat-a-cake Book” – 3/16/2021

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

Corduroys Shapes

“Corduroy’s Shapes”
By MaryJo Scott & Illustrated by Lisa McCue

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm” – 12/3/21
Canada – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 3/1/21
Ireland – “My First Body” – 19/3/21
United Kingdom – “My First Body” – 19/3/21
USA – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 3/16/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

Little Excavator

“Little Excavator”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Big Rain Coming” – 12/3/21
Canada – “A Bedtime Yarn” – 3/1/21
Ireland – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 19/3/21
United Kingdom – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 19/3/21
USA – “Little Excavator” – 3/12/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

My Dog Laughs by Rachel Isadora - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“My Dog Laughs”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – 12/3/21
Canada – “Hannah’s Collection”– 3/1/21
Ireland – “It Was Bedtime In The Jungle” – 19/3/21
United Kingdom – “It Was Bedtime In The Jungle” – 19/3/21
USA – “My Dog Laughs”– 3/9/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

Raccoon On His Own - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Raccoon on His Own”
By Jim Arnosky

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Eric Finds a Way” – 12/3/21
Canada – “Albert’s Quiet Quest” – 3/1/21
Ireland – “Mabel and the Mountain” – 19/3/21
United Kingdom – “Mabel and the Mountain” – 19/3/21
USA – “Raccoon on His Own” – 3/5/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

Spend It by Cinders McLeod - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Spend It!”
By Cinders McLeod

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “A Forest” – 12/3/21
Canada – “Spend It!” – 3/1/21
Ireland – “Look Up!” – 19/3/21
United Kingdom – “Look Up!” – 19/3/21
USA – “Spend It!” – 3/5/21

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 – “Koala Lou” – 12/3/21
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 19/3/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 19/3/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/17/21

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” – 12/3/21
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 19/3/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 19/3/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/1/21

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 154 Million Free Books Gifted As Of February 2021

Over 154 Million Free Books Gifted As Of February 2021

In February, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,775,340 books. The total number of free books gifted as of February 2021, is 154,142,135!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

Sassy Bedtime for Baby

“Sassy: Bedtime for Baby”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” – 2/1/2021
Ireland – “Baby Touch Colours” – 12/2/21
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch Colours” – 12/2/21
USA – “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” – 2/4/2021

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

The Pudgy Where is Your Nose Book

“Where is Your Nose?”
By Laura Rader

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Peppa Pig: Peppa’s New Friend” – 12/2/21
Canada – “Anne’s Colors” – 2/1/21
Ireland – “Hello Jemima!” – 15/2/21
United Kingdom – “Hello Jemima!” – 15/2/21
USA – “Where is Your Nose?” – 2/16/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

I Am A Rainbow by Dolly Parton

“I Hear a Pickle”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Spider Iggy” – 12/2/21
Canada – “Wild Babies” – 2/1/21
Ireland – “Goodnight Digger” – 15/2/21
United Kingdom – “Goodnight Digger” – 12/2/21
USA – “I Hear a Pickle” – 2/18/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

A Story for Small Bear

“A Story for Small Bear”
By Alice B. McGinty & Richard Jones

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Charlie and Lola Look After Your Planet” – 12/2/21
Canada – “A Story For Small Bear”– 2/1/21
Ireland – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – 15/2/21
United Kingdom – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – 9/2/21
USA – “A Story For Small Bear”– 2/11/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

Find Fergus

“Find Fergus”
By Mike Boldt

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Harrison’s Song” – 12/2/21
Canada – “Great” – 2/1/21
Ireland – “Jungle Jamboree” – 15/2/21
United Kingdom – “Jungle Jamboree” – 9/2/21
USA – “Find Fergus” – 2/9/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

Last-Stop-On-Market-Street

“Daniel Finds a Poem”
By Micha Archer

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “GoGo and the Silver Shoes” – 12/2/21
Canada – “Fairy Science” – 2/1/21
Ireland – “The Last Wolf” – 15/2/21 – 21/1/21
United Kingdom – “The Last Wolf” – 11/2/21
USA – “Daniel Finds a Poem” – 2/4/21

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 – “Koala Lou” – 12/2/21
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 15/2/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 12/2/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/1/21

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” – 12/2/21
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 15/2/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 12/2/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/1/21

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 152 Million Free Books Gifted As Of January 2021

Over 152 Million Free Books Gifted As Of January 2021

In January, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,760,743 books. The total number of free books gifted as of January 2021, is 152,366,795!

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

Good Morning Farm Friends

“Good Morning, Farm Friends”
By Annie Bach

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “YAY! It’s Library Day” or “Doodledum Dancing” – 10/1/21
Canada – “Good Morning, Farm Friends” – 1/8/21
Ireland – “Baby Bedtime” – 13/1/21
United Kingdom – “Baby Bedtime” – 13/1/21
USA – “Good Morning, Farm Friends” – 1/21/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

I Am A Rainbow by Dolly Parton

“I Am a Rainbow”
By Dolly Parton

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Mr Men: Mr Funny” – 10/1/21
Canada – “I Am a Rainbow” – 1/8/21
Ireland – “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” – 18/1/21
United Kingdom – “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” – 18/1/21
USA – “I Am a Rainbow” – 1/19/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

Goodnight Numbers - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Goodnight, Numbers” By Danica McKellar &
Illustrated by Alicia Padron

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “How To Be a Lion” – 10/1/21
Canada – “Goodnight, Numbers” – 1/8/21
Ireland – “Mr Gumpy’s Outing” – 18/1/21
United Kingdom – “Mr Gumpy’s Outing” – 19/1/21
USA – “Goodnight, Numbers”– 1/12/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

Milo's Hat Trick - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Milo’s Hat Trick”
By Jon Agee

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Eric Finds a Way” or “A Forest” – 10/1/21
Canada – “This is Sadie” – 1/8/21
Ireland – “Funnybones” – 20/1/21
United Kingdom – “Funnybones” – 20/1/21
USA – “Milo’s Hat Trick” – 1/7/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

Last-Stop-On-Market-Street

“Last Stop on Market Street”
By Matt de la Peña & Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Only a Donkey” – 10/1/21
Canada – “Count on Me” – 1/8/21
Ireland – “Do you know? BBC Earth” – 21/1/21
United Kingdom – “Do you know? BBC Earth” – 21/1/21
USA – “Last Stop on Market Street” – 1/14/21

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 – “Koala Lou” – 10/1/21
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/8/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/1/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 18/1/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/4/21

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” – 10/1/21
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 1/8/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 13/1/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 21/1/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 1/4/21

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 150 Million Free Books Gifted As Of December 2020

Over 150 Million Free Books Gifted As Of December 2020

In December, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,739,937 books. The total number of free books gifted as of December 2020, is 150,606,052!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

I Love You Spot

“I Love You, Spot”
By Eric Hill

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Little Kiwi Whose Nest is Best?” – 10/12/20
Canada – “Same Same” – 12/18/20
Ireland – “Peekaboo Moo” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “Peekaboo Moo” – 2/12/20
USA – “I Love You, Spot” – 12/22/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Good Night Gorilla at Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Good Night, Gorilla”
By Peggy Rathmann

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “YAY! It’s Library Day” or “Doodledum Dancing” – 10/12/20
Canada – “A Northern Alphabet” – 12/16/20
Ireland – “How To Tuck In Your Sleepy lion” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “Very Hungry Caterpillar ABC” – 1/12/20
USA – “Good Night, Gorilla” – 12/17/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Baking Day at Grandma's - Penguin Random House

“Baking Day at Grandma’s”
By Anika Denise & Illustrated by Christopher Denise

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Mr Men: Mr Funny” – 10/12/20
Canada – “Baking Day at Grandma’s” – 12/11/20
Ireland – “Yo Ho Ho! A Pirating We Will Go” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly” – 26/11/20
USA – “Baking Day at Grandma’s” – 12/14/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

The Giant Jumperee

“The Giant Jumperee”
By Julia Donaldson & Helen Oxenbury

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “How To Be a Lion” – 10/12/20
Canada – “Counting on Snow” – 12/6/20
Ireland – “Peppa Let’s Go Shopping” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “How Many Sleeps ‘Til My Birthday” – 30/11/20
USA – “The Giant Jumperee” or “Police Officers on Patrol”– 12/8/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

Coat Of Many Colors - Penguin Random House

“Coat of Many Colors” By Dolly Parton &
Illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Eric Finds a Way” or “A Forest” – 10/12/20
Canada – “Coat of Many Colors” – 12/4/20
Ireland – “Poems Out Loud” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “Poems Out Loud” – 27/11/20
USA – “Coat of Many Colors” – 12/4/20

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 – “Koala Lou” – 10/12/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/2/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/12/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/3/20

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” – 10/12/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/2/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 2/12/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/1/20

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 148 Million Free Books Gifted As Of November 2020

Over 148 Million Free Books Gifted As Of November 2020

In November, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,707,049 books. The total number of free books gifted as of November 2020, is 148,849,147!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

I Love My Mommy Because - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“I Love My Mommy Because”
By Laurel Porter Gaylord & Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Little Kiwi Whose Nest is Best?” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey” – 11/18/20
Ireland – “Spot Goes to the Park” – 23/10/20
United Kingdom – “Spot Goes to the Park” – 9/11/20
USA – “I Love My Mommy Because” – 11/18/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Llama Llama Red Pajama - Penguin Random House

“Llama Llama Red Pajama”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “YAY! It’s Library Day” or “Doodledum Dancing” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Ready For Winter” – 11/16/20
Ireland – “Panda’s Pyjamas” – 23/10/20
United Kingdom – “Panda’s Pyjamas” – 5/11/20
USA – “Llama Llama Red Pajama” – 11/16/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Shh Bears Sleeping - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Shh! Bears Sleeping” By David Martin &
Illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Mr Men: Mr Funny” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Sam Sorts” – 11/11/20
Ireland – “Gingerbread Man” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “Gingerbread Man” – 21/11/20
USA – “Shh! Bears Sleeping” – 11/11/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

The Snowy Day - Penguin Random House

“The Snowy Day”
By Ezra Jack Keats

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “How To Be a Lion” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Corduroy Takes a Bow” – 11/6/20
Ireland – “Mr Gumpy’s Outing” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “Mr Gumpy’s Outing” – 2/11/20
USA – “The Snowy Day” or “The Spiffiest Giant in Town”– 11/6/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

Llama Llama Loves to Read - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Llama Llama Loves To Read”
By Anna Dewdney & Reed Duncan

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Eric Finds a Way” or “A Forest” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Llama Llama Loves to Read” – 11/4/20
Ireland – “Coat of Many Colors” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “Coat of Many Colors” – 30/10/20
USA – “Llama Llama Loves To Read” – 11/4/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

At the Mountains Base

“At the Mountain’s Base” By Traci Sorell &
Illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Only a Donkey” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Ella May & the Wishing Stone” – 11/2/20
Ireland – “We’re All Wonders” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “We’re All Wonders” – 9/11/20
USA – “At the Mountain’s Base” – 11/2/20

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 – “Koala Lou” – 10/11/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/2/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 9/11/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/2/20

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” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/2/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 9/10/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/2/20

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.

Worldwide Facebook Premiere Of “The Library That Dolly Built”

Worldwide Facebook Premiere Of “The Library That Dolly Built”

“The Library That Dolly Built” is set to premiere on Facebook Live, December 9, at 7 PM EST followed by an acoustic performance by Dolly Parton with a special Q&A session.

In addition, the European premiere will be Thursday, December 10, at 7 PM GMT and the Australian premiere will be Friday, December 11, at 7 PM AEDT.

Dollywood and Abramorama in association with The Dollywood Foundation have partnered to present a free one-night-only live streaming world premiere event for “The Library That Dolly Built,” a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s non-profit program, the Imagination Library. The world premiere event is a free live stream screening of the film, exclusively on Facebook, available nationally on Wednesday, December 9, at 7 PM EST / 6 PM CST / 4 PM PST. The screening will be followed by a conversation with, and an acoustic performance, by Dolly Parton. Viewers can tune into the live screening and conversation on Facebook.com/dollysimaginationlibrary.

The European premiere will be Thursday, December 10 at 7 PM GMT. Renowned actress, writer and politician, Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE, will be on hand to kick off the evening. The Australian premiere will be Friday, December 11 at 7 PM AEDT, with the multi-award-winning husband and wife duo Mark and Jay O’Shea introducing the film. Dolly Parton will also host fan Q&A and give a special acoustic performance following both the European and Australian premieres.

The film features the music of Dolly Parton and is narrated by actress and author, Danica McKellar. It is produced by Land Grant Films, directed by journalism professor Nick Geidner, edited by video instructor Clinton Elmore and crewed by 15 University of Tennessee students. In talking about the documentary Dolly said,

“I am so excited that we can finally tell the whole story of the Imagination Library. It is certainly not just about me. Our story is the story of children, of families and communities who all share the dream to inspire kids to love to read and to love to learn. My hope is this documentary will encourage more towns, more states and even more countries to jump onboard. One thing is for sure, I think this is the best investment I have ever made!”

Official Worldwide Trailer

The Library That Dolly Built - Worldwide Premiere RSVP
The Library That Dolly Built - European Premiere RSVP
The Library That Dolly Built - Australian Premiere RSVP

The Imagination Library

Dolly created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for books and reading amongst the nation’s preschool children. Since its inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has grown into a global endeavor and recently hit a new milestone, gifting its 150 millionth book. The Imagination Library is currently gifting books to 1.7 million children around the world each month. This spring, Dolly participated in a weekly bedtime reading series, “Goodnight With Dolly,” presented across Facebook and YouTube which garnered more than 15 million views, exceeding all expectations.

The Documentary

“The Library That Dolly Built,” directed and produced by journalism professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner, and narrated by Danica McKellar, goes behind the scenes of Dolly Parton’s literacy-focused non-profit, Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has developed an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading. Imagination Library started as a gift for the children in Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee, and is now active in all 50 states, and 5 countries, gifting 1.45 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month. The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on the people through original interviews with authors, policymakers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton. Woven throughout the film is a biographical sketch of Dolly Parton, featuring rare photos and films from her childhood. Unlike most biographies of Dolly, it doesn’t focus on her music. Instead, it demonstrates that at every point in her career, any time she has had success, Dolly Parton has come back to Sevierville to give back to her people.

Evan Saxon, Head of Music at Abramorama stated,

“Dolly Parton is an amazing human, extremely generous in her time and resources, and the world is in a much better place because of her. Everybody at Abramorama is honored to be part of the team to bring this heart-warming documentary about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to fans around the world.”

Following the premiere, the film and the conversation with Dolly will be released nationwide as a Watch Now @ Home Cinema Release on December 11, and in early 2021 across multiple digital platforms.

The Joy Of Reading In The U.K.

The Joy Of Reading In The U.K.

Help deliver The Joy of Reading this Christmas

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the U.K. is on a mission to deliver The Joy of Reading to children in care this Christmas. In partnerships with local authorities, we currently gift around 3,000 books a month to children in care across England. With your help, we hope to increase the number of children enrolled in 2021.

During November and December, we’re launching The Joy of Reading in the U.K. to raise awareness and funds for our community-based Imagination Library programmes. The Joy of Reading will focus on helping fund books for enrolled children in care. One foster carer said,

“When the book arrives I let her open it, it’s the only correspondence any of the children get…She loves the experience of ripping open the plastic (it’s like a little birthday present) and seeing what the book is. She can’t read, so one of us reads it to her immediately and then it’s added to the book case for bedtime reads. I can honestly say it is the one thing that puts a smile on everyone’s face.”

Imagination Library books make a real impact on children’s lives. You can help deliver The Joy of Reading to a child in care by making a donation of any size to the Imagination Library. A small gift can make such a big difference.

When Considering Your Gift

● £2 – Gifts a book to one child
● £10 – Gifts a book to five children
● £25 – Gifts a full year of books to a child- one book every month
● £125 – Gifts the full Imagination Library to a baby from birth until they turn five – 60 books!

Three Easy Ways to Donate:

1. On our website: visit Imaginationlibrary.com/donate
Select GBP to donate in £ then please make a general donation – there’s no requirement to select a specific community partner. General donations made during The Joy of Reading campaign will help fund children in care who are enrolled.

2. Buy a Christmas Card or Gift: visit Making A Difference Cards
As part of this giving season, we’re delighted to announce that ‘Super Duper’ award-winning author/illustrator Sophy Henn has created two magical Christmas card designs exclusively for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library UK. Sophy’s books like ‘Edie’ and ‘Pass It On’ are much loved staples in the Imagination Library collection. So much so that she is one of the few authors with books featured on both the UK and USA booklists!

Access these specially designed cards and select either a general donation to give to children in care enrolled in the U.K. or one of our other community partners listed in the dropdown box. Every penny donated via our Christmas cards will go directly to buying books for a child in the UK.

3. Text Donation:
To directly support children in care enrolled in the U.K., you can donate £5 by texting BOOKGIFT to 70085. Each text costs the amount donated plus your standard message rate.

The Joy of Reading in the U.K.
Over 147 Million Free Books Gifted As Of October 2020

Over 147 Million Free Books Gifted As Of October 2020

In October, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,666,854 books. The total number of free books gifted as of October 2020, is 147,137,107!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

Pudgy Book of Mother Goose

“The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose”
By Richard Walz

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Baby Faces” – 16/10/20
Canada – “Anne’s Numbers” – 10/13/20
Ireland – “Baby Animals” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “Baby Animals” – 9/10/20
USA – “The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose” – 10/13/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Sassy Let's Count - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Sassy Let’s Count!”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “What’s That? At Home” – 16/10/20
Canada – “A Day With Nellie” – 10/12/20
Ireland – “What’s That at Home” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “What’s That at Home” – 9/10/20
USA – “Sassy Let’s Count!” – 10/12/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

There's a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake

“There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” By Loren Long

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Spider Iggy” – 19/10/20
Canada – “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” – 10/08/20
Ireland – “Meg’s Eggs” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “Meg’s Eggs” – 9/10/20
USA – “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” – 10/08/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

Corduroy Takes A Bow

“Corduroy Takes a Bow”
By Viola Davis & Illustrated by Jody Wheeler

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “My Uncle’s Doggy” – 19/10/20
Canada – “Solutions for Cold Feet” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “Box of Tricks” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “Box of Tricks” – 9/10/20
USA – “Corduroy Takes a Bow” – 10/27/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

Goldilocks & the Three Bears

“Goldilocks and the Three Bears”
By James Marshall

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Our Island” – 19/10/20
Canada – “This is Sadie” – 10/05/20
Ireland – “How to be a Lion” – 8/10/20
United Kingdom – “How to be a Lion” – 8/10/20
USA – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – 10/05/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

Carl and the Meaning of Life

“Carl and the Meaning of Life”
By Deborah Freedman

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek” – 19/10/20
Canada – “The Boy in Number Four” – 10/2/20
Ireland – “The Tiny Seed” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “The Tiny Seed” – 9/10/20
USA – “Carl and the Meaning of Life” – 10/2/20

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 – “Koala Lou” – 19/10/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/2/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 9/10/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/2/20

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” – 19/10/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/2/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 9/10/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/2/20

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 145 Million Free Books Gifted As Of September 2020

Over 145 Million Free Books Gifted As Of September 2020

In September, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,649,339 books. The total number of free books gifted as of September 2020, is 145,470,253!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

Baby Sounds

“Baby Sounds”
By Joy Allen

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Baa Baa Black Sheep” – 16/9/20
Canada – “Checkers & Dot at the Zoo” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “Bedtime Baby” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “Bedtime Baby” – 7/9/20
USA – “Baby Sounds” – 9/21/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Kids Picture Show Vehicles - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Vehicles”
By Chieri DeGregorio & Steve DeGregorio

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Mr. Men Birthday Party” – 16/9/20
Canada – “Skinnamarink” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “In the Night Garden 1,2,3” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “In the Night Garden 1,2,3” – 7/9/20
USA – “Vehicles” – 9/17/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Sleep Train

“Sleep Train” By Jonathan London & Illustrated by Lauren Eldridge

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “The Hugs Book” – 16/9/20
Canada – “Sleep Train” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “Stanley the Postman” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “Stanley the Postman” – 7/9/20
USA – “Sleep Train” – 9/11/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

Edie is Ever So Helpful - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Edie Is Ever So Helpful”
By Sophy Henn

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Charlie and Lola Look After Your Planet” – 16/9/20
Canada – “King Mouse” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “The Magic Porridge Pot” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “The Magic Porridge Pot” – 7/9/20
USA – “Edie Is Ever So Helpful” – 9/8/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

The Ring Bearer June 2018

“The Ring Bearer”
By Floyd Cooper

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Annie’s Chair” – 16/9/20
Canada – “Sonya’s Chickens” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “Mabel and the Mountain” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “Mabel and the Mountain” – 7/9/20
USA – “The Ring Bearer” – 9/15/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

Max Explains Everything - Soccer Expert

“Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert”
By Stacy McAnulty & Illustrated by Deborah Hocking

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 16/9/20
Canada – “When the Moon Comes” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “Mr. Big” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “Mr. Big” – 7/9/20
USA – “Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert” – 9/1/20

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 – “Koala Lou” – 16/9/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 7/9/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/2/20

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” – 16/9/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 7/9/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/1/20

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.

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