The Imagination Library Presents “Goodnight with Dolly”

The Imagination Library Presents “Goodnight with Dolly”

The Book Lady has a new weekly storytime series called “Goodnight with Dolly”

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is excited to present Dolly Parton’s new weekly read-aloud video series called “Goodnight with Dolly.” The Book Lady sits down to read books from the Imagination Library to children and families.

“Goodnight with Dolly” launches on April 2, 2020. This 10-week series will focus on comforting and reassuring children during the shelter-in-place mandates. Dolly hopes these videos will provide a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest and also inspire a love of reading and books in the hearts of the children who see them. Dolly said,

“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right. I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think.”

“Goodnight with Dolly” features several of the Imagination Library’s wonderful books including “The Little Engine That Could.” Watty Piper’s classic tale of a determined little engine has been an inspiration to generations. This year marks the 90th Anniversary of “The Little Engine That Could.” For many years the story has been a source of inspiration for Dolly and it is the welcome book that all newly registered children in the United States and Canada receive when they sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Additional titles will include “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” by Loren Long, “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney, “I Am a Rainbow” by Dolly Parton, “Pass It On” by Sophy Henn, “Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon” by Patty Lovell, “Violet the Pilot” by Steve Breen, “Max & The Tag-Along Moon” by Floyd Cooper, “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña and “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton.

Once a week for 10 weeks at 7:00 PM EST, The Book Lady will deliver her story with the program available across the Imagination Library, Dolly Parton, World Choice Investments, and Dollywood channels. The read alongs will be a personal gift from Dolly to all families. Free of charge but not free from obligation as the message will be to pass on the love and keep hope alive because we are all Together, You and I.

Documentary Release Date Reset

The Library That Dolly Built documentary initially set for a 335+ screen release on 4/2/20 will be rescheduled for nationwide release the week of 9/21/20, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of The Imagination Library.

Regarding the film’s release, Dolly said,

“Although it was the right thing to do, postponing the screening of our documentary was a disappointment. So many of our Imagination Library affiliates had organized events around the nationwide screenings, however things do have a way of working out so the documentary will still have its day.”

“The Little Engine That Could”

Copyright 1976, 1961, 1954, 1945, 1930 by Penguin Random House, LLC. Illustrations copyright 2020 by Penguin Random House, LLC.

“The Library That Dolly Built” Nationwide Theatrical Release Fall 2020

“The Library That Dolly Built” Nationwide Theatrical Release Fall 2020

Over 300 theaters set to premiere “The Library That Dolly Built” in fall 2020, with a special appearance by Dolly in New York.

Dollywood and Abramorama in association with The Dollywood Foundation have partnered to release “The Library That Dolly Built,” The film takes a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The one-night event will integrate with Imagination Library affiliate partners in multiple communities around the country. It’s set for screenings in over 300 locations coming fall 2020.

Dolly Attending Premier In New York

In New York City, the film will premiere at the Sillas SVA Theater, hosted by United Way of New York City and featuring an appearance by Dolly Parton. Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for books and reading amongst the nation’s preschool children. Since inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 135 million books to children and is currently gifting books to 1.45 million children around the world each month.

Dolly Parton said, “I always felt we owed the world a better and deeper understanding of the Imagination Library but the stars never quite aligned. When Nick Geidner came to us with his unique vision and talent, I knew the time had come to make this film. I am a charter member of the Dream More Club so with the help of Abramorama, Dollywood and all of our community partners, we hope to make a big splash in theaters all across the country on April 2. We have come a long way but there is so much left to do!”

Box Office Sales Benefit Local Affiliates

The Imagination Library affiliates screening the film on April 2, 2020, will receive 50% of the box office proceeds to further their year-round efforts. Timed to the nationwide screening event of “The Library That Dolly Built” and the NYC premiere screening, Sheena Wright, President & CEO United Way of New York City, will be announcing a significant expansion of UWNYC’s ReadNYC: Books from Birth initiative, the affiliate initiative for Imagination Library efforts in New York City.

Abramorama commented, “Dolly Parton is an American icon well beyond her musical and acting talents. Her vision to tackle illiteracy with her foundation has improved the lives of millions of children and will continue to do so for years to come. All of us at Abramorama are honored to collaborate with Dollywood, The Dollywood Foundation and Imagination Library to help get the story of Dolly’s literacy program to fans around the world. Amazing as her foundation is, only one person on this planet can say she’s gifted over one-hundred-million books to children…Dolly Parton!”

 

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.

March is National Reading Month and the Imagination Library will screen an exclusive clip from “The Library That Dolly Built” at the Fourteenth Annual The Power of Women Making a Difference awards luncheon at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on March 4th to further promote the message that reading to children is one of the most important steps to better prepare children for a lifetime of learning.

Over 133 Million Free Books Gifted As Of February 2020

Over 133 Million Free Books Gifted As Of February 2020

In February, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,501,592 books. The total number of free books gifted as of February 2020, is 133,899,247!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

Sassy Bedtime for Baby

“Sassy: Bedtime for Baby”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” – 2/3/20
Ireland – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – 3/2/20
United Kingdom – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – 3/2/20
USA – “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” – 2/3/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

The Pudgy Where is Your Nose Book

“The Pudgy Where is Your Nose? Book”
By Laura Rader

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” – 14/2/20
Canada – “Anne’s Colours” – 2/3/20
Ireland – “What Can You See, Spot?” – 3/2/20
United Kingdom – “Boo Boo Baby and the Giraffe” – 3/2/20
USA – “The Pudgy Where is Your Nose? Book” – 2/24/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

I Hear A Pickle June 2018

“I Hear a Pickle”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Rascal Takes Off” – 14/2/20
Canada – “Wild Babies” – 2/3/20
Ireland – “Busy Farm” – 3/2/20
United Kingdom – “Busy Farm” – 3/2/20
USA – “I Hear a Pickle” – 2/20/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

I Wonder - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“I Wonder”
By K.A. Holt & Illustrated by Kenard Pak

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Davy & the Duckling” – 14/2/20
Canada – “Gobble Gobble Crash” – 2/3/20
Ireland – “Pants” – 3/2/20
United Kingdom – “Pants” – 3/2/20
USA – “I Wonder” – 2/12/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

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

“Milo’s Hat Trick”
By Jon Agee

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “The Potato People” – 14/2/20
Canada – “Great” – 2/3/20
Ireland – “Jungle Jamboree” – 3/2/20
United Kingdom – “Jungle Jamboree” – 3/2/20
USA – “Milo’s Hat Trick” –2/6/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

Daniel Finds a Poem

“Daniel Finds a Poem”
By Micha Archer

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Stanley Paste” – 14/2/20
Canada – “Fairy Science” – 2/3/20
Ireland – “Chocolate Cake” – 3/2/20
United Kingdom – “Chocolate Cake” – 3/2/20
USA – “Daniel Finds a Poem” – 2/3/20

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Over 133 Million Free Books Gifted As Of February 2020

“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” – 14/2/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/3/20
Ireland – “TiN” – 3/2/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 3/2/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/3/20

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Starting School” – 14/2/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/3/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 3/2/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 3/2/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/3/20

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 132 Million Free Books Gifted As Of January 2020

Over 132 Million Free Books Gifted As Of January 2020

In January, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,492,385 books. The total number of free books gifted as of January 2020, is 132,397,655!

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Good Morning Farm Friends

“Good Morning, Farm Friends”
By Annie Bach

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Baby Faces” – 2/1/20
Canada – “Night Night, Forest Friends” – 1/9/20
Ireland – “All About Me” – 3/1/20
United Kingdom – “Baby Sparkle Bedtime” – 3/1/20
USA – “Good Morning, Farm Friends” – 1/9/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

I Am A Rainbow by Dolly Parton

“I Am a Rainbow”
By Dolly Parton & Illustrated by Heather Sheffield

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Shapes With Peppa” – 2/1/20
Canada – “I Am a Rainbow” – 1/9/20
Ireland – “Brown Bear” – 3/1/20
United Kingdom – “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” – 3/1/20
USA – “I Am a Rainbow” – 1/9/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

Goodnight Numbers - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Rascal Takes Off” – 2/1/20
Canada – “Goodnight, Numbers” – 1/9/20
Ireland – “Mouse House” – 3/1/20
United Kingdom – “Almost Anything” – 3/1/20
USA – “Goodnight, Numbers” – 1/9/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

Pup and Bear

“Pup and Bear”
By Kate Banks & Naoko Stoop

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Peppa Goes Around the World” – 2/1/20
Canada – “Pup and Bear” – 1/9/20
Ireland – “Funny Bones: Give the Dog a Bone” – 3/1/20
United Kingdom – “Funny Bones: Give the Dog a Bone” – 3/1/20
USA – “Pup and Bear” – 1/9/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

Violet the Pilot - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Violet the Pilot”
By Steve Breen

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “A Forest” – 2/1/20
Canada – “Count on Me” – 1/9/20
Ireland – “Otto the Book Bear in the Snow” – 3/1/20
United Kingdom – “Otto the Book Bear in the Snow” – 3/1/20
USA – “Violet the Pilot” –1/9/20

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Over 132 Million Free Books Gifted As Of January 2020

“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” – 2/1/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/2/20
Ireland – “TiN” – 3/1/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 3/1/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/2/20

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 2/1/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 1/2/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 3/1/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 3/1/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 1/2/20

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 130 Million Free Books Gifted As Of December 2019

Over 130 Million Free Books Gifted As Of December 2019

In December, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,492,779 books. The total number of free books gifted as of December 2019, is 130,905,270!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

Baby Talk

“Baby! Talk!”
By Penny Gentieu

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Baby Faces” – 20/12/19
Canada – “Same Same” – 12/2/19
Ireland – “Peekaboo Moo” – 22/11/19
United Kingdom – “Peekaboo Moo” – 22/11/19
USA – “Baby! Talk!” – 12/20/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

Llama Llama Red Pajama - Penguin Random House

“Llama Llama Red Pajama”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Shapes With Peppa” – 22/11/19
Canada – “A Northern Alphabet” – 12/2/19
Ireland – “Very Hungry Caterpillar ABC” – 27/11/19
United Kingdom – “Very Hungry Caterpillar ABC” – 27/11/19
USA – “Llama Llama Red Pajama” – 12/19/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

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 2017
Australia – “Rascal Takes Off” – 20/12/19
Canada – “Baking Day at Grandma’s” – 12/2/19
Ireland – “Mister Magnolia” – 20/11/19
United Kingdom – “Mister Magnolia” – 20/11/19
USA – “Baking Day at Grandma’s” – 12/12/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

The Snowy Day - Penguin Random House

“The Snowy Day”
By Ezra Jack Keats

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Peppa Goes Around the World” – 20/12/19
Canada – “Counting on Snow” – 12/2/19
Ireland – “Dog Loves Books” – 25/11/19
United Kingdom – “Dog Loves Books” – 25/11/19
USA – “The Snowy Day” – 12/6/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

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 2015
Australia – “A Forest” – 20/12/19
Canada – “Coat of Many Colors” – 12/2/19
Ireland – “Chicken Nugget Scrambled Egg” – 20/11/19
United Kingdom – “Chicken Nugget Scrambled Egg” – 20/11/19
USA – “Coat of Many Colors” –12/4/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Over 130 Million Free Books Gifted As Of December 2019

“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” – 20/12/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/2/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 27/11/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 27/11/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/3/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 20/12/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/2/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 27/11/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 27/11/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/3/19

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 129 Million Free Books Gifted As Of November 2019

Over 129 Million Free Books Gifted As Of November 2019

In November, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,464,343 books. The total number of free books gifted as of November 2019, is 129,412,491!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

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

“I Love My Mommy Because…”
By Laurel Porter-Gaylord

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “At the Beach Bath Book” – 22/11/19
Canada – “Sometimes We Think You are a Monkey” – 11/1/19
Ireland – “Spot Goes to the Park” – 1/11/19
United Kingdom – “Spot Goes to the Park” – 25/10/19
USA – “I Love My Mommy Because” – 11/18/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

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

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Shapes With Peppa” – 22/11/19
Canada – “Ready for Winter” – 11/1/19
Ireland – “Sweet Dreams Peter” – 1/11/19
United Kingdom – “Sweet Dreams Peter” – 24/10/19
USA – “Sassy: Let’s Count” – 11/14/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

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 2017
Australia – “Wolfie- An Unlikely Hero” – 22/11/19
Canada – “Sam Sorts” – 11/1/19
Ireland – “Edie” – 1/11/19
United Kingdom – “Edie” – 17/10/19
USA – “Shh! Bears Sleeping” – 11/11/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

With Any Luck I'll Drive a Truck - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“With Any Luck I’ll Drive A Truck”
By David Friend & Illustrated by Michael Rex

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Dog Loves Books” – 22/11/19
Canada – “Hannah’s Collections” – 11/1/19
Ireland – “Grumpy Frog” – 1/11/19
United Kingdom – “Grumpy Frog” – 24/10/19
USA – “With Any Luck I’ll Drive A Truck” – 11/6/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

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

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

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Our Island” – 22/11/19
Canada – “Great” – 11/1/19
Ireland – “Coat of Many Colors” – 1/11/19
United Kingdom – “Coat of Many Colors” – 24/10/19
USA – “Llama Llama Loves to Read” –11/1/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

Brother Eagle Sister Sky - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Brother Eagle, Sister Sky”
By Susan Jeffers

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Come Down, Cat!” – 22/11/19
Canada – “Ella May & the Wishing Stone” – 11/1/19
Ireland – “Last Stop on Market Street” – 1/11/19
United Kingdom – “Last Stop on Market Street” – 25/10/19
USA – “Brother Eagle Sister Sky” – 11/1/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Over 129 Million Free Books Gifted As Of November 2019

“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” – 22/11/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/1/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 1/11/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 23/10/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/1/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 22/11/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/1/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 1/11/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 23/10/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/1/19

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 127 Million Free Books Gifted As Of October 2019

Over 127 Million Free Books Gifted As Of October 2019

In October, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,448,516 books. The total number of free books gifted as of October 2019, is 127,948,148!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

Pudgy Book of Mother Goose

“The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 16/10/19
Canada – “Anne’s Numbers” – 10/1/19
Ireland – “How to Bath Your Little Dino” – 4/10/19
United Kingdom – “How to Bath Your Little Dino” – 4/10/19
USA – “The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose” – 10/16/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

Sassy Baby's First Words

“Sassy: Baby’s First Words”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “The Terrible Plop” – 16/10/19
Canada – “A Day With Nellie” – 10/1/19
Ireland – “A Quiet Day in the Jungle” – 4/10/19
United Kingdom – “A Quiet Day in the Jungle” – 4/10/19
USA – “Sassy: Baby’s First Words” or “Oliver’s Tree” – 10/14/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

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 2017
Australia – “Chatterbox” – 16/10/19
Canada – “Tomie’s Mother Goose” – 10/1/19
Ireland – “The Gingerbread Man” – 7/10/19
United Kingdom – “The Gingerbread Man” – 7/10/19
USA – “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” – 10/9/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

Philomena's New Glasses

“Philomena’s New Glasses”
By Brenna Maloney

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Kapai Goes Whale Watching” – 16/10/19
Canada – “Solutions for Cold Feet” – 10/1/19
Ireland – “Follow the Trail: Minibeasts” – 7/10/19
United Kingdom – “Follow the Trail: Minibeasts” – 7/10/19
USA – “Philomena’s New Glasses” or “Pretend” – 10/3/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs

“Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs”
By David Soman and Jacky Davis

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Hey Hippopotamus Do Babies Eat Cake Too?” – 16/10/19
Canada – “This is Sadie” – 10/1/19
Ireland – “How to be a Lion” – 3/10/19
United Kingdom – “How to be a Lion” – 3/10/19
USA – “Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs” –10/3/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

Owl Moon

“Owl Moon”
By Jane Yolen

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Jesse” or “Bridget Fidget” – 16/10/19
Canada – “The Boy in Number Four” – 10/1/19
Ireland – “Chocolate Cake” – 4/10/19
United Kingdom – “Chocolate Cake” – 4/10/19
USA – “Owl Moon” – 10/3/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Over 127 Million Free Books Gifted As Of October 2019

“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” – 16/10/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/1/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 23/10/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 23/10/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/1/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 16/10/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/1/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 23/10/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 23/10/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/1/19

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 126 Million Free Books Mailed As Of September 2019

Over 126 Million Free Books Mailed As Of September 2019

In September, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,443,881 books. The total number of free books mailed as of September 2019, is 126,474,278!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

Pudgy Pat A Cake - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Pudgy Pat A Cake”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Spot Goes to the Library” – 16/9/19
Canada – “Checkers and Dot at the Zoo” – 9/3/19
Ireland – “Baby Faces” – 2/9/19
United Kingdom – “Baby Faces” – 2/9/19
USA – “Pudgy Pat A Cake” – 9/16/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

Road Builders - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Road Builders”
By B.G. Hennessy & Illustrated by Simms Taback

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “A Giraffe in the Bath” – 16/9/19
Canada – “Road Builders” – 9/3/19
Ireland – “In the Night Garden…123” – 2/9/19
United Kingdom – “In the Night Garden…123” – 9/9/19
USA – “Road Builders” – 9/12/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

I Am A Rainbow by Dolly Parton

“I Am a Rainbow”
By Dolly Parton

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “There’s a Monster in Your Book” – 16/9/19
Canada – “I Am a Rainbow” – 9/3/19
Ireland – “Shark in the Park on a Windy Day” – 2/9/19
United Kingdom – “Shark in the Park on a Windy Day” – 6/9/19
USA – “I Am A Rainbow” – 9/10/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

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

“Edie Is Ever So Helpful”
By Sophy Henn

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “The Gingerbread Man” – 16/9/19
Canada – “Edie Is Ever So Helpful” – 9/3/19
Ireland – “Almost Anything” – 2/9/19
United Kingdom – “Almost Anything” – 3/9/19
USA – “Edie Is Ever So Helpful” – 9/6/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

Otis and the Kittens - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Otis and the Kittens”
By Loren Long

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Charlotte and the Rock” – 16/9/19
Canada – “Sonya’s Chickens” – 9/3/19
Ireland – “This is Not a Fairytale” – 2/9/19
United Kingdom – “This is Not a Fairytale” – 4/9/19
USA – “Otis and the Kittens” –9/6/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

Eat Pete - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Eat Pete”
By Michael Rex

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “The Poky Little Puppy” – 16/9/19
Canada – “Eat Pete” – 9/3/19
Ireland – “Katie Morag and the Big Boy Cousins” – 2/9/19
United Kingdom – “Katie Morag and the Big Boy Cousins” – 5/9/19
USA – “Eat Pete” – 9/5/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Over 126 Million Free Books Mailed As Of September 2019

“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” – 16/9/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/3/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 2/9/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 2/9/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/5/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 16/9/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/3/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 2/9/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 5/9/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/16/19

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Interview With “Edie” Author Sophy Henn

Interview With “Edie” Author Sophy Henn

Sophy Henn shares her thoughts on Imagination Library and her inspirations as an author.

With her empowering, positive storytelling and colorful illustrations, Sophy Henn has a unique talent for creating books that are both playful and inspirational. Working from her studio in Sussex, England, Sophy has found worldwide acclaim as a children’s author, winning numerous awards for her books and going on to become the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2015 and 2016.

The writer of such popular books as “Pom Pom Gets the Grumps,” “Pass It On,” and “Almost Anything,” Sophy has become an enthusiastic advocate for the Imagination Library. She gave an interactive presentation at the UK Imagination Library’s 10th Birthday Conference in 2018, and in 2019, she appeared as a featured author at Imagination Library’s biennial Homecomin’ in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Sophy’s book, “Edie Is Ever So Helpful,” was one of the new titles added to the Imagination Library lineup for 2019, and was recently sent to Group 4 (children born in 2016) in the USA and Canada. Simply titled “Edie” in the UK, this funny, tongue-in-cheek story has already become a beloved title with children internationally, and we’re thrilled to finally be sharing this popular book with children in North America.

We enjoyed interviewing author Sophy Henn as she shared her thoughts on Imagination Library, her inspirations as an author and how she got her start.

Imagination Library Interview with Sophy Henn

Q. How did you get your start as a children’s author?

A. Well, I suppose having my daughter really started me on the path to becoming a children’s author as I rediscovered the absolute joy of picture books whilst really enjoying my daughters discovery of them. Picture books are often underestimated as there can be few words and spreads. But distilling those ideas, stories and often complex messages right down, finding just the right words that are both fun and accessible, then creating an image that makes it all come alive can sometimes (always!) be rather tricky. I realized this was not too dissimilar to my old job as an art director in advertising, a few words and an image that demands to be looked at is the basis for a lot of advertising. So I went back to school part time and it turned out nothing galvanizes your ideas like having to present them to 50 of your peers! During my time at college I created Where Bear? my first book, and also finally got an agent (I had had MANY rejections!) and after that it all happened quite quickly.

Q. What did you think about the honor of having your books chosen for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? Had you ever heard of the program before being one of the selected Author/Illustrators?

A. I have to admit I hadn’t heard of the programme before I was selected, but once I was, I found out as much as I could and was blown away by the brilliance of it. I had done a little work for a couple of literacy charities in the UK, so I was aware of the statistics around child literacy and how profoundly it can affect a person’s whole life. Then, when I understood the amazing work Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is doing in this area, I was thrilled. Putting books in children’s hands results in so many, many things and all of them are good. Giving children ownership of a library of their own is so empowering, inspiring and nurturing, for them and their families. And then when you put Dolly Parton at the helm of all that, well…how could I not be anything other than over the moon. I truly love the Imagination Library and feel very privileged to be a tiny part of something so hugely wonderful.

Q. How does it feel to have your books going out to over 300,000 children (in 4 different countries) in a single month through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?

A. Well, having heard that for the first time at the Homecomin’ in Tennessee this year, I think there are quite a few witnesses to the fact I cried. Happy tears, obviously! To know that a book you wrote with the hope of empowering, reassuring and of course, entertaining children is being put into that many little hands is the BEST feeling, goosebumps, tears, giant grins, all of it!

Cori Doerrfeld "The Rabbit Listened" Interview - Rough Sketch
Sophy Henn draws Pom Pom
The Rabbit Listened Japanese Edition
Edie
The Rabbit Listened Polish Edition
Sophy hard at work thinking up stories
Cori Doerrfeld "The Rabbit Listened" Interview - Rough Sketch
Sophy's books
The Rabbit Listened Hebrew Edition
Sophy's work space in Sussex, England
Cori Doerrfeld "The Rabbit Listened" Interview - Rough Sketch
Sophy's work space in Sussex, England
The Rabbit Listened Catalan Edition
Sophy creates scrapbooks for inspiration
The Rabbit Listened Catalan Edition
Sophy's process of mapping out picture books
The Rabbit Listened Catalan Edition
Sophy's sketch books
Sophy's sketch books
The Rabbit Listened Catalan Edition
Alternate cover idea for "Edie"

Q. From where did you draw your inspiration for the character of Edie?

A. Edie is an amalgamation of quite a few little girls I have witnessed at my daughter’s primary school, or children’s parties and even at book events I have done. The chatty characters with that can-do attitude, sort of gently bossing everyone about and knowing what’s what! It’s such a happy, positive way to be, while their world is all still new and anything is possible.

Q. What is your creative process like? Do you create the illustrations first, the writing, or a combination all at once?

A. Or all of the above?! I am ashamed to say I don’t have just the one process. Inspiration can come in the form of a character I have doodled, a child I have watched behaving in a certain way, a feeling I want to convey, it can happen so many different ways I never really know if the words or the images will come first! But a friend of mine recently said all my books are like letters to my daughter when she was little, so maybe my process is to create the sort of book I think she would have liked or needed, but in various haphazard ways!

Q. Do you have any new books in the works with Penguin Random House?

A. I am working on a picture book right this minute, but I can’t possibly tell you what it is about other than to say there is a bear in it, which isn’t very surprising as I do love a bear!

Q. What’s the best thing about being a published author/illustrator?

Funnily enough, one of the things I love the most about my job was a surprise, and initially terrifying, element of it – events! Most events I do are for children and now I have embraced the fact that no two events are ever the same, children will answer rhetorical questions and they are extremely honest, often brutally so! BUT when they are laughing along with you, coming up with amazing ideas, feeling proud of drawings we have done together, and listening, rapt, to your story there is no better feeling.

Q. Is there anything that you hope children will take away from reading your books?

A. Most of my books have a message, something I want children to be reassured by, or empowered by, or comforted by. But overall I think my message is…you are great!

Q. What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a children’s author?

A. My phenomenal tap dancing. Or for being kind.

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Penguin Young Readers Celebrates 90 Years Of “The Little Engine That Could”

Penguin Young Readers Celebrates 90 Years Of “The Little Engine That Could”

90th Anniversary Edition Of “The Little Engine That Could” Features An Introduction By Dolly Parton And Illustrations From Caldecott Award-Winner Dan Santat

Today, Penguin Young Readers announced the publication of a commemorative 90th Anniversary edition of Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could. Scheduled for publication on April 7, 2020, as part of a 90th Anniversary publishing program. The book will feature reimagined illustrations by Caldecott Award-winner Dan Santat, and an introduction by Dolly Parton, award-winning singer-songwriter and founder of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Dolly Parton recalls the lasting impact of The Little Engine That Could:

“My memories take me way back to a little cabin in East Tennessee. This was not a place where dreams easily came true. Too often, there was talk about all of the things we couldn’t do rather than all of the things we could do. On many occasions, when my dream seemed far away, my Mama would tell me the story of the Little Engine to comfort and encourage me. While I listened to her, I would close my eyes and think of myself as the Little Engine and just start saying over and over again, ‘I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.’ It gave me strength, it gave me hope, and it gave me the courage to keep chasing my dreams.”

Caldecott Award-winning artist Dan Santat was honored to illustrate the 90th anniversary edition, saying,

“It doesn’t take much to lift a person’s spirits and make us believe that we can all possibly become more than we ever dreamed, and it’s all thanks to a little blue engine.”

“I think I can, I think I can.” These simple words, now ubiquitous, were first uttered 90 years ago by the Little Blue Engine in the children’s classic The Little Engine That Could. One of the most popular and enduring picture books of the last century, The Little Engine That Could has sold more than 20 million copies and inspired millions of children to push their boundaries and challenge their fears. It is the first book every child receives from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which now gifts half a million copies every year. The book has been adapted for film multiple times over the years, including a 3-D adaptation in 2011 featuring the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Lee Curtis, Alyson Stoner, and Corbin Bleu. In 2005, Penguin Young Readers published an edition illustrated by Loren Long.

Watty Piper was a pen name of Arnold Munk, an owner of the publishing firm Platt & Munk. Arnold Munk was born in Hungary and, as a child, moved with his family to Chicago. He later moved to New York, where he died in 1957. Arnold Munk used the name Watty Piper as both an author of children’s books and as the editor of many of the books that Platt & Munk published.

Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Award-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as the New York Times Best Selling titles Are We There Yet?, After the Fall, and others. He is also the creator of Disney’s animated hit, The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and a menagerie of pets. Visit him at dantat.com.

Penguin Random House

Since the beginning of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Penguin Random House has been a valued partner with The Dollywood Foundation and all champions of the program throughout America by ensuring the availability and affordability of millions of books each and every year. Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 75 percent and 25 percent, respectively. With nearly 275 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital English- and Spanish-language trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 80 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

 

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