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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”
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”
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

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”
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”
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”
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

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“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!”
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

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.

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.

 

Over 125 Million Free Books Mailed As Of August 2019

Over 125 Million Free Books Mailed As Of August 2019

In August, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,433,209 books. The total number of free books mailed as of August 2019, is 125,030,397!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

“Who Says Quack?”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “The Dream Bird” – 22/8/19
Canada – “Who Says Quack?” – 8/9/19
Ireland – “My First Animals” – 2/8/19
United Kingdom – “My First Animals” – 2/8/19
USA – “Who Says Quack?” – 8/16/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

“Little Poems for Tiny Ears”
By Lin Oliver & Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “George Catches a Cold” – 22/8/19
Canada – “Little Poems for Tiny Ears” – 8/9/19
Ireland – “Panda’s Pyjamas” – 2/8/19
United Kingdom – “Panda’s Pyjamas” – 2/8/19
USA – “Little Poems for Tiny Ears” – 8/13/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

“Little Excavator”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Big Rain Coming” – 22/8/19
Canada – “Little Excavator” – 8/9/19
Ireland – “Stanley the Postman” – 2/8/19
United Kingdom – “Stanley the Postman” – 2/8/19
USA – “Little Excavator” – 8/9/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

“The Giant Jumperee”
By Julia Donaldson

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “The Great Garden Mystery” – 22/8/19
Canada – “Hedgehog” – 8/9/19
Ireland – “100 Dogs” – 2/8/19
United Kingdom – “100 Dogs” – 2/8/19
USA – “The Giant Jumperee” – 8/6/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

“Run Wild”
By David Covell

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Belinda” – 22/8/19
Canada – “Little Blue Chair” – 8/9/19
Ireland – “Families Families Families” – 2/8/19
United Kingdom – “Families Families Families” – 2/8/19
USA – “Run Wild” – 8/2/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

“Hooray, A Piñata!”
By Elisa Kleven

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Wanted: The Perfect Pet Jack and Mia” – 22/8/19
Canada – “Red Sky at Night” – 8/9/19
Ireland – “Stay!” – 2/8/19
United Kingdom – “Stay!” – 2/8/19
USA – “Hooray, A Piñata!” – 8/1/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“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” – 22/8/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 8/9/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 2/8/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 2/8/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 8/1/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

“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” – 22/8/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 8/9/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 2/8/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 2/8/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 8/19/19

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.

Dolly Parton Keynote Speaker At National Conference of State Legislatures 2019 Legislative Summit

Dolly Parton Keynote Speaker At National Conference of State Legislatures 2019 Legislative Summit

Over 4,000 US lawmakers and legislative leaders were in attendance as Dolly Parton delivered the keynote address at the National Conference of State Legislatures 2019 Legislative Summit

At the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) 2019 Legislative Summit, held August 5-8 in Nashville, TN, the Book Lady, Dolly Parton delivered the keynote speech. The annual bipartisan conference aims to provide states “support, ideas, connections and a strong voice on Capitol Hill,” and Dolly took the stage to talk about literacy and her Imagination Library program. To date, the program has mailed over 100 million free books to children around the world.

It was during the Q&A segment with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, that Dolly shared how her father’s inability to read or write inspired her to launch the Imagination Library. The incredible program mails one free book each month to registered children from birth to age five in participating communities. It started in 1995 as a book gifting program in her hometown area of Sevier County, TN. Today, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library now spans five countries and mails over 1.4 million free books each month. And in 2019, Dolly dedicated the 100 millionth book to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library relies on local partners to secure funding for the program. In 2004, the state of Tennessee became the first to pass legislation supporting a statewide rollout of the program. During their on-stage discussion, Gov. Lee emphasized the scientifically-proven benefits of reading to your child, while Dolly encouraged all of the legislative leaders in attendance to adopt the Imagination Library as a statewide program so that “all children in our country will have access to books.” Dolly said,

 “We’d like all the states to go statewide with it. It’s not just for poor kids, but for all kids, for every child who signs up.”

Dolly received a $25,000 check for her Dollywood Foundation, which funds the Imagination Library presented by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker-select Cameron Sexton both representing the Tennessee General Assembly.

Dolly left all of the conference attendees with a message of inspiration, encouraging them all to follow their dreams, to respect and love all of God’s children and to take any opportunity to work together. She concluded her appearance with a touching performance of “Coat of Many Colors” and brought the entire audience to their feet with an inspiring rendition of “Try,” a song she wrote to celebrate her Imagination Library.

Pictured Above: David Dotson (CEO, Dollywood Foundation), Dolly Parton, Nora Briggs (Executive Director, North America, Dollywood Foundation), Jeff Conyers (President, Dollywood Foundation)

Photo Credit: Kayla Schoen

Dolly Parton, Toi Hutchinson (Illinois, Legislator)
Michelle Vos, Dolly Parton, Robin Vos (Wisconsin, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Scott Saiki (Hawaii, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Curtis Bramble (Utah, Legislator)
Tomee Heining, Dolly Parton, Jon Heining (Texas, Legislative Staff Chair)
Dolly Parton, Martha Wigton (Georgia, Legislative Staff Vice Chair)
Dolly Parton, Chuck Truesdell (Kentucky, Legislative Staff Past Chair)
Dolly Parton, Jim Hendren (Arkansas, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Matthew J. Shepherd (Arkansas, Legislator)
Matthew Moonen (Maine, Legislator), Dolly Parton, Jeremy Kennedy
Dolly Parton, Matt Huffman (Ohio, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Ronald Kouchi (Hawaii, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Nicole Jefferson (Amazon Global Corporate Affairs)
Dolly Parton, Mike Bell (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Bill Powers (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Ken Yager (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Art Swann (Tennessee, Legislator)
 
Dolly Parton, Jeff Yarbro (Tennessee, Legislator)
 
Lauren Lamberth, Dolly Parton, William Lamberth (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Legislator
Bo Watson (Tennessee, Legislator), Dolly Parton, Nicole Watson
Dolly Parton, Legislator
Patsy Hazlewood (Tennessee, Legislator), Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton, Mary Littleton (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Mike Carter (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Jack Johnson (Tennessee, Legislator)
 
Dolly Parton, Lowell Russell (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Legislators
Dolly Parton, Scott W. Gilmer & Family (Tennessee, Legislative Staff)
Cameron Sexton & Family (Tennessee, Legislator), Dolly Parton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

August 5 Declared Dolly Parton Day In Nashville, TN

August 5 Declared Dolly Parton Day In Nashville, TN

Music City dedicates August 5th as Dolly Parton Day

In recognition and admiration for Dolly’s musical career and her generous heart, David Briley, Mayor of the City of Nashville, TN,
signed a proclamation declaring August 5th, Dolly Parton Day. The proclamation states,

“We give thanks for Dolly’s unparalleled career as an entertainer and philanthropist and her ability to touch millions of lives everywhere, including so many right here in Music City, with her moving music and her generous heart.”

The honor acknowledges Dolly’s long history in Nashville and her Tennessee roots. It notes her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at the Ryman Auditorium at age 13 and her bold move to Music City at age 18 right after her high school graduation.

The newly coined Dolly Parton Day not only celebrates Dolly’s outstanding musical career but also places high regard for her generosity and her global non-profit book gifting program. Dolly founded her Imagination Library first in Sevier County, TN in 1995. She then made the program available for replication statewide and today, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gifted over 125 million free books to children around the world.

Dolly and the Imagination Library received a special honor from the National Conference of State Legislatures at its 2019 Legislative Summit held at Music City Center in Nashville, TN. At the event, Dolly served as the keynote speaker.

Pictured Above: Dolly Parton, David Briley (Mayor of the City of Nashville, TN)

Photo Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office

Over 123 Million Free Books Mailed As Of July 2019

Over 123 Million Free Books Mailed As Of July 2019

In July, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,430,939 books. The total number of free books mailed as of July 2019, is 123,597,188!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

“The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book”
By Amye Rosenberg

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “My First ABC” – 3/7/19
Canada – “The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “Teatime Baby” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “Teatime Baby” – 1/7/19
USA – “The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book” – 7/19/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Colour for Curlews” – 3/7/19
Canada – “The Pudgy Where Is Your Nose? Book” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “Stanley’s Opposites” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “Stanley’s Opposites” – 2/7/19
USA – “The Pudgy Where Is Your Nose? Book” – 7/17/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

“Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave”
By Jessica Hische

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes” – 3/7/19
Canada – “Nancy Knows” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “There’s a Monster in My Book” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “There’s a Monster in My Book” – 5/7/19
USA – “Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave” – 7/12/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

“Goodnight, Numbers”
By Danica McKellar

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Stanley the Postman” – 3/7/19
Canada – “Carson Crosses Canada” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “Nightbear” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “Nightbear” – 3/7/19
USA – “Goodnight, Numbers” – 7/8/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

“The First Strawberries”
By Joseph Bruchac & Illustrated By Anna Vojtech

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Just Jack” – 3/7/19
Canada – “The First Strawberries” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “You Choose in Space” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “You Choose in Space” – 2/7/19
USA – “The First Strawberries” – 7/3/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

“Fly, Butterfly”
By Bonnie Bader

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Wendy” – 3/7/19
Canada – “Fly, Butterfly” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “The Cow Who Fell to Earth” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “The Cow Who Fell to Earth” – 1/7/19
USA – “Fly, Butterfly” – 7/2/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“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” – 3/7/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 9/7/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/1/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

“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” – 3/7/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 9/7/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/1/19

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 122 Million Free Books Mailed As Of June 2019

Over 122 Million Free Books Mailed As Of June 2019

In June, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,423,555 books. The total number of free books mailed as of June 2019, is 122,166,249!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

“Look at the Animals”
By Peter Linenthal

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Little Kiwi Whose Nest is Best?” – 12/6/19
Canada – “Look Look” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “My First Words” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “My First Words” – 12/6/19
USA – “Look at the Animals” or “Little Gardener” – 6/20/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

“I Love My Daddy Because…”
By Laurel Porter-Gaylord & Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Curious Explorer’s Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z” – 12/6/19
Canada – “1,2,3″ – 6/3/19
Ireland – “Spot Bakes a Cake?” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “Whose Feet?” – 12/6/19
USA – “I Love My Daddy Because…” – 6/19/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

“I Hear A Pickle”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Spider Iggy” – 12/6/19
Canada – “Too Much, Not Enough” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “A Quiet Day in the Jungle” – 12/6/19
USA – “I Hear A Pickle” – 6/14/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
By Eric Carle

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Ollie and the Wind” – 12/6/19
Canada – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “The Magic Porridge Pot” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “The Magic Porridge Pot” – 12/6/19
USA – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 6/10/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

“The Ring Bearer”
By Floyd Cooper

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Something Wonderful” – 12/6/19
Canada – “The Darkest Dark” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “When I Grow Up: Builder” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “When I Grow Up: Builder” – 12/6/19
USA – “The Ring Bearer” – 6/5/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

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

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “A Nice Walk in the Jungle” – 12/6/19
Canada – “When the Moon Comes” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “The Tiny Seed” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “The Tiny Seed” – 12/6/19
USA – “Blue Sky, White Stars” – 6/3/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“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” – 12/6/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 12/6/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/3/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

“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” – 12/6/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 12/6/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/3/19

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Interview With “The Rabbit Listened” Author Cori Doerrfeld

Interview With “The Rabbit Listened” Author Cori Doerrfeld

Cori Doerrfeld shares how “The Rabbit Listened”, one of the many great titles in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library lineup for 2019, has resonated with a global audience.

Each year, our esteemed Blue Ribbon Book Selection Committee reviews hundreds of potential titles for inclusion in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, taking great care in choosing books that meet the different needs of children as they progress from birth to age five. “The Rabbit Listened”, by Cori Doerrfeld, was one of the titles chosen to be sent to Group 4 (children born in 2016) in the USA and Canada.

Immediately upon mailing, we started receiving an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on how this story has resonated with children, parents and caregivers. Praised by readers and critics alike, “The Rabbit Listened” was named a Notable Children’s Book of 2018 by The New York Times and has won numerous awards, including the Anna Dewdney Read-Together Award for 2019.

We enjoyed talking with author Cori Doerrfeld as she shared her thoughts on the Imagination Library, her inspirations for the book and much more in an in-depth interview.

Imagination Library Interview with Cori Doerrfeld

Q. From where did you get your inspiration for “The Rabbit Listened”?

A. About four years ago, I had two very close friends go through the experience of losing a child. They were very frustrated with their family and friends, because nobody really knew what to say or do. And as much as I tried to be there for them, I also felt very helpless. What do you do when someone is dealing with something so inconceivable?

It reminded me of a letter I received way back in college from my boyfriend at the time, describing what it was like for him after losing his older brother in a car accident. He said that everyone tried to find ways to make him feel better, but it was all very overwhelming. His family had a hobby farm with all of these little rabbits in the barn, and he would just sit there alone, with no one else but these rabbits. He said that’s really what helped him finally process the grief of losing his brother. Rabbits are just naturally quiet and peaceful animals.

So, I went on a long walk with my dog, thinking about my friends and thinking about this letter, and the story for The Rabbit Listened just came to me. It’s almost hard to explain. I remember I ran home, wrote it down and drew rough little sketches, all in a day.

Q. Did you expect this story to resonate with so many people? What kind of feedback have you received from the readers?

A. No, really I didn’t have any idea. I purposely made the character very neutral and very accessible to anyone who reads it. I picked a gender-neutral name and tried to make the character look as neutral as possible, but I didn’t know that the book would actually be translated into so many languages. I think it’s in over 18 languages all over the world! What’s interesting is, I hadn’t thought about it, but the character really could be anyone from anywhere in the world.

The message I receive most often is just “thank you”. Thank you for putting into words something I didn’t know I needed to hear or thank you for putting into words something I didn’t know how to say.

A lot of people say that the book finds them. They didn’t even know they were looking for it and someone sends it to them, or they find it in a bookstore or library.

I’ve gotten a lot of stories from people who have experienced loss, but I’ve also gotten lots of inspiring stories, too. The book has been used to help incarcerated parents, who will use it to connect with their children. It’s been used after natural disasters, like a hurricane or flood.

It’s strange to say, but I didn’t necessarily think about how it could apply to any kind of situation, no matter how big or small it is. People do, really, put their own selves into the book right away and whatever situation or loss they’re dealing with.

The Rabbit Listened Hebrew Edition
Hebrew Edition
Cori Doerrfeld "The Rabbit Listened" Interview - Rough Sketch
Rough Sketch from "The Rabbit Listened"
The Rabbit Listened Japanese Edition
Japanese Edition
Cori Doerrfeld "The Rabbit Listened" Interview - Rough Sketch
Sketch from "The Rabbit Listened"
The Rabbit Listened Polish Edition
Polish Edition
Cori Doerrfeld "The Rabbit Listened" Interview - Rough Sketch
Rough Sketch from "The Rabbit Listened"
The Rabbit Listened Greek Edition
Greek Edition
Sketch from "The Rabbit Listened"
The Rabbit Listened Catalan Edition
Catalan Edition

Q. In the book, each of the animals tries to comfort Taylor in a different way. Are you, yourself, more of a listener like the rabbit, or are you more talkative like the other animals?

A. I feel like I’m a good rabbit, but I also very much relate to the ostrich. I sometimes really want to hide, especially when things are difficult. Sometimes I have a hard time with comforting and really knowing what to say, but I guess that’s why I’m a good rabbit, I do know how to listen. My Mom has always been a good listener to me, so I feel kind of like I inherited it. I’ve noticed that she has a lot of friends who’ve gone through a lot, and everyone seems to turn to her.

Q. How did you find out that your book was selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? Had you heard of the program before, and what are your thoughts on being a part of it now?

A. It’s actually a funny story! I don’t have the program where I live, but my sister does, and she would always tell me about the Imagination Library and how great it is. One day, she looked and saw that my publisher partners with the Imagination Library, so she told me that she was going to write a letter suggesting that my book be a part of the program. I don’t think it was too long afterwards that I got an email saying that I had been chosen. I know that’s probably not the reason why, but it’s okay, I’ll let her take the credit!

I was sitting on the porch with some of my close friends when I got the email, and they were all very excited about the program and Dolly’s involvement. Once I realized the magnitude of the program and how many people the book would reach, it was amazing just to know that all of these people would receive a book that could potentially help them or help their parents. It’s a phenomenal organization and it’s just incredible to be a part of.

Q. Have you always wanted to be an author and illustrator?

A. As a child, what I really wanted to do was grow up and be an animator. I love old Warner Brothers cartoons and the old Disney movies. I used to spend hours drawing cartoon characters, and loved how it seemed like magic that they would move once they were on film. Hand-drawn animation became less popular by the time I went to college, however, so I didn’t really know what I was going to do.

Right out of college I was a teacher at a preschool and I was a nanny, so I read lots of children’s books. I remember thinking, “I wonder if I could do this?”, so I began writing books just for fun. My husband, who works at an art college, helped me print them and we would take them to comic conventions around the country. At one of these conventions, an editor from HarperCollins happened to pick them up, and that led to me auditioning to illustrate a book by a celebrity. I won the audition, and the rest has been history!

Q. Who were some of the biggest influences on your work as an illustrator?

A. I like Chuck Jones, Bill Pete, and Mary Blair, people from the animation world. The more I become immersed in the world of illustration I can definitely look back and see influences from people like Margaret Bloy Graham, who illustrated “Harry the Dirty Dog”. Richard Scarry, Christian Robinson. I’m so impressed by the talent that’s out there. Margaret Bloy Graham especially comes to mind. Her illustrations are a great example of how you can make something expressive and keep the emotion when you’re just mostly using lines and minimal color.

Q. Did you read a lot when you were growing up? What were some of your favorite children’s books?

Yes, my Dad was actually the one who read to me every night. I don’t know how we got it, but my very first book when I was very little was “Barbapapa”, which is a European cartoon character. I remember loving this story, about a little pink blob who grows

bigger and bigger under the house, and then pops out and becomes friends with a little boy. It’s all about how he doesn’t quite fit into the world. I loved that book, maybe just because it was so different, and I actually have a framed print of an illustration from it in my house.

As soon as I could read on my own I loved reading the Ramona books, anything by Beverly Cleary. Classics like “The Secret Garden”, “A Little Princess”, I would read books like that over and over again.

Q. How do you share your love of books with your own children?

Cori Doerrfeld

Cori’s children

A. What’s cool about my children being older now is that we can read the same books and share them with each other. When they were little, it was fun to read them all of the books that I really liked. I still have some of those original ones from when I was a child, so that’s been really fun.

My children both also draw and write, so it makes me feel very proud that the desire to create has trickled through them, whether it’s genetic or just from the fact that we have always read together.

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

A. I would have to say that it’s how many people I’ve gotten to connect with, people I never thought I would get to meet or even kids at schools I’ve visited. I’ve gotten to go to schools all over the place and see how excited kids get when you read to them. It’s fun because we’ll do the animal noises together, so we’ll all make chicken noises and bear noises. It’s really nice to have a book like “The Rabbit Listened” that makes people want to reach out to me and makes me feel more connected to everyone in general. It’s amazing to know that even if there’s just one person out there who really needed the book, I’ve created something that could help.

 

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Over 120 Million Free Books Mailed As Of May 2019

Over 120 Million Free Books Mailed As Of May 2019

In May, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,416,532 books. The total number of free books mailed as of May 2019, is 120,742,694!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

“Baby Sounds”
By Joy Allen

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – 10/5/19
Canada – “My First Songs” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “Hello Baby” – 15/5/19
United Kingdom – “Hello Baby” – 1/5/19
USA – “Baby Sounds” – 5/17/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

“When the Elephant Walks”
By Keiko Kasza

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “The Little Red Caboose” – 10/5/19
Canada – “When the Elephant Walks” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “Whose Feet?” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “Whose Feet?” – 1/5/19
USA – “When the Elephant Walks” – 5/17/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

“One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me!”
By John Micklos, Jr. & Illustrated by Clive McFarland

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Uno’s Garden Counting Book” – 10/5/19
Canada – “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me!” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “My Book of Favourite Rhymes” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “My Book of Favourite Rhymes” – 1/5/19
USA – “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me!” – 5/7/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

“I Just Want to Say Goodnight”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Max” – 10/5/19
Canada – “The Secret Life of Squirrels” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “The Giant Jumperee” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “The Giant Jumperee” – 1/5/19
USA – “I Just Want to Say Goodnight” – 5/14/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

“Peace is an Offering”
By Annette Lebox & Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Eric Finds a Way” – 10/5/19
Canada – “Wanda and the Frogs” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “All Join In” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “All Join In” – 1/5/19
USA – “Peace is an Offering” – 5/3/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

“The Gruffalo”
By Julia Donaldson & Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Stanley Paste” – 10/5/19
Canada – “Collette’s Lost Pet” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “Go to Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopards” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “Eric!” – 1/5/19
USA – “The Gruffalo” – 5/1/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“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” – 10/5/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/5/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/1/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

“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” – 10/5/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/5/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/1/19

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