Over 168 Million Free Books Gifted As Of October 2021

Over 168 Million Free Books Gifted As Of October 2021

In October, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,879,443 books. The total number of free books gifted as of October 2021, is 168,926,241!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

Baby Sounds

“Baby Sounds”
By Joy Allen

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Anne’s Numbers” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “Baby Sparkle Baby Animals” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “Baby Sparkle Baby Animals” – 1/10/21
USA – “Baby Sounds” – 10/11/21

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

Llama Llama Red Pajama

“Llama Llama Red Pajama”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “A Day with Nellie” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “What’s That at Home” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “What’s That at Home” – 1/10/21
USA – “Llama Llama Red Pajama” – 10/27/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

Shh Bears Sleeping - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Snow Falls” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “Meg’s Eggs” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “Meg’s Eggs” – 1/10/21
USA – “Shh! Bears Sleeping” – 10/18/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

Corduroy Takes a Bow

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

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Solutions for Cold Feet”– 10/1/21
Ireland – “Box of Tricks” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “Box of Tricks” – 1/10/21
USA – “Corduroy Takes a Bow”– 10/19/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

Brick by Brick

“Brick by Brick”
By Heidi Woodward Sheffield

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “On The Trapline” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “Families Families Families” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “Families Families Families” – 1/10/21
USA – “Brick by Brick” – 10/11/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

Old Rock is not boring

“Old Rock (is not boring)”
By Deb Pilutti

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “Bobby Orr and the Hand Me Down Skates” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “We’re All Wonders” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “We’re All Wonders” – 1/10/21
USA – “Old Rock (is not boring)” – 10/5/21

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
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/9/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/1/21

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
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/9/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/1/21

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.

Kentucky Kicks Off Statewide Expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Kentucky Kicks Off Statewide Expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

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

The Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Learning, joins Dolly Parton to announce the statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library book gifting program.

Since launching in 1995, the Imagination Library has become the preeminent, international early childhood book-gifting program. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books each month to children from birth to age five, free of charge to families, through funding shared by Dolly, the State of Kentucky and local community partnerships. Dolly shared,

“I’m so excited and want to thank everyone partnering with us to make more dreams come true for children and families in Kentucky!”

“Exposing a child to books and reading is significant to their success in academics and life,” said Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass. “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library puts books in the hands of children at a young age, opening the doors to possibilities. At the Kentucky Department of Education, we are excited to be a part of expanding the Imagination Library across Kentucky to reach more children, because all children should have access to books and the doors that they can open,”

Goals for Expansion

The goal of the statewide expansion is to make books available to children ages 0-5 in every zip code in Kentucky. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a voluntary program. Through the Imagination Library, parents of children ages 0-5 can sign up to receive a new book each month and at no cost to the parent.

“I’m very excited about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Kentucky! One of the most important things we can do to improve early literacy is to give our children access to books,” says Associate Commissioner, Gretta Hylton. “Learning to read and write starts earlier than Kindergarten or First grade. We are proud to provide our earliest learners in Kentucky with the resources to prepare them for future school success.”

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails free, high-quality, age-appropriate books monthly to children from birth until age five, no matter their family’s income. This program is free to enrolled children and families and will soon be available to more children in Kentucky.

The Imagination Library of Kentucky expansion will:

  • Focus on reaching more children and families to increase registration in existing Imagination Library Programs in the state.
  • Find community partners to start new Imagination Library programs in KY. These local partners are the heart of the program. They promote the program online and at in-person events, fundraise, and enroll children who live within their geographical area. A local affiliate/partner must be a 501c3. Examples include businesses, school districts, service clubs, libraries, local foundations, etc. To learn more about becoming a community partner contact Christy Crouse at [email protected].

Learn More

Learn more and enroll now by visiting imaginationlibrary.com/kentucky and continue to check as we expand programs across the state!

Over 167 Million Free Books Gifted As Of September 2021

Over 167 Million Free Books Gifted As Of September 2021

In September, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,870,549 books. The total number of free books gifted as of September 2021, is 167,046,798!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

I Love My Mommy because

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

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Checkers & Dot at the Zoo” – 9/1/21
Ireland – “How to Bath Your Little Dinosaur” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “How to Bath Your Little Dinosaur” – 1/9/21
USA – “I Love My Mommy Because” – 9/29/21

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

Little Poems for Tiny Ears 2021

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Counting With Barefoot Critters” – 9/1/21
Ireland – “What’s That at Home” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “What’s That at Home” – 1/9/21
USA – “Little Poems for Tiny Ears” – 9/22/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

2021-Sleep Train

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

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Sleep Train” – 9/1/21
Ireland – “Hey Duggee: The Tooth Brushing Badge” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “Hey Duggee: The Tooth Brushing Badge” – 1/9/21
USA – “Sleep Train” – 9/20/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

2021-Baby Builders

“Baby Builders”
By Elissa Haden Guest & Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “King Mouse”– 9/1/21
Ireland – “Jonathan the Magic Pony” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “Jonathan the Magic Pony” – 1/9/21
USA – “Baby Builders”– 9/28/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

2021-Goldilocks and the Three Bears

“Goldilocks and the Three Bears”
By Jan Brett

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “The Aquanaut” – 9/1/21
Ireland – “You Choose Fairy Tales” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “You Choose Fairy Tales” – 1/9/21
USA – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – 9/14/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

2021-Max Explains Everything Soccer

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

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “The Golden Glow” – 9/1/21
Ireland – “Mr. Big” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “Mr. Big” – 1/9/21
USA – “Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert” – 9/8/21

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
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/9/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/7/21

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
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/9/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/7/21

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.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Garners Significant Award From Library of Congress

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Garners Significant Award From Library of Congress

Library of Congress Awards Imagination Library With David M. Rubenstein Prize

The worldwide literacy program that many have called “the little program that could” continues to receive praise and recognition for its role in shaping the future for millions of children around the world. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library received one of the highest literacy honors from the Library of Congress on International Literacy Day for the work it does to instill a love of reading in kids.

The Library of Congress awarded the Imagination Library, an initiative of The Dollywood Foundation, with the $150,000 David M. Rubenstein Prize for its work in delivering more than 160 million books to children around the world. The Imagination Library continues to race at an ever-accelerating pace, now providing 1.8 million high-quality, age appropriate books each month to children birth to age five around the world. Dolly herself visited the Library of Congress on February 28, 2018, to enshrine the program’s 100 millionth book, fittingly a copy of “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” which is an adaptation of her iconic song of the same name.

According to a release from the Library of Congress, “Since 2014 when the Imagination Library received ‘best practice’ recognition from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards, the Dollywood Foundation has strategically positioned the Imagination Library for aggressive growth…Although mailing the books to each child’s home is only one aspect of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, it is a remarkable feat that helps improve literacy on an international scale and creates special moments for children and families.”

The David M. Rubenstein Prize

The prize award is named in honor of David M. Rubenstein, the co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group. Rubenstein is a major benefactor of the Library of Congress and is the chairman of the Library’s lead donor group, the James Madison Council. Dollywood Foundation President Jeff Conyers said,

“We are grateful to win what truly is the most prestigious award from the Library of Congress. This award showcases how the dream Dolly had years ago has become one of the world’s largest book gifting programs. She continues to express her pride in what the Imagination Library has become, and she is excited for the growth it is poised to experience moving forward. There is no doubt Dolly treasures being called ‘The Book Lady’ more than just about anything.”

The United Nations General Assembly designates a number of “international days” to mark important aspects of human life and history, including International Literacy Day on September 8. For more information on International Literacy Day, visit en.unesco.org/commemorations/literacyday.

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’s Imagination Library is Expanding Across Kansas!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is Expanding Across Kansas!

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

Governor Laura Kelly, Representative Troy Waymaster and the Kansas Children’s Cabinet joined Dolly Parton to announce the statewide expansion of her Imagination Library book gifting program.

“I’m so excited to be working with Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Children’s Cabinet to bring my Imagination Library to more children and families across Kansas! Together we can gift a love of reading that will last a lifetime,” says Dolly Parton.

The goal of the statewide expansion is to make books available to children ages 0-5 in every zip code in Kansas. Currently Kansas has 82 programs covering portions of 77 of Kansas’ 105 counties.

“We know that the most important factor in a child’s success in school and in life is an early introduction to books and being read to at home,” Governor Kelly said. “In Kansas, we are proud to connect our kids with the resources they need to succeed through the statewide expansion of the Imagination Library program. I want to thank those partners who have worked tirelessly to bring this program to their communities for building a strong foundation for this expansion.”

Plans for Expansion

The first year will focus on:

  • Partnering with local communities to bring Imagination Library programs to new counties. Our local partners are the heart of the program. They promote the program online and at in-person events, fundraise, and enroll children who live within their geographical area.
  • Providing start-up funding from the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG).

“As a father of a young child, I know the act of reading to our children is instrumental to their development. Shortly after our son was born, we immediately enrolled him in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. All children in the state of Kansas should have the ability to participate in this program, as well. I applaud the bipartisan effort to ensure that all children in the state of Kansas, from ages zero to five, will have the opportunity to enhance and enrich their lives with books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library,” Representative Waymaster said.

Register a Child

See if there is a program in your area. Continue to check availability to register as we expand programs across the state!

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Over 165 Million Free Books Gifted As Of August 2021

Over 165 Million Free Books Gifted As Of August 2021

In August, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,853,101 books. The total number of free books gifted as of August 2021, is 165,176,249!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book

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

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book” – 8/1/21
Ireland – “Is This My Nose?” – 30/7/21
United Kingdom – “Is This My Nose?” – 30/7/21
USA – “The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book” – 8/24/21

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

The Home Builders

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Little Poems for Tiny Ears” – 8/1/21
Ireland – “Baby Touch: Vehicles” – 1/8/21
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch: Vehicles” – 1/8/21
USA – “The Home Builders” – 8/31/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

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 2019
Canada – “The Bug Book” – 8/1/21
Ireland – “There’s a Superhero in Your Book” – 1/8/21
United Kingdom – “There’s a Superhero in Your Book” – 1/8/21
USA – “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” – 8/23/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

Hair Love

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

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “The Secret Fawn”– 8/1/21
Ireland – “Pete’s a Pizza” – 1/8/21
United Kingdom – “Pete’s a Pizza” – 1/8/21
USA – “Hair Love”– 8/23/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

This Beach is Loud

“This Beach is Loud!”
By Samantha Cotterill

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Natsumi’s Song of Summer” – 8/1/21
Ireland – “Dog Loves Counting” – 1/8/21
United Kingdom – “Dog Loves Counting” – 1/8/21
USA – “This Beach is Loud!” – 8/13/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

2021-My Papi Has a Motorcycle

“My Papi Has a Motorcycle”
By Isabel Quintero & Illustrated by Zeke Peña

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “Mo’s Mustache” – 8/1/21
Ireland – “Baby on Board” – 1/8/21
United Kingdom – “Baby on Board” – 1/8/21
USA – “My Papi Has a Motorcycle” – 8/19/21

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
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 8/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/8/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/8/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 8/9/21

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
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 8/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 1/8/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/8/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 8/9/21

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 163 Million Free Books Gifted As Of July 2021

Over 163 Million Free Books Gifted As Of July 2021

In July, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,848,231 books. The total number of free books gifted as of July 2021, is 163,323,148!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

Pudgy Book of Mother Goose 2021

“Pudgy Book of Mother Goose”
By Richard Walz

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Pudgy Book of Mother Goose” – 6/30/2021
Ireland – “Bathtime Baby” – 30/6/21
United Kingdom – “Bathtime Baby” – 30/6/21
USA – “Pudgy Book of Mother Goose” – 6/30/2021

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

Baby Touch Vehicles

“Baby Touch: Vehicles”
By Ladybird Books

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Home Builders” – 6/30/21
Ireland – “Where’s Spot?” – 1/7/21
United Kingdom – “Where’s Spot?” – 30/6/21
USA – “Baby Touch: Vehicles” – 7/29/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

Play With Me

“Play With Me”
By Marie Hall Ets

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Nancy Knows” – 6/30/21
Ireland – “The Three Little Pigs” – 30/6/21
United Kingdom – “The Three Little Pigs” – 30/6/21
USA – “Play With Me” – 7/29/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

Families Belong

“Families Belong”
By Dan Saks & Illustrated by Brooke Smart

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Fox and Raccoon”– 6/30/21
Ireland – “Who’s Going to Bed?” – 1/7/21
United Kingdom – “Who’s Going to Bed?” – 30/6/21
USA – “Families Belong”– 7/23/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

The First Strawberries

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

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Teddy Bear of the Year” – 6/30/21
Ireland – “Hair Love” – 1/7/21
United Kingdom – “Hair Love” – 30/6/21
USA – “The First Strawberries” – 20/7/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

First Day Critter Jitters

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

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “Pablo’s Feelings” – 6/30/21
Ireland – “Pablo’s Feelings” – 1/7/21
United Kingdom – “Pablo’s Feelings” – 30/6/21
USA – “First Day Critter Jitters” – 7/6/21

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
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/7/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 30/6/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/1/21

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
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 1/7/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 30/6/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/1/21

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.

“Goodnight with Dolly” Wins Multiple Telly Awards

“Goodnight with Dolly” Wins Multiple Telly Awards

“Goodnight with Dolly” was awarded Gold and Silver in multiple categories at the 42nd Annual Telly Awards

Thanks to the efforts of all those involved, the “Goodnight with Dolly” read-aloud series was honored in multiple categories at the 42nd Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards recognize excellence in video and television across all screens, including web series.

Bringing “Goodnight with Dolly” to life was exceptionally special. In the wake of a pandemic, Dolly wanted to act fast and do something extraordinary for children who suddenly found themselves staying at home all the time. So, she assembled her talented team members to brainstorm ideas about how they could make a positive impact during a difficult time. Recognition from the Telly Awards honors the great work achieved by all those involved. Dolly said:

“I had so much fun reading bedtime stories. I’m glad for everyone that tuned in to read with me. It sure was a tough year and being able to read to children all over the world sure made the tough times better. Thanks to everyone involved who made this possible during the height of the covid lockdown.”

Telly Award categories included Gold Telly Winner in Online Series-Webseries: Non-Scripted, Silver Telly Winner in Online Series-Webseries: Music, Silver Telly Winner in Online Series-Series: Education & Discovery and Silver Telly Winner Social Video Series-Series: Media & Entertainment.

Bringing the world together, one story at a time

Last year, when everyone was searching for ways to be together while still staying apart, “Goodnight with Dolly” was born through the hard work and dedication of Dolly, Steve Summers, David Dotson, Jacob Timmons and his team at S.D. Professionals, LLC. In creating the “Goodnight with Dolly” series, Dolly hoped to provide a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest, while also inspiring a love of reading and books in the hearts of the children watching.
“Goodnight with Dolly” debuted on April 2, 2020 and ran for 10 consecutive weeks, with each episode featuring an Imagination Library book. More than 15 million people tuned in to read a bedtime story with Dolly, making the web series a hit across the globe, while bringing the world together, one story at a time.

Watch “Goodnight with Dolly”

Haven’t watched “Goodnight with Dolly” yet? Or maybe you just want to watch them all again! After all, half the fun of books is rereading your favorite stories. Stream all 10 episodes of “Goodnight with Dolly” now!

West Virginia Expands Imagination Library to All 55 Counties

West Virginia Expands Imagination Library to All 55 Counties

The Imagination Library is now available to all children under five in West Virginia!

The West Virginia Department of Education joined Dolly Parton to announce the statewide expansion of her Imagination Library book gifting program and to encourage parents of young children across West Virginia to participate.

“I am thrilled to share that every child from zero to five in West Virginia is eligible to register for my Imagination Library!” said Dolly. “Together, we can inspire children to Dream More, Care More, Learn More and Be More.”

Established in 1995, this international program provides books to children from birth to age five with a book each month, free of charge, to encourage reading from an early age. In West Virginia, more than 3 million Imagination Library books have been delivered to children since 2007. With this benchmark of full county participation, West Virginia joins only 11 states and the District of Columbia to earn this distinction.

 

Promoting Early Childhood Literacy

West Virginia’s Imagination Library program, conducted in partnership with the June Harless Center at Marshall University, is a cornerstone of the state’s early literacy efforts. Since 2018, the program has grown from 41 to 55 counties and almost 2 million books have been delivered since that time. By gifting children high-quality books starting at birth, all children have access to developmentally appropriate reading materials at no cost to the family and regardless of the family’s income. Built on decades of research, the Imagination Library is rooted in the belief that having books at home helps children develop literacy skills early in life.

“We cannot overstate the importance of early childhood literacy,” said State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch. “Early literacy development begins at birth and has a profound impact on children’s future reading ability. The Imagination Library is our opportunity to help children establish healthy reading habits while also developing skills that will be beneficial throughout their academic journey. I want to thank Dolly Parton for opening the world to our children through books in their homes.”

“The Imagination Library is special to us. We love books as a family, but we love getting books in the mail each month,” said Kati Holland, a parent whose child receives Imagination Library books. “I love that the books are age-appropriate and each month the book is a surprise for us.”

 

2 Million Books Gifted in Canada!

2 Million Books Gifted in Canada!

Congratulations, Canada! Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gifted over 2 Million Books in Canada

The two millionth book was delivered in June directly to the home of a young Canadian child, thanks to a partnership between the international early book gifting program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and over 300 Canadian non-profit local partners. The program has registered nearly 82,000 children to date.

“My Imagination Library team keeps dreaming big, and I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished!” stated Dolly Parton, the founder of the program. “And best of all, we are just getting started. We want to inspire every child in Canada to love reading and to love learning.”

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library fosters a love of reading among children age birth to five through the gift of a specially selected book, delivered directly to their home each month.

“What an incredible milestone,” stated Jeanne Smitiuch, Regional Director for the Dollywood Foundation of Canada. “I am grateful to our community leaders and funding partners for recognizing how important it is to get books into the hands of our youngest children.”

The Dollywood Foundation of Canada partners with over 300 local community non-profits to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to communities and neighborhoods throughout Canada. We thank our community partners and look forward to sending more books!

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

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