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Meet Dolly Parton And Be Her VIP Guest At Dollywood

Meet Dolly Parton And Be Her VIP Guest At Dollywood

Dolly Parton teams up with Omaze to give away the ultimate fan experience with proceeds supporting her Imagination Library!

Dolly Parton’s spirit of imagination is stamped on culture, as evidenced by her Imagination Library, which since 1995 has mailed more than 100 million free books to children from birth to five years of age across the globe. Now, in conjunction with the release of her much-anticipated Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album (November 30), Parton is teaming with Omaze, to offer her fans an extraordinary opportunity.

Now through January 17, 2019, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, fans will have the chance to win the Ultimate Dolly Parton Experience!

A winner and their guest will get to spend one night in Dolly Parton’s personal suite at her Dollywood DreamMore Resort! Additionally, Dolly herself will give a private tour of her home-away-from-home, while meeting the guests, taking pictures with them and signing autographs for them. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be enhanced with additional nights at the resort in other rooms, tickets to Dollywood during its 2019 Grand Opening Weekend, and passes to Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner theater. Fans can visit Omaze.com/Dolly to enter for their chance to win. Proceeds support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

The Omaze campaign integrates special donation bundles including a copy of Parton’s Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. VEVO premiered the third music video from the project—following the compelling “Here I Am” (with Sia) and the stunning “Girl In The Movies” – for “Jolene (New String Version)” which saw its broadcast television premiere over the weekend during Parton’s appearance on CMT Hot 20 Countdown. The clip was featured in “Dolly & Friends: Making of a Soundtrack,” a one-hour special which premiered on CMT on Thursday, November 29, 9/8 pm Central Time. The prime-time special featured Parton in the recording studio with famed producer Linda Perry and recording with artists Alison Krauss, Elle King, Macy Gray, Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples and Rhonda Vincent.

Music fans can order now the highly anticipated Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The soundtrack, which features Parton on every song, releases November 30, and “Dumplin’” will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix on December 7.

“Dumplin'”

Dumplin’ (Macdonald) is the teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. The Netflix Film stars Macdonald (Bird Box, Patti Cake$) and Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), in addition to Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), and Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost). It is directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses).

Screenwriter Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Producers include A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), and Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up). Executive producers are Aniston and Danny Nozell.

Omaze

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Over 112 Million Free Books Mailed As Of November 2018

Over 112 Million Free Books Mailed As Of November 2018

In November, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,342,322 books. The total number of free books mailed as of November 2018, is 112,377,957!

Group 1
Children Born in 2018

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

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Fancy That!” – 9/11/18
Canada – “Sometimes We Think You Are A Monkey” – 11/1/18
United Kingdom – “Playtime Baby” – 5/11/18
USA – “I Love My Mommy Because…” – 11/14/18

Group 2
Children Born in 2017

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “There’s A Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake” – 9/11/18
Canada – “Ready For Winter” – 11/1/18
United Kingdom – “Sweet Dreams Peter” – 5/11/18
USA – “Sassy: Baby’s First Words” – 11/9/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“Little Owl’s Night”
By Divya Srinivasan

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Slinki Malinki, Early Bird” – 9/11/18
Canada – “Sam Sorts” – 11//18
United Kingdom – “Edie” – 5/11/18
USA – “Little Owl’s Night” or “King Jack & the Dragon” – 11/6/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
By Eric Carle

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “A Particular Cow” – 9/11/18
Canada – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 11/1/18
United Kingdom – “Grumpy Frog” – 5/11/18
USA – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 11/16/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

“Miss Maple’s Seeds”
By Eliza Wheeler

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Our Island” – 9/11/18
Canada – “Great” – 11/1/18
United Kingdom – “Coat of Many Colors” – 5/11/18
USA – “Miss Maple’s Seeds” – 11/2/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“Brother Eagle, Sister Sky”
By Susan Jeffers

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 9/11/18
Canada – “Ella May and the Wishing Stone” – 11/1/18
United Kingdom – “Cockatoos” – 5/11/18
USA – “Brother Eagle, Sister Sky” – 11/2/18

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 – “Two Little Monkeys” – 9/11/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/1/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 5/11/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/1/18

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 – “Animalia” – 9/11/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/1/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 5/11/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/1/18

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.

Pilot Flying J Donates $60,000 To Imagination Library Program In Corbin, Kentucky

Pilot Flying J Donates $60,000 To Imagination Library Program In Corbin, Kentucky

Pilot Flying J Gives Back With Donation Of $60,000 To Support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program

The Dollywood Foundation announced an impactful gift of $60,000 from Pilot Flying J that will go to supporting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The Imagination Library affiliate in the location of Pilot Flying J’s first travel center in Corbin, Kentucky, Friends of the Corbin Public Library, will receive the donation. It was awarded as part of Pilot Flying J’s $2 million commitment to giving back in celebration of its 60th anniversary this month.

“This donation is such a blessing and is going to have a tremendous impact on the children in Corbin,” said Donna Chadwell, Director at the Corbin Public Library. “It is going to provide access to the program to the children in our community for years to come.”  

Dolly Parton created her Imagination Library program as a way to inspire children around the world with the love of reading by gifting high quality, age-appropriate books monthly from birth to age five. With the donation from Pilot Flying J, the program will serve children in Corbin with a personal library that culminates in 60 books per child throughout the lifetime of the program.

“A spirit of community and philanthropy was instilled in our company’s culture from the beginning,” said Meg Counts, community relations and events manager of Pilot Flying J. “To celebrate and thank our guests and team members for 60 years in business, we wanted to give back to the communities and people we serve. We are proud to partner with The Dollywood Foundation in support of their mission and programs to help our communities thrive. Together, we are truly able to fuel life’s journeys.”  

Pilot Flying J’s giving is focused on fueling those who serve by supporting military heroes and their families, and helping communities across the country improve the quality of life for people at home and on the road.  

Learn More About Pilot Flying J’s 60th Anniversary Giving

About Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is committed to connecting people and places with comfort, care and a smile at every stop. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, Roadside assistance available at over 135 locations nationwide and growing as part of its Truck Care program, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss ShopsThe Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 72,000 parking spaces for trucks with Prime Parking at more than 400 locations, 5,200 deluxe showers and more than 6,200 diesel lanes with 5,200 offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at the pump. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 15 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

Pilot Flying J

New to the Imagination Library?

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Committed to Growth in UK with Appointment of Executive Director

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Committed to Growth in UK with Appointment of Executive Director

Strategic Leader Marion Gillooly to Drive Next Stages of Programme Expansion

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library announced this month that Marion Gillooly has joined the not-for-profit organisation to lead growth initiatives in the UK. The addition comes as the programme celebrates its 10-year anniversary in the UK, which currently gifts books monthly to over 42,000 children in all four nations.

Most recently, Marion served as the Head of Strategic Development and Innovation for Includem, a charity organisation headquartered in Glasgow, dedicated to serving children and young people with specialist, relationship-based support. She played a key role in achieving service growth and expanding funding through relationships with independent trusts and foundations in her time at Includem. Prior to her work there, Gillooly spent over 12 years in a variety of public sector roles advising and leading children’s and social care sector initiatives.

Jeff Conyers, President of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, said

“Marion’s strong background in developmental, operational and strategic leadership have already well-positioned her as a key asset to the Imagination Library. The investment in Marion to lead our talented team reflects our enthusiasm and commitment to take advantage of the many opportunities before us to expand the programme across the UK.”

Concerning the projected growth of the scheme in the UK, Dolly Parton herself said

“I’m so proud of what the Imagination Library has done here. I hand delivered the millionth UK book back in 2014. Now we’ve delivered over 2.8 million books to over 100,000 children. It’s my dream that every child has a library of books which their parents can read to them from the day they are born.”

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Founded in 1996, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a not-for-profit organisation that gifts over a million books each month by mail to children from birth to age five in participating communities all over the United States, Canada, Austrailia and United Kingdom. The Imagination Library celebrated its 100 millionth book this past March in connection with the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Promoting the love of early reading and learning as the building blocks for a strong foundation in education, the foundation believes in helping children dream more, learn more, care more and be more through its educational campaign.

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 111 Million Free Books Mailed As Of October 2018

Over 111 Million Free Books Mailed As Of October 2018

In October, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,331,850 books. The total number of free books mailed as of October 2018, is 111,035,635!

Group 1
Children Born in 2018

“Wheels On The Bus”
Illustrated By Jerry Smath

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “The Dream Bird” – 10/10/18
Canada – “Wheels on the Bus” – 10/1/18
United Kingdom – “How to Bath Your Little Dinosaur” – 1/10/18
USA – “Wheels on the Bus” – 10/19/18

Group 2
Children Born in 2017

“ABC Look At Me”
By Roberta Grobel Intrater

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Colour for Curlews” – 10/10/18
Canada – “A Day with Nellie” – 10/118
United Kingdom – “Snappy Croc: How to Brush Your Teeth” – 1/10/18
USA – “ABC Look at Me” or “Where’s My Nose” – 10/19/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“Maple”
By Lori Nichols

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “The Man with the Messy Hair” – 10/10/18
Canada – “Maple” – 10/1/18
United Kingdom – “Peely Wally” – 1/10/18
USA – “Maple” – 10/16/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

“Philomena’s New Glasses”
By Brenna Maloney

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “The Gobbledygook Is Eating A Book” – 10/10/18
Canada – “Solutions for Cold Feet” – 10/1/18
United Kingdom – “Loo Queue” – 1/10/18
USA – “Philomena’s New Glasses” or “Llama Llama and the Bully Goat” – 10/10/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

“Lily’s Cat Mask”
By Julie Fortenberry

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Belinda” – 10/10/18
Canada – “This is Sadie” – 10/1/18
United Kingdom – “When I Grow Up: Builder” – 1/10/18
USA – “Lily’s Cat Mask” or “Luke Goes To Bat” – 10/3/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“Owl Moon”
By Jane Yolen & Illustrated by John Schoenherr

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek” – 10/10/18
Canada – “The Boy in Number Four” – 10/1/18
United Kingdom – “Lovely Old Lion” – 1/10/18
USA – “Owl Moon” – 10/2/18

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 – “Two Little Monkeys” – 10/10/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/1/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/10/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/1/18

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 – “Animalia” – 10/10/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/1/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/10/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/1/18

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 109 Million Free Books Mailed As Of September 2018

Over 109 Million Free Books Mailed As Of September 2018

In September, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,309,973 books. The total number of free books mailed as of September 2018, is 109,703,785!

Group 1
Children Born in 2018

“Baby Sounds”
By Joy Allen

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Little Kiwi Whose Nest is Best?” – 5/9/18
Canada – “Checkers & Dot at the Zoo” – 9/4/18
United Kingdom – “Is This My Nose?” – 5/9/18
USA – “Baby Sounds” – 9/21/18

Group 2
Children Born in 2017

“Little Sleepyhead”
By Elizabeth McPike & Patrice Barton

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Peppa Pig: George’s First Day at Playgroup” – 5/9/18
Canada – “Nobunny’s Perfect” or “Following Papa’s Song” – 9/4/18
United Kingdom – “My First Numbers Ladybird Learners” – 5/9/18
USA – “Little Sleepyhead” – 9/20/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“I Am A Rainbow”
By Dolly Parton

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes” – 5/9/18
Canada – “I Am A Rainbow” – 9/4/18
United Kingdom – “My Book of First Words” – 3/9/18
USA – “I Am A Rainbow” – 9/17/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

“Pass It On”
By Sophy Henn

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Davy & The Duckling” – 5/9/18
Canada – “Home For A Bunny” – 9/4/18
United Kingdom – “Nightbear” – 5/9/18
USA – “Pass It On” – 9/11/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

“Otis and the Kittens”
By Loren Long

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Night Noises” – 5/9/18
Canada – “Sonya’s Chickens” – 9/4/18
United Kingdom – “Plenty of Love to Go Around” – 3/9/18
USA – “Otis and the Kittens” – 9/5/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends”
By Carol Buckley

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Miss Mae’s Saturday” – 5/9/18
Canada – “Otis and the Puppy” or “Sylvia Jean Scout Supreme” – 9/4/18
United Kingdom – “Katie Morag Big Boy Cousins” – 5/9/18
USA – “Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends” – 9/4/18

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 – “Two Little Monkeys” – 5/9/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/4/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 5/9/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/24/18

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 – “Animalia” – 5/9/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/4/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 5/9/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/4/18

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.

The Jefferson, DC Partners With Imagination Library

The Jefferson, DC Partners With Imagination Library

The Jefferson, DC partners with Imagination Library for “First Library” book program

The Jefferson, a historic hotel located in Washington, DC, has partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and DC Public Library’s Books from Birth to create the First Library book program. For every hotel room reserved, The Jefferson will donate a book through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library network.

Books From Birth

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is an international book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth until they turn five. In the Washington, DC area, funding is secured and the books are distributed via the DC Public Library Foundation’s Books From Birth program.

Dolly started Imagination Library in 1995 in her home county, inspired by her father’s inability to read and write. Since then, with the help of local partners like the DC Public Library Foundation, the program has grown to span four countries and has mailed over 100 million free books to date.

First Library

Celebrating Thomas Jefferson’s devotion to education and his lifelong love of learning, The Jefferson’s First Library sponsors the purchase of an Imagination Library book for the DC Public Library’s Books From Birth program every time a guest reserves a room. The Jefferson says,

“An enduring hallmark of his legacy, education was a passion and a priority for Thomas Jefferson. Our First Library program is our way to honor our guests and continue the legacy of Thomas Jefferson’s love of reading.”

The Jefferson’s efforts to inspire a love of reading start within the hotel itself. On-site, the hotel’s library-inspired Book Room will include a First Library shelf of children’s books for borrowing at their guests’ leisure. The Jefferson says,

“We are proud to partner with two empowering organizations that help parents and caregivers share the love of reading with their children, creating the building blocks for good reading habits before children enter school.”

The Jefferson DC First Library
The Jefferson First Library
The Jefferson First Library
The Jefferson First Library
The Jefferson First Library
The Jefferson First Library

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 108 Million Free Books Mailed As Of August 2018

Over 108 Million Free Books Mailed As Of August 2018

In August, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,292,306 books. The total number of free books mailed as of August 2018, is 108,393,812!

Join us in inspiring a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2018

“I Love You, Spot”
By Eric Hill

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “The Wheels on the Bus” – 10/8/18
Canada – “I Love You, Spot” – 8/1/18
United Kingdom – “My First Words” – 1/8/18
USA – “I Love You, Spot” – 8/17/18

Group 2
Children Born in 2017

“Good Night, Gorilla”
By Peggy Rathmann

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “A Giraffe in the Bath” – 10/8/18
Canada – “Good Night, Gorilla” – 8/1/18
United Kingdom – “Boo Boo Baby and the Giraffe” – 1/8/18
USA – “Good Night, Gorilla” – 8/17/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“Little Excavator”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Swimming” – 10/8/18
Canada – “Little Excavator” – 8/1/18
United Kingdom – “Shark in the Park” – 1/8/18
USA – “Little Excavator” – 8/17/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

“The Giant Jumperee”
By Julia Donaldson

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “I’m Green and I’m Grumpy!” – 10/8/18
Canada – “The Giant Jumperee” – 8/1/18
United Kingdom – “My Big Shouting Day” – 1/8/18
USA – “The Giant Jumperee” – 8/13/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

“Bunny’s Book Club”
By Annie Silvestro & Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Harrison’s Song” – 10/8/18
Canada – “Little Blue Chair” – 8/1/18
United Kingdom – “I Want A Friend!” – 1/8/18
USA – “Bunny’s Book Club” – 8/6/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“Hooray, A Piñata!”
By Bonnie Bader

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Stanley Paste” – 10/8/18
Canada – “Hooray, A Piñata!” – 8/1/18
United Kingdom – “Go to Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard” – 1/8/18
USA – “Hooray, A Piñata!” – 8/3/18

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 – “Two Little Monkeys” – 10/8/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 8/1/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/8/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 8/2/18

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 – “Animalia” – 10/8/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 8/1/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/8/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 8/1/18

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.

10th Birthday Conference in Doncaster, UK – Video Gallery

10th Birthday Conference in Doncaster, UK – Video Gallery

Highlights from the UK Imagination Library’s 10th Birthday Conference

Watch video highlights and presentations from the UK Imagination Library’s 10th Birthday Conference. Held in Doncaster, UK,  the presenters at this event left everyone informed and inspired. Post-conference attendee feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

“A fantastic, inspiring day! Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the celebration! As a school, we value the Imagination Library so much and everything it has brought to our families.”

“Excellent conference varied and engaging, thank you!”

“A well organised event. I met lots of like-minded people who just love books and Dolly!”

Look back with us at some of the highlights from the conference with our video gallery and download the presentation slides used at the event for a closer look.

Video Gallery Details

 

 

 

1. Dolly Parton Welcome

Conference attendees received a special welcome from Dolly herself, who filmed a special message for the occasion. (Runtime 00:41)

2. UK 10th Birthday Highlights

Watch this quick recap of the 10th Birthday Celebration and Highlights from the event. (Runtime 3:36)

3. Story Starters

Kirsteen Watson from the Dollywood Foundation UK and Ginny Lunn of Beanstalk explain Story Starters’ partnership with Imagination Library, Beanstalk and LuCiD, with the aim to address delays in literacy for disadvantaged children thanks to the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Postcode Dream Trust. (Runtime 23:43)

4. Sophy Henn

Imagination Library author Sophy Henn shares her journey to becoming a children’s author & illustrator and gives fascinating insights into where her ideas and inspiration come from. She also gives a step-by-step guide on how to draw George from her book ‘Almost Anything’! (Runtime 29:45)

5. The Dollywood Foundation

Jeff Conyers, President of The Dollywood Foundation, welcomes guests to the UK Imagination Library’s 10th Birthday Conference. He shares some insights behind Dolly’s work and her motivation for the Imagination Library, and outlines new plans to continue to grow the program in the UK and elsewhere. (Runtime 6:07)

6. Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband MP

MP Ed Miliband reflects on what books mean to him, how they foster empathy, and why Imagination Library is an important initiative for the country. He also reveals some of his favourite childhood reading matter! (Runtime 11:18)

7. Peeple – The Hello Song

Susannah Chambers speaks about the aims of Peeple to support parents and children to learn together from birth to school. She discusses a current Randomised Control Trial and shares some research-based, great practices for book-sharing. (Runtime 23:40)

8. Governors Books From Birth Foundation

Theresa Carl from The Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation shares the story of Imagination Library in Dolly’s home state of Tennessee, explaining how relationships and partnerships are key to the continuation of the programmes in all 95 counties of Tennessee, where enrollment is at 70%. (Runtime 41:38)

9. The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Charlotte Hacking draws on The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education‘s 40-year research history to discuss how to sow seeds for early literacy and close the inequality gap. She also shares practical techniques that can be used to engage early readers with picture books.
Copyright © 2012 Chris Haughton. OH NO, GEORGE! by Chris Haughton. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd.
(Runtime 38:29)

10. Doncaster MBC

Steph Douglas, Head of Early Years at Doncaster Council, shares the vision for a whole community committed to sharing and enjoying books at birth and explains how Imagination Library is helping them close the language and literacy gap. (Runtime 30:00)

11. The Dollywood Foundation UK

Kirsteen Watson, Regional Director for The Dollywood Foundation UK, shares about the overall success of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library since being established in the United Kingdom. (Runtime 8:14)

 

 

 

Over 107 Million Free Books Mailed As Of July 2018

Over 107 Million Free Books Mailed As Of July 2018

In July, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,278,062 books. The total number of free books mailed as of July 2018, is 107,101,506!

Join us in inspiring a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2018

“My First Songs”
By Tomie dePaola

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “I Am A Rainbow” – 29/6/18
Canada – “My First Songs” – 7/2/18
United Kingdom – “Eyes Nose Toes Peekaboo” – 12/7/18
USA – “My First Songs” – 7/23/18

Group 2
Children Born in 2017

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “The Terrible Plop” – 29/6/18
Canada – “Little Poems for Tiny Ears” – 7/2/18
United Kingdom – “Stanley’s Opposites” – 3/7/18
USA – “Little Poems For Tiny Ears” – 7/23/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“If I Were a Kangaroo”
By Mylisa Larson & Illustrated by Anna Raff

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Big Rain Coming” – 29/6/18
Canada – “Nancy Knows” – 7/2/18
United Kingdom – “Do Dare Duck” – 5/7/18
USA – “If I Were a Kangaroo” – 6/19/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

“Goodnight, Numbers”
By Danica McKellar & Illustrated By Alicia Padrón

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Is Your Grandmother a Goanna?” – 29/6/18
Canada – “Hannah’s Collections” – 7/2/18
United Kingdom – “You Choose” – 4/7/18
USA – “Goodnight, Numbers” – 7/13/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

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

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “You and Me Murrawee” – 29/6/18
Canada – “The First Strawberries” – 7/2/18
United Kingdom – “Little Red Train, Faster Faster” – 3/7/18
USA – “The First Strawberries” – 7/9/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“Fly, Butterfly”
By Bonnie Bader

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “A Nice Walk in the Jungle” – 29/6/18
Canada – “Fly, Butterfly” – 7/2/18
United Kingdom – “Last Stop on Market Street” – 3/7/18
USA – “Fly, Butterfly” – 7/2/18

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 – “Two Little Monkeys” – 29/6/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/2/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 11/7/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/2/18

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 – “Animalia” – 29/6/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/2/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 11/7/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/2/18

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