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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

New to the Imagination Library?

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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

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.

Imagination Library Documentary To Feature Actress & Author Danica McKellar

Imagination Library Documentary To Feature Actress & Author Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar Records Narration For Upcoming Imagination Library Documentary

Dolly is pleased to announce that Danica McKellar will narrate the upcoming documentary, “The Library that Dolly Built.” The documentary, directed by Nick Geidner and written by Abby Bower, explores the journey of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library from a local program to an international partnership that has now gifted over 115 million books. Dolly said,

“I was thrilled that Danica agreed to narrate our documentary. She is the perfect person to help us tell our story. She is very talented and she has such a giving heart.”

Danica is an actress, mathematics writer and education advocate. Her successful acting career includes her role as Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years,” several notable voiceovers for animated movies and a number of well-received movies on the Hallmark Channel. Danica said,

“I’ve admired Dolly Parton since childhood, and even more so upon learning of her Imagination Library. I can’t wait for the world to learn more about the Imagination Library through this beautiful documentary, and I couldn’t be prouder to narrate it.”

In addition to her acting work, McKellar has written eight books, all encouraging children, especially young girls, to have confidence and success in mathematics. Her book, “Goodnight, Numbers,” is currently included in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

The Jefferson DC First Library
The Jefferson First Library

Photo Credit: Nick Geidner

“The Library That Dolly Built”

“The Library That Dolly Built” is a feature-length documentary, covering the history, impact and future of America’s largest non-governmental children’s literacy program. It features the music of Dolly Parton and includes original interviews with recipients of the books, parents, policy makers, authors, program organizers, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton. With this film, we hope to celebrate one of Tennessee’s greatest exports, the Imagination Library, shine a light on the importance of children’s literacy and put a human face on the many people who make DPIL happen.

Land Grant Films

“The Library That Dolly Built” is being produced by Land Grant Films, a documentary production program housed in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. Land Grant Film’s mission is to provide University of Tennessee students with real-world experience in documentary storytelling while providing local non-profit organizations with videos assets that can be used to raise awareness and funds. Land Grant Films’ documentaries have been aired on Knoxville’s NBC and PBS affiliates, screened in film festivals, and won numerous awards. All of our films are created by University of Tennessee students or involve students in key crew positions. The Library That Dolly Built was directed by journalism professor Nick Geidner, edited by video instructor Clinton Elmore, and crewed by 15 University of Tennessee students.

The FBI Honors The Dollywood Foundation

The FBI Honors The Dollywood Foundation

The Dollywood Foundation received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award.

On May 3, 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) held an annual event at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. During this event, FBI Director Christopher Wray presented 57 individuals and organizations with the Director’s Community Leadership Award.

The Director’s Community Leadership Awards honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in America. Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Foundation received this honor the Knoxville Division for the generous support and goodwill provided to the people who were affected by the 2016 wildfires. David Dotson, Chief Executive Officer of the Dollywood Foundation accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation. Dolly Parton responded to the honor with a special message.

Director’s Community Leadership Award

The awards were formally created in 1990 to honor the work of community leaders supporting the FBI’s mission. Honorees are nominated by leaders of the FBI’s 56 field offices and the Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award Winners

Over 119 Million Free Books Mailed As Of April 2019

Over 119 Million Free Books Mailed As Of April 2019

In April, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,405,975 books. The total number of free books mailed as of April 2019, is 119,256,878!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

“I Love You, Spot”
By Eric Hill

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “The Wheels on the Bus” – 11/4/19
Canada – “I Love You, Spot” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Eyes, Nose, Toes” – 1/4/19
USA – “I Love You, Spot” – 4/19/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Mr. McGee” – 11/4/19
Canada – “Counting with Barefoot Critters” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Baa Baa Black Sheep” – 1/4/19
USA – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 4/19/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

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

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Slinky Malinki, Early Bird” – 11/4/19
Canada – “Wild Babies” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Sleep Tight, Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 1/4/19
USA – “If I Were a Kangaroo” – 4/15/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

“The Rabbit Listened”
By Cori Doerrfeld

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley” – 11/4/19
Canada – “The Rabbit Listened” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Loo Queue” – 1/4/19
USA – “The Rabbit Listened” – 4/9/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

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

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “You and Me Murrawee” – 11/4/19
Canada – “Bunny’s Book Club” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Plenty of Love to Go Around” – 1/4/19
USA – “Bunny’s Book Club” – 4/3/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
By Beatrix Potter

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Herman & Rosie” – 11/4/19
Canada – “Golden Glow” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Alison Hubble” – 1/4/19
USA – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 4/4/19

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” – 11/4/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/4/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/1/19

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” – 11/4/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/4/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 4/1/19

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.

Imagination Library Featured On Dolly Parton’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Team Race Car

Imagination Library Featured On Dolly Parton’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Team Race Car

Dolly Parton And Dollywood Sponsor Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Team During Saturday’s Alsco 300 At Bristol Motor Speedway

It’s no secret when Dolly Parton puts her name on something, success follows. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Tyler Reddick hopes the same holds true during Saturday’s Alsco 300 (TV coverage on FS1) at Bristol Motor Speedway.

For the event, the hood of Reddick’s No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro will be adorned with Parton’s likeness and her record company, Dolly Records, while the rest of the car prominently features the logos from each of Parton’s Pigeon Forge-area attractions. He hopes the addition of the entertainment icon to his car serves as catalyst to put him in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019.

It’s an honor to represent Dolly Parton and her variety of businesses on our No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway,” said the California native. “Dolly is an icon and has had a lot of success in her career, which is something I admire while trying to build my own success in NASCAR. Hopefully, we can take Dolly and the No. 2 Camaro to Victory Lane this weekend in her home state of Tennessee. I think that would be really special for everyone who is a fan of hers.”

Reddick is the 2018 Xfinity Series champion and enters the event in Thunder Valley with RCR as the current series leader. He is fresh off a second place finish in last weekend’s event at Texas Motor Speedway.

Dolly’s Race Car

The car, which appropriately is trimmed in pink, includes the Dollywood theme park logo on the rear quarter panels, with the DollyParton.com website across the rear roof. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library receive placement on the car’s rear fascia, and the logos of Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Dollywood’s Splash Country and the soon-to-open Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show each are included on the car’s deck lid. Saturday’s race marks the first time Parton and many of her businesses have been featured as a primary sponsor on a race car.

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 117 Million Free Books Mailed As Of March 2019

Over 117 Million Free Books Mailed As Of March 2019

In March, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,395,619 books. The total number of free books mailed as of March 2019, is 117,920,187!

Group 1
Children Born in 2019

“Where’s Ellie?”
By Salina Yoon

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “The Wheels on the Bus” – 11/3/19
Canada – “Where’s Ellie?” – 3/1/19
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch: Star” – 1/3/19
USA – “Where’s Ellie?” – 3/19/19

Group 2
Children Born in 2018

“Clap Your Hands”
By Lorinda Bryan Cauley

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Mr. McGee” – 11/3/19
Canada – “Clap Your Hands” – 3/7/19
United Kingdom – “Peppa Pig: Shapes” – 1/3/19
USA – “Clap Your Hands” – 3/18/19

Group 3
Children Born in 2017

“Dog’s Colorful Day”
By Emma Dodd

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Slinky Malinki, Early Bird” – 11/3/19
Canada – “A Bedtime Yarn” – 3/1/19
United Kingdom – “Rosie’s Walk” – 1/3/19
USA – “Dog’s Colorful Day” or “The Hueys in What’s the Opposite” – 3/14/19

Group 4
Children Born in 2016

“Silly Goose’s Big Story”
By Keiko Kasza

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley” – 11/3/19
Canada – “Silly Goose’s Big Story” – 3/1/19
United Kingdom – “Chapatti Moon” – 1/3/19
USA – “Silly Goose’s Big Story” – 3/11/19

Group 5
Children Born in 2015

“Pup and Bear”
By Kate Banks & Naoko Stoop

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “You and Me Murrawee” – 11/3/19
Canada – “Petra” – 3/1/19
United Kingdom – “I Can Only Draw Worms” – 1/3/19
USA – “Pup and Bear” – 3/5/19

Group 6
Children Born in 2014

“Violet the Pilot”
By Steve Breen

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Herman & Rosie” – 11/3/19
Canada – “Violet the Pilot” – 3/1/19
United Kingdom – “First Fabulous Facts: Planet Earth” – 1/3/19
USA – “Violet the Pilot” – 3/1/19

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” – 11/3/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/1/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/3/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/1/19

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” – 11/3/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/1/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/3/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/1/19

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 116 Million Free Books Mailed As Of February 2019

Over 116 Million Free Books Mailed As Of February 2019

In February, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,380,140 books. The total number of free books mailed as of February 2019, is 116,524,568!

Group 1
Children Born in 2019

“Sassy: Bedtime for Baby”
By Grosset & Dunlap & Illustrated By Dave Aikins

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” – 2/1/19
USA – “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” – 2/8/19

Group 2
Children Born in 2018

“Good Morning, Farm Friends”
By Annie Bach

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Who Sank the Boat?” – 11/2/19
Canada – “Anne’s Colors” – 2/1/19
United Kingdom – “How to Tuck in Your Sleepy Lion” – 1/2/19
USA – “Good Morning, Farm Friends” – 2/8/19

Group 3
Children Born in 2017

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

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “A River” – 11/2/19
Canada – “Sleep Train” – 2/1/19
United Kingdom – “Busy Farm” – 1/2/19
USA – “Sleep Train” – 2/14/19

Group 4
Children Born in 2016

“Max and the Tag-Along Moon”
By Floyd Cooper

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “I’m Green and I’m Grumpy!” – 11/2/19
Canada – “Max and the Tag-Along Moon” – 2/1/19
United Kingdom – “Pants!” – 5/2/19
USA – “Max and the Tag-Along Moon” – 2/11/19

Group 5
Children Born in 2015

“Lion Lessons”
By Jon Agee

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Harrison’s Song” – 11/2/19
Canada – “Lion Lessons” – 2/1/19
United Kingdom – “The Wolf Who Cried Wolf” – 1/2/19
USA – “Lion Lessons” – 2/5/19

Group 6
Children Born in 2014

“Daniel Finds a Poem”
By Micha Archer

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Tiddalick the Frog Who Caused a Flood” – 11/2/19
Canada – “Mo’s Mustache” – 2/1/19
United Kingdom – “Luna Loves Library Day” – 1/2/19
USA – “Daniel Finds a Poem” – 2/4/19

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” – 11/2/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/1/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/2/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/1/19

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” – 11/2/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/1/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/2/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/1/19

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.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Launches In The Republic of Ireland

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Launches In The Republic of Ireland

The Imagination Library Arrives In The Republic Of Ireland

The Imagination Library has celebrated many exciting milestones. In 2018, founder Dolly Parton dedicated the 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress. Now in 2019, another monumental moment has arrived with the launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the Republic of Ireland! 

The Republic of Ireland is now the fifth country to adopt the book gifting programme. Now, registered children can receive a free book each month. The books are mailed to the child in their name which creates a special feeling of ownership and pride. It launched in Dublin 24 and received a warm welcome on opening day! 

Each book is hand-selected by the Gold Medal Book Selection Committee. Titles are chosen to meet the growing needs of children at the pivotal stages of development. “TiN” by Chris Judge is the official Welcome Book and the first book sent to children in the Republic of Ireland. The Committee selected “The Selfish Giant” by Oscar Wilde as the Graduation Book.

If a child is registered in the programme at birth they will have received 60 books by the time they turn five and graduate from the programme. Expansion occurs when local affiliates team up with the Imagination Library to grow the programme in more communities across the Republic of Ireland.

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