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.

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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.

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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!

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.

Over 161 Million Free Books Gifted As Of June 2021

Over 161 Million Free Books Gifted As Of June 2021

In June, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,851,120 books. The total number of free books gifted as of June 2021, is 161,474,917!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

Who Says Quack

“Who Says Quack?”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Look Look” – 6/1/2021
Ireland – “Baby Touch B&W Animals” – 4/6/21
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch B&W Animals” – 4/6/21
USA – “Who Says Quack?” – 6/29/2021

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

I Love My Daddy Because

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “1, 2, 3″ – 6/1/21
Ireland – “Is That You, Little Bear?” – 4/6/21
United Kingdom – “Is That You, Little Bear?” – 4/6/21
USA – “I Love My Daddy Because…” – 6/29/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

Squeak

“Squeak!”
By Laura McGee Kvasnosky & Kate Harvey McGee

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Too Much, Not Enough” – 6/1/21
Ireland – “Little World Shopping Trip” – 4/6/21
United Kingdom – “Little World Shopping Trip” – 4/6/21
USA – “Squeak!” – 6/11/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

Play With Clay

“Play With Clay”
By Jenny Pinkerton

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “You’re in Good Paws”– 6/1/21
Ireland – “Brothers Forever” – 4/6/21
United Kingdom – “Brothers Forever” – 4/6/21
USA – “Play With Clay”– 6/24/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

When the Storm Comes by Linda Ashman & Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

“When the Storm Comes”
By Linda Ashman & Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “The Darkest Dark” – 6/1/21
Ireland – “When I Grow Up: Firefighter” – 4/6/21
United Kingdom – “When I Grow Up: Firefighter” – 4/6/21
USA – “When the Storm Comes” – 6/7/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

Blue Sky White Stars

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

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “Mr. Mole Moves In” – 6/1/21
Ireland – “Choose Llamas” – 4/6/21
United Kingdom – “Choose Llamas” – 4/6/21
USA – “Blue Sky, White Stars” – 6/17/21

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” – 6/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/6/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 4/6/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/1/21

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!” – 6/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 4/6/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 4/6/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/1/21

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.

Over 159 Million Free Books Gifted As Of May 2021

Over 159 Million Free Books Gifted As Of May 2021

In May, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,841,961 books. The total number of free books gifted as of May 2021, is 159,623,797!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

Look at the Animals

“Look at the Animals!”
By Peter Linenthal

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Look at the Animals” – 5/3/2021
Ireland – “Moomin Baby, Words Tummy Time Concertina Book” – 27/4/21
United Kingdom – “Moomin Baby, Words Tummy Time Concertina Book” – 27/4/21
USA – “Look at the Animals” – 5/3/2021

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

Sleep Tight with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

“Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar”
By Eric Carle

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Where’s Baby?” – 5/3/21
Ireland – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – 27/4/21
United Kingdom – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – 27/4/21
USA – “Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 5/10/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

One Leaf Two Leaves Count with Me

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

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me” – 5/3/21
Ireland – “Shark in the Dark” – 27/4/21
United Kingdom – “Shark in the Dark” – 27/4/21
USA – “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me” – 5/28/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

Max and the Tag Along Moon

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

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Hedge Hog”– 5/3/21
Ireland – “Lion and Mouse” – 27/4/21
United Kingdom – “Lion and Mouse” – 27/4/21
USA – “Max & the Tag-Along Moon”– 5/20/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

The Night is Yours

“The Night is Yours”
By Abdul-Razak Zachariah &
Illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Sonya’s Chickens” – 5/3/21
Ireland – “Chicken Nugget” – 27/4/21
United Kingdom – “Chicken Nugget” – 27/4/21
USA – “The Night is Yours” – 5/5/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
By Beatrix Potter

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “Red Sky at Night” – 5/3/21
Ireland – “Fidget the Wonder Dog” – 27/4/21
United Kingdom – “Fidget the Wonder Dog” – 27/4/21
USA – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 5/3/21

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” – 5/3/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 27/4/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 27/4/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/3/21

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!” – 5/3/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 27/4/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 27/4/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/3/21

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 157 Million Free Books Gifted As Of April 2021

Over 157 Million Free Books Gifted As Of April 2021

In April, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,826,186 books. The total number of free books gifted as of April 2021, is 157,781,836!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

Baby Talk

“Baby! Talk!”
By Penny Gentieu

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Australia – “Baby Love Toys That Go” – 15/4/2021
Canada – “Baby Signs” – 4/5/2021
Ireland – “Baby Touch Colours” – 19/4/21
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch Colours” – 19/4/21
USA – “Baby! Talk!” – 4/1/2021

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

Sassy Baby's First Words

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Stanley’s Numbers” – 15/4/21
Canada – “Skinnamarink” – 4/5/21
Ireland – “Stanley’s Numbers” – 19/4/21
United Kingdom – “Stanley’s Numbers” – 19/4/21
USA – “Sassy: Baby’s First Words” – 4/12/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

Just Like My Brother

“Just Like My Brother”
By Gianna Marino

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 15/4/21
Canada – “Just Like My Brother” – 4/5/21
Ireland – “My Book of Shapes and Numbers” – 19/4/21
United Kingdom – “My Book of Shapes and Numbers” – 19/4/21
USA – “Just Like My Brother” – 4/9/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

The Rabbit Listened

“The Rabbit Listened”
By Cori Doerrfeld

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “It Was Bedtime in the Jungle” – 15/4/21
Canada – “Carson Crosses Canada”– 4/5/21
Ireland – “100 Cats” – 19/4/21
United Kingdom – “100 Cats” – 19/4/21
USA – “The Rabbit Listened”– 4/7/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

The Ring Bearer

“The Ring Bearer”
By Floyd Cooper

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Something Wonderful” – 15/4/21
Canada – “Encounter” – 4/5/21
Ireland – “Coat of Many Colours” – 19/4/21
United Kingdom – “The Little Engine That Could” – 19/4/21
USA – “The Ring Bearer” – 4/15/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

Violet the Pilot

“Violet the Pilot”
By Steve Breen

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “The Worm Who Knew Karate” – 15/4/21
Canada – “The Not So Great Outdoors” – 4/5/21
Ireland – “Billy and the Beast” – 19/4/21
United Kingdom – “Billy and the Beast” – 19/4/21
USA – “Violet the Pilot” – 4/14/21

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
Australia – “Koala Lou” – 15/4/21
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 19/4/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 19/4/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/1/21

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
Australia – “Starting School” – 15/4/21
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 4/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 19/4/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 19/4/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 4/1/21

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.

Canada Reaches Major Milestone 30,000 Books Gifted Per Month

Canada Reaches Major Milestone 30,000 Books Gifted Per Month

Congratulations Canada! Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library hits milestone of gifting over 30,000 Books every month!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate partners have reached a big milestone with enrolling more than 30,000 Canadian children and families to receive the gift of a monthly book. 

Almost 15 years ago, legendary music star, Dolly Parton, announced from a stage in Toronto, that her Imagination Library program was coming to Canada. By 2008, 13 communities had partnered with the newly formed, Dollywood Foundation of Canada. In the first two years, 37 affiliates were open and gifting 864 books per month.

Fast forward to March 2021, there are 293 operating community partnerships and six committed affiliates ready to launch, in nine provinces and all three territories (except Newfoundland and Labrador).

Provence 2010 # Affiliates 2021 # Affiliates
NS 14 16
BC 13 47
ON 4 87
NB 2 19
AB 1 15
NL 1 0
SK 1 9
YT 1 2
PE 0 4
QC 0 3
MB 0 73
NWT 0 11
NU 0 1
Total 37 293

The Imagination Library’s sustained success and ultimate growth is dependent on the many community partnerships that have developed since the program began. “Our local partners are Community Heroes – raising awareness, enrolling children, and fundraising to keep the program going in their local communities. We could not do it without them!” says Nora Briggs, Executive Director of North America. 

Making an Impact

One of the most important things a parent can do to help their child succeed later in school – and in life – is to read to them. Imagination Library recipient, Gianna, still keeps two of her favorite Imagination Library books on her shelf. Gianna’s mother, Jenny, says this program had a major impact on her daughter and other children in the program:

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“My daughter has benefitted from the Imagination Library when it first started in Toronto. Now she is fourteen and still has fond memories of the happiness and joy she had when receiving the new book and reading it with me when she was little. In my past 15 years of experience as a mother of two and as a teacher and later a school principal in Toronto and Markham, I can’t overstate the importance of education and the life-long impact that good books could have on children, their families and the communities. This pandemic has made it even more meaningful for kids and their families to receive paperback books, to read, to enjoy, and to feel connected to and supported by the community.”

The program is offered free of charge to families. Check availability and register a child for the Imagination Library, or find out how to Start a New Program.

 

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