Over 150 Million Free Books Gifted As Of December 2020

Over 150 Million Free Books Gifted As Of December 2020

In December, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,739,937 books. The total number of free books gifted as of December 2020, is 150,606,052!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

I Love You Spot

“I Love You, Spot”
By Eric Hill

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Little Kiwi Whose Nest is Best?” – 10/12/20
Canada – “Same Same” – 12/18/20
Ireland – “Peekaboo Moo” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “Peekaboo Moo” – 2/12/20
USA – “I Love You, Spot” – 12/22/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Good Night Gorilla at Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Good Night, Gorilla”
By Peggy Rathmann

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “YAY! It’s Library Day” or “Doodledum Dancing” – 10/12/20
Canada – “A Northern Alphabet” – 12/16/20
Ireland – “How To Tuck In Your Sleepy lion” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “Very Hungry Caterpillar ABC” – 1/12/20
USA – “Good Night, Gorilla” – 12/17/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Baking Day at Grandma's - Penguin Random House

“Baking Day at Grandma’s”
By Anika Denise & Illustrated by Christopher Denise

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Mr Men: Mr Funny” – 10/12/20
Canada – “Baking Day at Grandma’s” – 12/11/20
Ireland – “Yo Ho Ho! A Pirating We Will Go” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly” – 26/11/20
USA – “Baking Day at Grandma’s” – 12/14/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

The Giant Jumperee

“The Giant Jumperee”
By Julia Donaldson & Helen Oxenbury

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “How To Be a Lion” – 10/12/20
Canada – “Counting on Snow” – 12/6/20
Ireland – “Peppa Let’s Go Shopping” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “How Many Sleeps ‘Til My Birthday” – 30/11/20
USA – “The Giant Jumperee” or “Police Officers on Patrol”– 12/8/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

Coat Of Many Colors - Penguin Random House

“Coat of Many Colors” By Dolly Parton &
Illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Eric Finds a Way” or “A Forest” – 10/12/20
Canada – “Coat of Many Colors” – 12/4/20
Ireland – “Poems Out Loud” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “Poems Out Loud” – 27/11/20
USA – “Coat of Many Colors” – 12/4/20

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” – 10/12/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/2/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/12/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/3/20

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” – 10/12/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/2/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 26/11/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 2/12/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/1/20

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 148 Million Free Books Gifted As Of November 2020

Over 148 Million Free Books Gifted As Of November 2020

In November, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,707,049 books. The total number of free books gifted as of November 2020, is 148,849,147!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

I Love My Mommy Because - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Little Kiwi Whose Nest is Best?” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey” – 11/18/20
Ireland – “Spot Goes to the Park” – 23/10/20
United Kingdom – “Spot Goes to the Park” – 9/11/20
USA – “I Love My Mommy Because” – 11/18/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Llama Llama Red Pajama - Penguin Random House

“Llama Llama Red Pajama”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “YAY! It’s Library Day” or “Doodledum Dancing” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Ready For Winter” – 11/16/20
Ireland – “Panda’s Pyjamas” – 23/10/20
United Kingdom – “Panda’s Pyjamas” – 5/11/20
USA – “Llama Llama Red Pajama” – 11/16/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Shh Bears Sleeping - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Mr Men: Mr Funny” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Sam Sorts” – 11/11/20
Ireland – “Gingerbread Man” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “Gingerbread Man” – 21/11/20
USA – “Shh! Bears Sleeping” – 11/11/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

The Snowy Day - Penguin Random House

“The Snowy Day”
By Ezra Jack Keats

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “How To Be a Lion” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Corduroy Takes a Bow” – 11/6/20
Ireland – “Mr Gumpy’s Outing” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “Mr Gumpy’s Outing” – 2/11/20
USA – “The Snowy Day” or “The Spiffiest Giant in Town”– 11/6/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

Llama Llama Loves to Read - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Llama Llama Loves To Read”
By Anna Dewdney & Reed Duncan

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Eric Finds a Way” or “A Forest” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Llama Llama Loves to Read” – 11/4/20
Ireland – “Coat of Many Colors” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “Coat of Many Colors” – 30/10/20
USA – “Llama Llama Loves To Read” – 11/4/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

At the Mountains Base

“At the Mountain’s Base” By Traci Sorell &
Illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Only a Donkey” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Ella May & the Wishing Stone” – 11/2/20
Ireland – “We’re All Wonders” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “We’re All Wonders” – 9/11/20
USA – “At the Mountain’s Base” – 11/2/20

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” – 10/11/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/2/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 9/11/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/2/20

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” – 10/11/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/2/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 22/10/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 9/10/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/2/20

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.

Worldwide Facebook Premiere Of “The Library That Dolly Built”

Worldwide Facebook Premiere Of “The Library That Dolly Built”

“The Library That Dolly Built” is set to premiere on Facebook Live, December 9, at 7 PM EST followed by an acoustic performance by Dolly Parton with a special Q&A session.

In addition, the European premiere will be Thursday, December 10, at 7 PM GMT and the Australian premiere will be Friday, December 11, at 7 PM AEDT.

Dollywood and Abramorama in association with The Dollywood Foundation have partnered to present a free one-night-only live streaming world premiere event for “The Library That Dolly Built,” a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s non-profit program, the Imagination Library. The world premiere event is a free live stream screening of the film, exclusively on Facebook, available nationally on Wednesday, December 9, at 7 PM EST / 6 PM CST / 4 PM PST. The screening will be followed by a conversation with, and an acoustic performance, by Dolly Parton. Viewers can tune into the live screening and conversation on Facebook.com/dollysimaginationlibrary.

The European premiere will be Thursday, December 10 at 7 PM GMT. Renowned actress, writer and politician, Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE, will be on hand to kick off the evening. The Australian premiere will be Friday, December 11 at 7 PM AEDT, with the multi-award-winning husband and wife duo Mark and Jay O’Shea introducing the film. Dolly Parton will also host fan Q&A and give a special acoustic performance following both the European and Australian premieres.

The film features the music of Dolly Parton and is narrated by actress and author, Danica McKellar. It is produced by Land Grant Films, directed by journalism professor Nick Geidner, edited by video instructor Clinton Elmore and crewed by 15 University of Tennessee students. In talking about the documentary Dolly said,

“I am so excited that we can finally tell the whole story of the Imagination Library. It is certainly not just about me. Our story is the story of children, of families and communities who all share the dream to inspire kids to love to read and to love to learn. My hope is this documentary will encourage more towns, more states and even more countries to jump onboard. One thing is for sure, I think this is the best investment I have ever made!”

Official Worldwide Trailer

The Library That Dolly Built - Worldwide Premiere RSVP
The Library That Dolly Built - European Premiere RSVP
The Library That Dolly Built - Australian Premiere RSVP

The Imagination Library

Dolly created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for books and reading amongst the nation’s preschool children. Since its inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has grown into a global endeavor and recently hit a new milestone, gifting its 150 millionth book. The Imagination Library is currently gifting books to 1.7 million children around the world each month. This spring, Dolly participated in a weekly bedtime reading series, “Goodnight With Dolly,” presented across Facebook and YouTube which garnered more than 15 million views, exceeding all expectations.

The Documentary

“The Library That Dolly Built,” directed and produced by journalism professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner, and narrated by Danica McKellar, goes behind the scenes of Dolly Parton’s literacy-focused non-profit, Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has developed an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading. Imagination Library started as a gift for the children in Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee, and is now active in all 50 states, and 5 countries, gifting 1.45 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month. The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on the people through original interviews with authors, policymakers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton. Woven throughout the film is a biographical sketch of Dolly Parton, featuring rare photos and films from her childhood. Unlike most biographies of Dolly, it doesn’t focus on her music. Instead, it demonstrates that at every point in her career, any time she has had success, Dolly Parton has come back to Sevierville to give back to her people.

Evan Saxon, Head of Music at Abramorama stated,

“Dolly Parton is an amazing human, extremely generous in her time and resources, and the world is in a much better place because of her. Everybody at Abramorama is honored to be part of the team to bring this heart-warming documentary about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to fans around the world.”

Following the premiere, the film and the conversation with Dolly will be released nationwide as a Watch Now @ Home Cinema Release on December 11, and in early 2021 across multiple digital platforms.

The Joy Of Reading In The U.K.

The Joy Of Reading In The U.K.

Help deliver The Joy of Reading this Christmas

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the U.K. is on a mission to deliver The Joy of Reading to children in care this Christmas. In partnerships with local authorities, we currently gift around 3,000 books a month to children in care across England. With your help, we hope to increase the number of children enrolled in 2021.

During November and December, we’re launching The Joy of Reading in the U.K. to raise awareness and funds for our community-based Imagination Library programmes. The Joy of Reading will focus on helping fund books for enrolled children in care. One foster carer said,

“When the book arrives I let her open it, it’s the only correspondence any of the children get…She loves the experience of ripping open the plastic (it’s like a little birthday present) and seeing what the book is. She can’t read, so one of us reads it to her immediately and then it’s added to the book case for bedtime reads. I can honestly say it is the one thing that puts a smile on everyone’s face.”

Imagination Library books make a real impact on children’s lives. You can help deliver The Joy of Reading to a child in care by making a donation of any size to the Imagination Library. A small gift can make such a big difference.

When Considering Your Gift

● £2 – Gifts a book to one child
● £10 – Gifts a book to five children
● £25 – Gifts a full year of books to a child- one book every month
● £125 – Gifts the full Imagination Library to a baby from birth until they turn five – 60 books!

Three Easy Ways to Donate:

1. On our website: visit Imaginationlibrary.com/donate
Select GBP to donate in £ then please make a general donation – there’s no requirement to select a specific community partner. General donations made during The Joy of Reading campaign will help fund children in care who are enrolled.

2. Buy a Christmas Card or Gift: visit Making A Difference Cards
As part of this giving season, we’re delighted to announce that ‘Super Duper’ award-winning author/illustrator Sophy Henn has created two magical Christmas card designs exclusively for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library UK. Sophy’s books like ‘Edie’ and ‘Pass It On’ are much loved staples in the Imagination Library collection. So much so that she is one of the few authors with books featured on both the UK and USA booklists!

Access these specially designed cards and select either a general donation to give to children in care enrolled in the U.K. or one of our other community partners listed in the dropdown box. Every penny donated via our Christmas cards will go directly to buying books for a child in the UK.

3. Text Donation:
To directly support children in care enrolled in the U.K., you can donate £5 by texting BOOKGIFT to 70085. Each text costs the amount donated plus your standard message rate.

The Joy of Reading in the U.K.
Over 147 Million Free Books Gifted As Of October 2020

Over 147 Million Free Books Gifted As Of October 2020

In October, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,666,854 books. The total number of free books gifted as of October 2020, is 147,137,107!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

Pudgy Book of Mother Goose

“The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose”
By Richard Walz

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Baby Faces” – 16/10/20
Canada – “Anne’s Numbers” – 10/13/20
Ireland – “Baby Animals” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “Baby Animals” – 9/10/20
USA – “The Pudgy Book of Mother Goose” – 10/13/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Sassy Let's Count - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Sassy Let’s Count!”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “What’s That? At Home” – 16/10/20
Canada – “A Day With Nellie” – 10/12/20
Ireland – “What’s That at Home” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “What’s That at Home” – 9/10/20
USA – “Sassy Let’s Count!” – 10/12/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

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 2018
Australia – “Spider Iggy” – 19/10/20
Canada – “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” – 10/08/20
Ireland – “Meg’s Eggs” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “Meg’s Eggs” – 9/10/20
USA – “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” – 10/08/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

Corduroy Takes A Bow

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

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “My Uncle’s Doggy” – 19/10/20
Canada – “Solutions for Cold Feet” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “Box of Tricks” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “Box of Tricks” – 9/10/20
USA – “Corduroy Takes a Bow” – 10/27/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

Goldilocks & the Three Bears

“Goldilocks and the Three Bears”
By James Marshall

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Our Island” – 19/10/20
Canada – “This is Sadie” – 10/05/20
Ireland – “How to be a Lion” – 8/10/20
United Kingdom – “How to be a Lion” – 8/10/20
USA – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – 10/05/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

Carl and the Meaning of Life

“Carl and the Meaning of Life”
By Deborah Freedman

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek” – 19/10/20
Canada – “The Boy in Number Four” – 10/2/20
Ireland – “The Tiny Seed” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “The Tiny Seed” – 9/10/20
USA – “Carl and the Meaning of Life” – 10/2/20

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” – 19/10/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/2/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 9/10/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/2/20

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” – 19/10/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/2/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 9/10/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 9/10/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/2/20

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 145 Million Free Books Gifted As Of September 2020

Over 145 Million Free Books Gifted As Of September 2020

In September, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,649,339 books. The total number of free books gifted as of September 2020, is 145,470,253!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

Baby Sounds

“Baby Sounds”
By Joy Allen

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Baa Baa Black Sheep” – 16/9/20
Canada – “Checkers & Dot at the Zoo” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “Bedtime Baby” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “Bedtime Baby” – 7/9/20
USA – “Baby Sounds” – 9/21/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Kids Picture Show Vehicles - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Vehicles”
By Chieri DeGregorio & Steve DeGregorio

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Mr. Men Birthday Party” – 16/9/20
Canada – “Skinnamarink” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “In the Night Garden 1,2,3” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “In the Night Garden 1,2,3” – 7/9/20
USA – “Vehicles” – 9/17/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Sleep Train

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

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “The Hugs Book” – 16/9/20
Canada – “Sleep Train” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “Stanley the Postman” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “Stanley the Postman” – 7/9/20
USA – “Sleep Train” – 9/11/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

Edie is Ever So Helpful - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Edie Is Ever So Helpful”
By Sophy Henn

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Charlie and Lola Look After Your Planet” – 16/9/20
Canada – “King Mouse” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “The Magic Porridge Pot” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “The Magic Porridge Pot” – 7/9/20
USA – “Edie Is Ever So Helpful” – 9/8/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

The Ring Bearer June 2018

“The Ring Bearer”
By Floyd Cooper

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Annie’s Chair” – 16/9/20
Canada – “Sonya’s Chickens” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “Mabel and the Mountain” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “Mabel and the Mountain” – 7/9/20
USA – “The Ring Bearer” – 9/15/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

Max Explains Everything - Soccer Expert

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

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 16/9/20
Canada – “When the Moon Comes” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “Mr. Big” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “Mr. Big” – 7/9/20
USA – “Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert” – 9/1/20

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” – 16/9/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 7/9/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/2/20

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” – 16/9/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/1/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 7/9/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 7/9/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/1/20

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 143 Million Free Books Gifted As Of August 2020

Over 143 Million Free Books Gifted As Of August 2020

In August, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,664,543 books. The total number of free books gifted as of August 2020, is 143,820,914!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

The Pudgy Peek a Boo Book - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Baa Baa Black Sheep” – 24/8/20
Canada – “The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book” – 8/4/20
Ireland – “Is This My Nose?” – 4/8/20
United Kingdom – “Is This My Nose?” – 7/8/20
USA – “The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book” – 8/20/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Little Poems for Tiny Ears

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Curious Explorer’s Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z” – 24/8/20
Canada – “Little Poems for Tiny Ears” – 8/4/20
Ireland – “Little Book of Colours” – 4/8/20
United Kingdom – “Peppa Pig: Shapes” – 7/8/20
USA – “Little Poems for Tiny Ears” – 8/19/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Red House Tree House Itty Bitty Brown Mouse – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

“Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse” By Jane Godwin & Illustrated by Blanca Gómez

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Wolfie: An Unlikely Hero” – 24/8/20
Canada – “Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse” – 8/4/20
Ireland – “Edie” – 4/8/20
United Kingdom – “There’s a Monster in My Book” – 7/8/20
USA – “Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse” – 8/12/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

Hair Love - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book” – 24/8/20
Canada – “Hedgehog” – 8/4/20
Ireland – “100 Dogs” – 4/8/20
United Kingdom – “100 Dogs” – 5/8/20
USA – “Hair Love” – 8/10/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

The Beach is Loud – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

“The Beach Is Loud”
By Samantha Cotterill

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Just Jack” – 24/8/20
Canada – “Little Blue Chair” – 8/4/20
Ireland – “Families Families Families” – 4/8/20
United Kingdom – “Families Families Families” – 1/8/20
USA – “The Beach Is Loud” – 8/5/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

My Papi Has a Motorcycle – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

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

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Somewhere Else” – 24/8/20
Canada – “Red Sky at Night” – 8/4/20
Ireland – “Billy and the Beast” – 4/8/20
United Kingdom – “Billy and the Beast” – 7/8/20
USA – “My Papi Has a Motorcycle” – 8/3/20

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” – 24/8/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 8/4/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/8/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/8/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 8/3/20

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” – 24/8/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 8/4/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 4/8/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/8/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 8/3/20

New to the Imagination Library?

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Imagination Library Now Available Statewide in Delaware

Imagination Library Now Available Statewide in Delaware

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

Governor John Carney and First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney today joined Dolly Parton to announce the statewide expansion of her Imagination Library book gifting program and to encourage parents of young children across Delaware to participate.

“I am so excited to be working with Governor and First Lady Carney to bring my Imagination Library to children and families across Delaware!” said Dolly. “It takes visionary leaders to make this possible, and I can’t thank them enough. It is such an important time to share the gift of books and reading with as many children as we can, and I know Delaware families will love receiving a specially selected book in the mail each month.”

This expansion goes into effect immediately, making all Delaware children up to age five eligible for enrollment. Children whose parents enroll them with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library through Delaware libraries receive one new book in the mail each month from birth through age five at no cost, creating a personal library of as many as 60 books that can help form the foundation of a child’s early reading experience.

Books are selected by a national panel of early childhood literacy experts who review hundreds of children’s books each year and choose those that best fit the needs of children as they learn and grow.

“A healthy reading habit motivates, inspires and encourages creativity among children and adults alike,” said Delaware Governor John Carney. “One of the most important things we can do to improve childhood literacy is to give our children access to books, especially during this challenging time. It’s a simple but powerful idea. That’s why Delaware is proud to partner with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to improve literacy in our state. I want to thank our state librarian, Annie Norman, and my wife, Tracey, for spearheading this important effort in Delaware.”

Governor Carney announced a pilot launch of the Imagination Library program in five Delaware school districts in his 2020 State of the State address. Beginning in February, the Division of Libraries partnered with 13 local public libraries to make the program available to families within the pilot districts. So far, more than 3,800 children have been enrolled in the program and received more than 16,000 books.

First Chance Delaware

The Imagination Library program is also an important component of the First Chance Delaware initiative for children, led by First Lady Carney. The mission of First Chance Delaware includes promoting learning readiness through literacy and parent-child engagement.

“It’s a great privilege for me to serve as the honorary chair of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in Delaware,” said First Lady Carney. “The quantity and quality of early language experience, starting at birth, correlates to children’s academic success at ages nine and 10—the target of our state’s grade-level reading campaign—which then correlates to the likelihood of high-school graduation, which correlates to virtually every positive life outcome from then on. Expanding the Imagination Library program in Delaware is a great investment in our families and in our future.”

For public libraries across Delaware, the Imagination Library program will serve as a springboard for children and parents to engage with their local libraries, participate in library programming and take advantage of the many resources libraries have to offer.

“It’s never too early to start reading to children,” emphasized Delaware State Librarian Dr. Annie Norman. “Kids who read succeed! Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library helps develop the reading and library habit, a foundation for success throughout life.”

Parents who enrolled their children with the Imagination Library earlier this year through pilot school districts have already reported positive results, especially in light of the changes to daily lives and routines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The books we have received have helped a lot with his vocabulary and his ability to express himself,” said Lewes mom Ashely Durden about her son Quentin, who has been enrolled in the Imagination Library Program for the last two years. “Thank you for bringing reading to everyone in our district and our state; it’s a really great resource to get new books to children at a very young age.”

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Tune In Alert! Watch Dolly Parton On “CBS This Morning” Aug. 17

Tune In Alert! Watch Dolly Parton On “CBS This Morning” Aug. 17

A new School Matters series on “CBS This Morning” will feature Dolly Parton on Monday, Aug. 17.

The founder of the Imagination Library, Dolly Parton will be a featured guest on “CBS This Morning” on Aug. 17, during the 8 AM (EST) hour as part of the show’s new School Matters series.

 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifts a free, high-quality book to registered children each month. Every year, a specially selected panel of early childhood literacy experts reviews hundreds of potential titles for inclusion in the Imagination Library. This panel takes great care in choosing books that meet the different needs of children as they progress from birth to age five. To date, the Imagination Library has gifted over 140 million free books to children around the world. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development.

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If you are a parent or guardian of a child under five years old who is not registered in the program, search below to see if the Imagination Library is available in your community.

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Sets New Enrollment Records

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Sets New Enrollment Records

A record number of new registrations was set back in March of 2020 and projections show September will top it!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has seen steady growth since launching in 1995. The program has celebrated many milestones over the years including the 100th Millionth Book Dedication at the Library of Congress in 2018. Now the Imagination Library has already seen one record-breaking month in March and with totals already counted, that record will be broken again in September.

In March, new child registrations totaled 77,885. In September of 2020 (because the program runs one month ahead) new child registrations will exceed 78,000. Remember, these are new children registered into the program for a single month. To date, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gifted 141,840,454 free books to children around the world.

Special thanks to the program’s local affiliates who are made up of dedicated individuals, many who volunteer their time, to help bring free books to the children in their communities.

If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 5 years old who is not yet registered, use the Check Availability tool below to see if the program is available in your area.

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“Goodnight With Dolly”

Dolly Parton made good use of her time during the nationwide shutdown. She released a video series called “Goodnight with Dolly” featuring weekly readings of specially selected books from the program. Dolly welcomes the viewers and introduces the title, author and illustrator. Snuggled in bed with her Imagination Library book, Dolly shares stories that are just right for this moment in time. The series is a personal gift from Dolly to all families. Free of charge but not free from obligation as the message will be to pass on the love and keep hope alive because we are all “Together, You and I.”

This exclusive video series is available free of charge online until August 31, 2020.

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