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?

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 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.

Over 141 Million Free Books Gifted As Of July 2020

Over 141 Million Free Books Gifted As Of July 2020

In July, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,609,703 books. The total number of free books gifted as of July 2020, is 141,840,454!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

Look At The Animals- Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Look at the Animals”
By Peter Linenthal

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “The Dream Bird” – 6/7/20
Canada – “Look At the Animals” – 7/6/20
Ireland – “Bathtime Baby” – 6/7/20
United Kingdom – “Bathtime Baby” – 6/7/20
USA – “Look at the Animals” – 7/6/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

The Home Builders- Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“The Home Builders”
By Varsha Bajaj

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “There’s A Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake” – 6/7/20
Canada – “The Home Builders” – 7/6/20
Ireland – “Where’s Spot” – 6/7/20
United Kingdom – “Where’s Spot” – 6/7/20
USA – “The Home Builders” – 7/6/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Play With Me- Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Play With Me”
By Marie Hall Ets

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “There’s A Monster in Your Book” – 6/7/20
Canada – “Nancy Knows” – 7/6/20
Ireland – “My Book of Numbers, Shapes and Colours” – 6/7/20
United Kingdom – “My Book of Numbers, Shapes and Colours” – 6/7/20
USA – “Play With Me” – 7/6/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

Max and the Tag Along Moon

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

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Dream Little One, Dream” – 6/7/20
Canada – “Fox and Raccoon” – 7/6/20
Ireland – “Who’s Going to Bed?” – 6/7/20
United Kingdom – “Who’s Going to Bed?” – 6/7/20
USA – “Max and the Tag-Along Moon” – 7/6/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

The First Strawberries - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Something Wonderful” – 6/7/20
Canada – “Encounter” – 7/6/20
Ireland – “You Choose Space” – 6/7/20
United Kingdom – “You Choose Space” – 6/7/20
USA – “The First Strawberries” – 7/6/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

Fly Butterfly - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Fly, Butterfly” By Bonnie Bader

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Hello From Nowhere” – 6/7/20
Canada – “The Golden Glow” – 7/2/20
Ireland – “The Story of Alison Hubble” – 6/7/20
United Kingdom – “Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave” – 6/7/20
USA – “Fly, Butterfly” – 7/2/20

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” – 6/7/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/1/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/7/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 6/7/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/1/20

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” – 6/7/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/1/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 6/7/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 6/7/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/1/20

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 140 Million Free Books Gifted As Of June 2020

Over 140 Million Free Books Gifted As Of June 2020

In June, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,608,926 books. The total number of free books gifted as of June 2020, is 140,230,751!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

Who Says Quack

“Who Says Quack?”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – 11/6/20
Canada – “Look! Look!” – 6/1/20
Ireland – “Baby Touch B&W: Animals” – 1/6/20
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch B&W: Animals” – 1/6/20
USA – “Who Says Quack?” – 6/11/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

I Love My Daddy Because

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “The Terrible Plop” – 11/6/20
Canada – “1,2,3″ – 6/1/20
Ireland – “Hello Jemima” – 1/6/20
United Kingdom – “Hello Jemima” – 1/6/20
USA – “I Love My Daddy Because” – 6/11/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Tomorrow I'll Be Brave - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave”
By Jessica Hische

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “My Book of Numbers, Shapes and Colours” – 11/6/20
Canada – “Too Much, Not Enough” – 6/1/20
Ireland – “Shark in the Park on a Windy Day” – 1/6/20
United Kingdom – “Shark in the Park” – 1/6/20
USA – “Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave” – 6/11/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

Daniel's Good Day

“Daniel’s Good Day”
By Micha Archer

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Who’s Going To Bed” – 11/6/20
Canada – “You’re In Good Paws” – 6/1/20
Ireland – “Brothers Forever” – 1/6/20
United Kingdom – “Brothers Forever” – 1/6/20
USA – “Daniel’s Good Day” – 6/8/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

A Father's Love

“A Father’s Love”
By Hannah Holt & Illustrated by Yee Von Chan

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Something Wonderful” – 11/6/20
Canada – “Darkest Dark” – 6/1/20
Ireland – “When I Grow Up: Firefighter” – 1/6/20
United Kingdom – “When I Grow Up: Firefighter” – 1/6/20
USA – “A Father’s Love” – 6/3/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

Blue Sky White Stars June 2018

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

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Jack and Mia” – 11/6/20
Canada – “Mo’s Mustache” – 6/1/20
Ireland – “Choose Llama” – 1/6/20
United Kingdom – “Choose Llama” – 1/6/20
USA – “Blue Sky, White Stars” – 6/2/20

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” – 11/6/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/1/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/6/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/6/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/1/20

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” – 11/6/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/1/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 1/6/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/6/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/1/20

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.

“Goodnight With Dolly” Special Finale & 10-Set Book Giveaway

“Goodnight With Dolly” Special Finale & 10-Set Book Giveaway

“Goodnight With Dolly” finale Thursday, June 4, honors affiliates and includes a chance for viewers to win all 10 books from the series.

Dolly Parton will close her 10-week bedtime reading series with a special finale episode that includes a tribute to the more than 1700 local organizations that offer her Imagination Library to children in their community. Since inception in 1995, the Imagination Library through its local affiliates has gifted more than 138 million books to preschool children and is currently gifting books to 1.6 million children around the world each month. For 9 weeks, families gathered around to enjoy the incredible “Goodnight With Dolly” series. In this special finale, it was paramount to highlight the Imagination Library’s local affiliates. After the final episode airs, families will have the chance to share photos of themselves watching for a chance to win an autographed set of all 10 “Goodnight with Dolly” books.

Dolly Parton said,

“The local affiliates are the heart and soul of the Imagination Library. They work hard every day to raise the funds to make sure the books remain free to all of the children enrolled in the program. I am thrilled this series has meant so much to so many families across the world. I hope our finale episode, ‘Pass It On,’ will be another way for us to transform this moment of hardship into more love and more kindness.”

Book Giveaway

In addition to this special 10th and final episode, the Imagination Library would like to celebrate this incredible series with a new book giveaway. Publicly share a photo of your family watching the “Goodnight with Dolly” finale, on Facebook or Instagram, for your chance to win all 10 books from the series autographed by Dolly Parton. To enter, use #GoodnightWithDolly in your post.
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“The Library That Dolly Built”

The finale concludes with the re-release of the trailer for the documentary “The Library That Dolly Built.” The film was scheduled for a nationwide release on April 2, 2020, but was postponed because of the spread of COVID-19. The film will be released in late September of 2020. “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 more than 1.6 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.

Over 138 Million Free Books Gifted As Of May 2020

Over 138 Million Free Books Gifted As Of May 2020

In May, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,592,283 books. The total number of free books gifted as of May 2020, is 138,621,825!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

Pudgy Pat A Cake - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“The Pudgy Pat-A-Cake Book”
By Terri Super

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Whose Feet?” – 12/5/20
Canada – “My First Songs” – 5/5/20
Ireland – “Baby Touch: Faces” – 5/5/20
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch: Faces” – 4/5/20
USA – “The Pudgy Pat-A-Cake Book” – 5/13/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Sassy Baby's First Words

“Sassy: Baby’s First Words”
By Dave Aikins

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Peppa Pig’s First Glasses” – 12/5/20
Canada – “Where’s Baby” – 5/5/20
Ireland – “Baa Baa Black Sheep” – 5/5/20
United Kingdom – “Baa Baa Black Sheep” – 4/5/20
USA – “Sassy: Baby’s First Words” – 5/13/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

One Leaf Two Leaves

“One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me”
By John Micklos Jr. and Clive McFarland

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Big Rain Coming” – 12/5/20
Canada – “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me” – 5/5/20
Ireland – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 5/5/20
United Kingdom – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 4/5/20
USA – “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me” – 5/8/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

I Just Want to Say Goodnight

“I Just Want to Say Good Night”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Nickle Nackle Tree” – 12/5/20
Canada – “The Secret Life of Squirrels” – 5/5/20
Ireland – “Follow the Trail: Minibeasts” – 5/5/20
United Kingdom – “Follow the Trail: Minibeasts” – 4/5/20
USA – “I Just Want to Say Good Night” – 5/5/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

Raccoon On His Own - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Raccoon on His Own”
By Jim Arnosky

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Miss Lily’s Fabulous Pink Feather Boa” – 12/5/20
Canada – “Albert’s Quiet Quest” – 5/5/20
Ireland – “All Join In” – 5/5/20
United Kingdom – “All Join In” – 4/5/20
USA – “Raccoon on His Own” – 5/4/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

Last-Stop-On-Market-Street

“Last Stop on Market Street” By Matt de la Peña or “Caterina and the Lemonade Stand” By Erin Eitter Kono

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Chocolate Cake” – 12/5/20
Canada – “Colette’s Lost Pet” – 5/5/20
Ireland – “The Last Wolf” – 5/5/20
United Kingdom – “The Last Wolf” – 4/5/20
USA – “Last Stop on Market Street” or “Caterina and the Lemonade Stand” – 5/1/20

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” – 12/5/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/5/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/5/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 4/5/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/1/20

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” – 12/5/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/5/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 5/5/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 4/5/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/1/20

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 137 Million Free Books Gifted As Of April 2020

Over 137 Million Free Books Gifted As Of April 2020

In April, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,577,823 books. The total number of free books gifted as of April 2020, is 137,029,542!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

Baby Talk

“Baby! Talk!”
By Penny Gentieu

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Australia – “Five Little Ducks” – 9/4/20
Canada – “Baby! Talk!” – 4/3/20
Ireland – “Baby Touch: Colours” – 3/4/20
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch: Colours” – 3/4/20
USA – “Baby! Talk!” – 4/22/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

Corduroys Shapes

“Corduroy’s Shapes”
By Mary Jo Scott & Illustrated by Lisa McCue

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Colour for Curlews” – 9/4/20
Canada – “Counting with Barefoot Critters” – 4/3/20
Ireland – “Stanley’s Numbers” – 3/4/20
United Kingdom – “Stanley’s Numbers” – 3/4/20
USA – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 4/20/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Just Like My Brother Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Just Like My Brother”
By Gianna Marino

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “A River” – 9/4/20
Canada – “Peanut Butter & Cupcake” or “Following Papa’s Song” – 4/3/20
Ireland – “Rosie’s Walk” – 3/4/20
United Kingdom – “Rosie’s Walk” – 3/4/20
USA – “Just Like My Brother” – 4/17/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

The Rabbit Listened

“The Rabbit Listened”
By Cori Doerrfeld

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “The Great Garden Mystery” – 9/4/20
Canada – “Carson Crosses Canada” – 4/3/20
Ireland – “Pete’s a Pizza” – 3/4/20
United Kingdom – “Pete’s a Pizza” – 3/4/20
USA – “The Rabbit Listened” – 4/13/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

The Night is Yours - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/4/20
Canada – “Teddy Bear of the Year” – 4/3/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/4/20
United Kingdom – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/4/20
USA – “The Night Is Yours” – 4/6/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

Eat Pete - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Eat Pete” By Michael Rex or “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
By Beatrix Potter

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “The Other Brother” – 9/4/20
Canada – “The Not So Great Outdoors” – 4/3/20
Ireland – “Baby on Board” – 3/4/20
United Kingdom – “Baby on Board” – 3/4/20
USA – “Eat Pete” or “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 4/3/20

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” – 9/4/20
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/3/20
Ireland – “TiN” – 3/4/20
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 3/4/20
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/1/20

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Over 137 Million Free Books Gifted As Of April 2020

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Starting School” – 9/4/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 4/3/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 3/4/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 3/4/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 4/1/20

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.

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