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.

Over 135 Million Free Books Gifted As Of March 2020

Over 135 Million Free Books Gifted As Of March 2020

In March, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,552,472 books. The total number of free books gifted as of March 2020, is 135,451,719!

Group 1 Children Born in 2020

Where's Ellie? by Salina Yoon

“Where’s Ellie?”
By Salina Yoon

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Where’s Ellie?” – 3/3/20
Ireland – “Baby Touch Colours” – 3/3/20
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch: B&W Faces” – 3/3/20
USA – “Where’s Ellie? – 3/26/20

Group 2 Children Born in 2019

When the Elephant Walks

“When the Elephant Walks”
By Keiko Kasza

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Baby Love: Toys that Go” – 26/3/20
Canada – “When the Elephant Walks” – 3/3/20
Ireland – “Stanley’s Numbers” – 3/3/20
United Kingdom – “Whose Feet?” – 3/3/20
USA – “When the Elephant Walks” – 3/26/20

Group 3 Children Born in 2018

Little Excavator

“Little Excavator”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Uno’s Garden Counting Book” – 26/3/20
Canada – “Little Excavator” – 3/3/20
Ireland – “Rosie’s Walk” – 3/3/20
United Kingdom – “Do Dare Duck” – 3/3/20
USA – “Little Excavator” – 3/18/20

Group 4 Children Born in 2017

Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th Anniversary Edition - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Very Hungry Caterpillar” By Eric Carle or “My Dog Laughs”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Max” – 26/3/20
Canada – “My Dog Laughs” – 3/3/20
Ireland – “Pete’s a Pizza” – 3/3/20
United Kingdom – “The Giant Junperee” – 3/3/20
USA – “Very Hungry Caterpillar” or “My Dog Laughs” – 3/20/20

Group 5 Children Born in 2016

Bunny's Book Club

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

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Hair Love” – 26/3/20
Canada – “Bunny’s Book Club” – 3/3/20
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/3/20
United Kingdom – “Hair Love” – 3/3/20
USA – “Bunny’s Book Club” –3/4/20

Group 6 Children Born in 2015

Spend It by Cinders McLeod - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Spend It!”
By Cinders McLeod

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “First Fab Facts Planet Earth” – 26/3/20
Canada – “Spend It!” – 3/3/20
Ireland – “Baby on Board” – 3/3/20
United Kingdom – “First Fabulous Facts: Planet Earth” – 3/3/20
USA – “Spend It!” – 3/12/20

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

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Over 135 Million Free Books Gifted As Of March 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” – 26/3/20
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/3/20
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 3/3/20
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 3/3/20
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/2/20

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.

The Imagination Library Presents “Goodnight with Dolly”

The Imagination Library Presents “Goodnight with Dolly”

The Book Lady has a new weekly storytime series called “Goodnight with Dolly”

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is excited to present Dolly Parton’s new weekly read-aloud video series called “Goodnight with Dolly.” The Book Lady sits down to read books from the Imagination Library to children and families.

“Goodnight with Dolly” launches on April 2, 2020. This 10-week series will focus on comforting and reassuring children during the shelter-in-place mandates. Dolly hopes these videos will provide a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest and also inspire a love of reading and books in the hearts of the children who see them. Dolly said,

“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right. I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think.”

“Goodnight with Dolly” features several of the Imagination Library’s wonderful books including “The Little Engine That Could.” Watty Piper’s classic tale of a determined little engine has been an inspiration to generations. This year marks the 90th Anniversary of “The Little Engine That Could.” For many years the story has been a source of inspiration for Dolly and it is the welcome book that all newly registered children in the United States and Canada receive when they sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Additional titles will include “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” by Loren Long, “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney, “I Am a Rainbow” by Dolly Parton, “Pass It On” by Sophy Henn, “Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon” by Patty Lovell, “Violet the Pilot” by Steve Breen, “Max & The Tag-Along Moon” by Floyd Cooper, “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña and “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton.

Once a week for 10 weeks at 7:00 PM EST, The Book Lady will deliver her story with the program available across the Imagination Library, Dolly Parton, World Choice Investments, and Dollywood channels. The read alongs will be 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.

Documentary Release Date Reset

The Library That Dolly Built documentary initially set for a 335+ screen release on 4/2/20 will be rescheduled for nationwide release the week of 9/21/20, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of The Imagination Library.

Regarding the film’s release, Dolly said,

“Although it was the right thing to do, postponing the screening of our documentary was a disappointment. So many of our Imagination Library affiliates had organized events around the nationwide screenings, however things do have a way of working out so the documentary will still have its day.”

“The Little Engine That Could”

Copyright 1976, 1961, 1954, 1945, 1930 by Penguin Random House, LLC. Illustrations copyright 2020 by Penguin Random House, LLC.

“The Library That Dolly Built” Nationwide Theatrical Release Fall 2020

“The Library That Dolly Built” Nationwide Theatrical Release Fall 2020

Over 300 theaters set to premiere “The Library That Dolly Built” in fall 2020, with a special appearance by Dolly in New York.

Dollywood and Abramorama in association with The Dollywood Foundation have partnered to release “The Library That Dolly Built,” The film takes a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The one-night event will integrate with Imagination Library affiliate partners in multiple communities around the country. It’s set for screenings in over 300 locations coming fall 2020.

Dolly Attending Premier In New York

In New York City, the film will premiere at the Sillas SVA Theater, hosted by United Way of New York City and featuring an appearance by Dolly Parton. Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for books and reading amongst the nation’s preschool children. Since inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 135 million books to children and is currently gifting books to 1.45 million children around the world each month.

Dolly Parton said, “I always felt we owed the world a better and deeper understanding of the Imagination Library but the stars never quite aligned. When Nick Geidner came to us with his unique vision and talent, I knew the time had come to make this film. I am a charter member of the Dream More Club so with the help of Abramorama, Dollywood and all of our community partners, we hope to make a big splash in theaters all across the country on April 2. We have come a long way but there is so much left to do!”

Box Office Sales Benefit Local Affiliates

The Imagination Library affiliates screening the film on April 2, 2020, will receive 50% of the box office proceeds to further their year-round efforts. Timed to the nationwide screening event of “The Library That Dolly Built” and the NYC premiere screening, Sheena Wright, President & CEO United Way of New York City, will be announcing a significant expansion of UWNYC’s ReadNYC: Books from Birth initiative, the affiliate initiative for Imagination Library efforts in New York City.

Abramorama commented, “Dolly Parton is an American icon well beyond her musical and acting talents. Her vision to tackle illiteracy with her foundation has improved the lives of millions of children and will continue to do so for years to come. All of us at Abramorama are honored to collaborate with Dollywood, The Dollywood Foundation and Imagination Library to help get the story of Dolly’s literacy program to fans around the world. Amazing as her foundation is, only one person on this planet can say she’s gifted over one-hundred-million books to children…Dolly Parton!”

 

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.

March is National Reading Month and the Imagination Library will screen an exclusive clip from “The Library That Dolly Built” at the Fourteenth Annual The Power of Women Making a Difference awards luncheon at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on March 4th to further promote the message that reading to children is one of the most important steps to better prepare children for a lifetime of learning.

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