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March Mailing Brings Total Free Books Mailed to 88 Million

March Mailing Brings Total Free Books Mailed to 88 Million

In March, we sent 1,069,568 books, which brings the total number of free books mailed to 88,552,961! You can inspire a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2017

“Sassy: Bedtime for Baby”

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” – 3/1/17
United Kingdom – “Things That Go” – 1/3/17
USA – “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” – 2/3/17

Group 2
Children Born in 2016

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “Dog Wants to Play” – 3/1/17
United Kingdom – “In the Night Garden: A Lovely Present” – 1/3/17
USA – “I Love My Daddy Because…” or “Dog Wants to Play” – 3/10/17

Group 3
Children Born in 2015

“The Hueys in What’s The Opposite?”
By Oliver Jeffers

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Canada – “Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa” or “Just One More” – 3/1/17
United Kingdom – “My World, Your World” – 1/3/17
USA – “The Hueys in What’s The Opposite?” – 3/9/17

Group 4
Children Born in 2014

“Pretend”
By Jennifer Plecas

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Canada – “Pretend” – 3/1/17
United Kingdom – “Three Billy Goats” or “How Many Sleeps ‘Til My Birthday?” – 1/3/17
USA – “Pretend” – 3/3/17

Group 5
Children Born in 2013

“The First Strawberries”
Retold By Joseph Bruchac & Pictures By Anna Vojtech

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Canada – “The First Strawberries” – 3/1/17
United Kingdom – “Bedtime for Monsters” or “Mr. Big” or “Tinga: Why Lions Roar” – 1/3/17
USA – “The First Strawberries” – 3/6/17

Group 6
Children Born in 2012

“Violet the Pilot”
By Steve Breen

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2012
Canada – “Violet the Pilot” – 3/1/17
United Kingdom – “The Dudgeon is Coming” – 1/3/17
USA – “Violet the Pilot” – 3/2/17

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
By Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/1/17
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/3/17
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/1/17

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/1/17
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/3/17
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/1/17

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.

£1 Million Dream Fund Award To Imagination Library – UK

£1 Million Dream Fund Award To Imagination Library – UK

£1 Million Dream Fund Award To Imagination Library – UK

Dollywood Foundation project wins £1 Million funding in the UK!

The Dream Fund selected the Story Starters project- a collaboration between Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Beanstalk and LuCid at the University of Liverpool to receive £1 Million ($1.2 Million).

The funding announcement was made on 24th January at People’s Postcode Lottery’s annual Charity Gala, held in Edinburgh’s Prestonfield House. The event was a celebration of the £66.3 million awarded to charities in 2016 thanks to players of the charity lottery.

Ambassador Jeff Brazier and Managing Director/Head of Marketing for People’s Postcode Lottery UK, Lorna Menzies presented the check to the Regional Director of the Imagination Library UK- Kirsteen Watson, CEO of Beanstalk- Ginny Lunn, and Deputy Director of LuCiD- Professor Julian Pine.

The funding will result in the recruitment and training of 600 Story Starter volunteers to give one-to-one support, with high-quality books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to 1,800 children between 3 and 5 years old, creating an innovative approach to learning. LuCid will carry out expert education evaluation. If successful, the programme will be rolled out to 15,000 children over the next 5 years. Dolly Parton said,

“It seems only right that dreamers like us have been acknowledged by the Dream Fund! I am so grateful for their confidence in our partnership and I promise we will do everything in our power to make sure our children’s
dreams do come true.”

The Dollywood Foundation UK was one of several organizations who were recognized by the Dream Fund whose offerings totaled £2.5 million in 2017. Charitable organizations in Great Britain (Scotland, England or Wales) were eligible to apply. According to the Dream Fund website applicants are encouraged to be “innovative, creative and original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream’.” Previous winners have included Building Our Dreams, Edible Playgrounds and Energy Gardens.

With thanks to North Lincolnshire Council & East Coast Pictures for some of the footage in this film.

Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends over one million free books to registered children living in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the UK alone, there are over 90 local champions who help make this dream possible. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Imagination Library’s launch in the United Kingdom.

Special thanks to Beanstalk and LuCiD for partnering with the Imagination Library in this effort. Also, thank you to People’s Postcode Lottery.

Beanstalk is a national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading ability and confidence.

The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) is a five-year research collaboration working with partners from across the world to transform our understanding of how children learn to communicate with language.

Over 1 Million Free Books Mailed In February

Over 1 Million Free Books Mailed In February

In February, we sent 1,042,895 books, which brings the total number of free books mailed to 87,483,393! You can inspire a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2017

“Whose Baby Am I?”
By John Butler

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Whose Baby Am I?” – 2/1/17
USA – “Whose Baby Am I?” – 2/3/17

Group 2
Children Born in 2016

“Night-Night, Forest Friends”
By Annie Bach

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “Night-Night, Forest Friends” – 2/1/17
United Kingdom – “If You See a Kitten” – 1/2/17
USA – “Night-Night, Forest Friends” – 1/20/17

Group 3
Children Born in 2015

“Jake at Gymnastics”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Canada – “ABCers” – 2/1/17
United Kingdom – “Dear Zoo” – 1/2/17
USA – “Jake at Gymnastics” – 2/9/17

Group 4
Children Born in 2014

“Truck Stop”
By Anne Rockwell; Illustrated By Melissa Iwai

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Canada – “Truck Stop” – 2/117
United Kingdom – “Meg’s Veg” – 1/2/17
USA – “Truck Stop” – 2/7/17

Group 5
Children Born in 2013

“Plenty of Love to go Around”
By Emma Chichester Clark

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Canada – “Plenty of Love to go Around” – 2/1/17
United Kingdom – “Slug Needs a Hug” – 1/2/17
USA – “Plenty of Love to go Around” – 2/2/17

Group 6
Children Born in 2012

“As an Oak Tree Grows”
By G. Brian Karas

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2012
Canada – “The Boy in Number Four” or “Ella May and the Wishing Stone” – 2/1/17
United Kingdom – “Something Else” – 1/2/17
USA – “As an Oak Tree Grows” – 1/17/17

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
By Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/1/17
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/2/17
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/12/17

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/1/17
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/2/2017
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 1/13/17

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.

January Mailing Brings Total Free Books Mailed To Over 86 Million

January Mailing Brings Total Free Books Mailed To Over 86 Million

Happy New Year!

It’s a new year and a new month and we are very excited to send this selection of books to over one million children around the world. In January, we are sent 1,021,498 books, which brings the total number of free books mailed to 86,440,498! You can inspire a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
By Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/3/17
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 10/1/17
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/30/16

Group 2
Children Born in 2016

“Corduroy’s Shapes”

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 1/3/17
United Kingdom – “Peppa goes to the Library” – 10/1/17
USA – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 1/11/17

Group 3
Children Born in 2015

“Following Papa’s Song”
By Gianna Marino

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Canada – “Following Papa’s Song” – 1/3/17
United Kingdom – “Hairy Maclary’s Bone” – 10/1/17
USA – “Following Papa’s Song” – 1/9/17

Group 4
Children Born in 2014

“Old Bear and His Cub”
By Olivier Dunrea

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Canada – “Old Bear and His Cub” – 1/3/17
United Kingdom – “Peas” – 10/1/17
USA – “Old Bear and His Cub” – 1/5/17

Group 5
Children Born in 2013

“Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon”
By Patty Lovell; Illustrated By David Catrow

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Canada – “Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon” – 1/3/17
United Kingdom – “Stuck in the Mud” – 10/1/17
USA – “Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon” – 1/6/17

Group 6
Children Born in 2012

“Last Stop On Market Street”
Words By Matt de la Peña & Pictures By Christian Robinson

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2012
Canada – “Last Stop On Market Street” – 1/3/17
United Kingdom – “Worried Arthur: The Noisy Night” – 10/1/17
USA – “Last Stop On Market Street” – 1/3/17

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 1/3/17
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 10/1/17
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/30/16

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.

Opryland Tree Earns Over $5K For Imagination Library

Opryland Tree Earns Over $5K For Imagination Library

Dolly Parton inspired tree at Opryland’s Parade of Trees earns over $5,000 for the Imagination Library!

Opryland’s Parade of Trees auction included a beautifully decorated Dolly Parton-inspired tree benefiting her Imagination Library. “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” provided the theme for the 2016 tree.

The online auction opened on Nov. 11 and closed on Dec. 31. The highest bid came in at $5,025.00. The lucky bidder will receive the Dolly Parton sponsored tree, the decorations and a host of prizes including:

  • 2-night stay in Dolly’s luxurious penthouse apartment at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa
    Admission for 2 to Dollywood
  • $200 Gift Card to the spa at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa
  • 2 tickets to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
  • 2 limited edition Coat of Many Colors ornaments
  • 2 signed copies of Dolly’s new children’s book “Coat of Many Colors”
  • 2 signed copies of “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” DVDs

Dolly Parton joined her fellow country music artists including Loretta Lynn, Diamond Rio and the Nashville Ballet in this star-studded effort to raise money and awareness for their favorite charities. Parade of Trees is part of A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland. This free, self-guided tour featured 14 spectacularly decorated trees throughout the resort’s nine acres of indoor gardens.

Dolly’s Pigeon Forge Concert Earned $500K For Imagination Library And Celebrated A Milestone

Dolly’s Pigeon Forge Concert Earned $500K For Imagination Library And Celebrated A Milestone

Dolly’s Pure & Simple Tour stop in Pigeon Forge raised $500,000 for the Imagination Library and celebrated the program’s One Million A Month Milestone!

Dolly Parton came home to the Smokies for a sold-out concert benefiting her Imagination Library. During the performance, Dolly celebrated the program’s “One Million a Month” milestone by giving one child, Evey Johns from Conway AR, a $30,000 College Scholarship!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, began as a small community outreach in her native Sevier County, Tennessee. It has since evolved to become the largest literacy program in the world. In December of 2016, the “little literacy program that could” marked another impressive milestone—one million books gifted to children around the world each month.

To celebrate the unprecedented success, Evey Johns, a two-year-old from Conway, Arkansas who just enrolled in the Imagination Library, has been randomly selected to receive a $30,000 college scholarship. Dolly made the announcement during her Pure & Simple concert tour stop in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Nov. 15. Proceeds from the concert totaled $500,000 benefiting the Imagination Library. Dolly said,

“I thought long and hard about the best way to honor our achievement of reaching 1,000,000 children a month. The Imagination Library is all about inspiring dreams so what better way to pay tribute to this moment than by helping one special child pursue their college degree. So I am thrilled that today I can let the world know that precious, little Evey Johns of Conway, AR will receive a $30,000 scholarship for the college of her choice.”

The scholarship will be held in a special account and distributed to Evey when she enrolls in college. Over the next 16 years, the amount of scholarship should grow to approximately $50,000.

Award-Winning Authors Join In “One Million A Month” Milestone Celebrations

Award-Winning Authors Join In “One Million A Month” Milestone Celebrations

Dolly Parton commemorate the Imagination Library’s “One Million A Month” celebration with some help from a few distinguished children’s book authors.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library reached a historic milestone. As of October 2016, one million children are set to receive one free book every month! Dolly celebrated the “One Million A Month” achievement at her sold-out concert in Pigeon Forge, TN on Nov. 15.

Several award-winning authors and illustrators, whose books appear in the program, congratulated Dolly and the organization with special videos. Joining in the celebrations were Tomie dePaola (“Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose”), Matt de la Peña (“Last Stop on Market Street”*) and Jacky Davis & David Soman (“Ladybug Girl”).

Tomie dePaola – “Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose”

This award-winning author/illustrator has contributed his talents to nearly 250 books in his 40-year career. He discovered his love of storytelling at a young age and vowed to dedicate his life to creating beautiful books for children. His many accolades include the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution.

Matt de la Peña – “Last Stop on Market Street”*

Newbery Medal winner, Matt de la Peña is an advocate for diversity within children’s picture books. He authored several books for Young Readers before discovering his passion for children’s books after becoming a father.

Jacky Davis & David Soman – “Ladybug Girl”

Jacky Davis & David Soman are the creators of the beloved “Ladybug Girl” book series. This creative couple enjoys sharing a love of reading with their children, Lucy and Sam, who together inspired Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy.

*Matt de la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” is illustrated by Christian Robinson.

Dolly Parton License Plate Benefits Imagination Library

Dolly Parton License Plate Benefits Imagination Library

Official Dolly Parton License Plate now available to Tennessee residents with proceeds benefiting the Imagination Library.

Due to the overwhelming support of Tennessee residents during pre-sales, the Dolly Parton License Plate has been approved for production by the state. The Imagination Library received over 1,000 pre-orders for the Dolly Parton Tennessee License Plate and the plates are now in production.

Pre-ordered plates should start arriving at local County Clerk’s office in early 2017. Once the pre-ordered plates have been produced by the State of Tennessee, any Tennessee resident can purchase the Dolly Parton plate at your local County Clerk’s office.

Special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered plates in support of this effort!

Penguin To Publish “Coat of Many Colors” With All-New Illustrations

Penguin To Publish “Coat of Many Colors” With All-New Illustrations

Penguin Young Readers will publish Dolly Parton’s children’s book “Coat of Many Colors” with all-new illustrations by Brooke Boynton-Hughes.

Dolly Parton will publish “Coat of Many Colors,” a picture book for young readers, with Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, on October 18, 2016. The book, with all-new illustrations by Brooke Boynton Hughes, will feature “Making Fun Ain’t Funny,” a downloadable exclusive original song written by Dolly.

Using lyrics from her classic song “Coat of Many Colors,” and inspired by Dolly’s rural upbringing in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, the picture book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Dolly’s trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch.”

Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher, Grosset & Dunlap, said,

“As someone who grew up listening to Dolly Parton with my family, having this very special opportunity to work on the ‘Coat of Many Colors’ picture book has been a lifelong dream come true. The book—and the song, of course—really speaks to how important family and community is. And how vital it is to respect those around us and to be grateful for what we have. I believe this book is one that will be passed down for generations to come.”

Coat of Many Colors is the latest project in Dolly’s longtime mission to foster a love of reading in children from a young age. In 1988, she began the Dollywood Foundation to inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, care more, and be more. The Foundation’s signature program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, works with local affiliates to give every preschool child a book each month from birth to age five. The Imagination Library has gifted over 80 million books in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. The program has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Penguin Random House.

Following the publication of the book, NBC will air the sequel to last year’s hit television movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” In “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of Tennessee, face a devastating event that challenges their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever—with deepened faith and love for one another.

This summer, Dolly will embark on her “Pure & Simple” tour traveling to 60 cities across North America. The tour includes a stop in Pigeon Forge, TN on Nov. 15 benefiting Dolly’s Imagination Library.

Brooke Boynton Hughes is an artist and illustrator originally from Loveland, Colorado. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University and her MFA in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art. Brooke works on children’s books and travels around the country with her husband, Bill, and their dog, Olive.

Penguin Random House is the world’s most global trade book publisher. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Learn more about Dolly’s second children’s book “I Am a Rainbow.”

Happy International Children’s Book Day

Happy International Children’s Book Day

Today we celebrate International Children’s Book Day as we prepare to mail free books to hundreds of thousands of children around the world. Our founder, legendary icon, Dolly Parton fell in love with reading at a young age. Inspired by her father’s inability to read, Dolly launched her Imagination Library, a book gifting program for children in Sevier County, Tennessee. Her vision was to inspire a lifelong love of reading in children from birth. Dolly said,

“Because of the kindness and generosity of hundreds of local organizations and companies my little program continues to expand all around the world. You can never get enough books in the hands of enough children.”

What started as a local effort in Dolly’s home county, now spans four countries and has mailed more than 66 million free, age-appropriate books to children enrolled in the program. Titles include a multitude of popular children’s books beginning with Dolly’s personal favorite “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper.
*All titles published exclusively by Penguin Random House.

As the world celebrates this day devoted to children’s books, authors, illustrators, beloved characters and the joy they all bring, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is preparing its monthly shipment of over 800,000 free children’s books.

She may be the Queen of Country Music but to millions of children, Dolly Parton is affectionately known as The Book Lady, a title that brought her father great joy.

Watch as Dolly talks about starting the program and what it meant to her father.

This year alone, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States will mail over 9.5 million books.

*For a complete list of books to be mailed in 2015, click here.

 

 “Dream More, Learn More, Care More, Be More” –Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

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