Over 180 Million Free Books Gifted As Of April 2022

In April, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,983,466 books. The total number of free books gifted as of April 2022, is 180,548,415!

Group 1 Children Born in 2022

The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book

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

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2022
Canada – “The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book” – 4/1/22
Ireland – “Baby Touch Colours” – 6/4/22
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch Colours” – 6/4/22
USA – “The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book” – 4/22/22

Group 2 Children Born in 2021

Sassy Baby's First Words

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Skinnamarink” – 4/1/22
Ireland – “Is That You, Little Bear?” – 6/4/22
United Kingdom – “Is That You, Little Bear?” – 6/4/22
USA – “Sassy: Baby’s First Words” – 4/25/22

Group 3 Children Born in 2020

Green Tractor

“Green Tractor”
By Kersten Hamilton& Illustrated by Valeria Petrone

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Green Tractor” – 4/1/22
Ireland – “Spot Can Count” – 6/4/22
United Kingdom – “Spot Can Count” – 6/4/22
USA – “Green Tractor” – 4/20/22

Group 4 Children Born in 2019

2021-Baby Builders

“Baby Builders”
By Elissa Haden Guest & Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Carson Crosses Canada” – 4/1/22
Ireland – “Max the Brave” – 6/4/22
United Kingdom – “Max the Brave” – 6/4/22
USA – “Baby Builders” – 4/15/22

Group 5 Children Born in 2018

Gwendolyns Pet Garden

“Gwendolyn’s Pet Garden”
By Anne Renaud & Illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Gwendolyn’s Pet Garden” – 4/1/22
Ireland – “Ladybird First Favourite Tales: The Three Billy Goats Gruff” – 6/4/22
United Kingdom – “Ladybird First Favourite Tales: The Three Billy Goats Gruff” – 6/4/22
USA – “Gwendolyn’s Pet Garden” – 4/13/22

Group 6 Children Born in 2017

2022-Drop

“Drop”
By Emily Kate Moon

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Drop” – 4/1/22
Ireland – “Billy and the Dragon” – 6/4/22
United Kingdom – “Billy and the Dragon” – 6/4/22
USA – “Drop” – 4/6/22

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Little Engine That Could - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/1/22
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/4/22
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 6/4/22
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/1/22

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 4/1/22
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 6/4/22
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 6/4/22
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 4/1/22

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 178 Million Free Books Gifted As Of March 2022

In March, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,958,620 books. The total number of free books gifted as of March 2022, is 178,564,949!

Group 1 Children Born in 2022

Pudgy Pat A Cake - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“The Pudgy Pat-a-cake Book”
By Terri Super

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2022
Canada – “The Pudgy Pat-a-cake Book” – 3/1/22
Ireland – “Baby Touch B&W Faces” – 28/2/22
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch B&W Faces” – 28/2/22
USA – “The Pudgy Pat-a-cake Book” – 3/18/22

Group 2 Children Born in 2021

Corduroy's Shapes

“Corduroy’s Shapes”
By Don Freeman and MaryJo Scott

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 3/1/22
Ireland – “Baby Touch: Vehicles” – 28/2/22
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch: Vehicles” – 28/2/22
USA – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 3/21/22

Group 3 Children Born in 2020

Just Like My Brother

“Just Like My Brother”
By Gianna Marino

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Too Much Not Enough” – 3/1/22
Ireland – “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” – 28/2/22
United Kingdom – “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” – 28/2/22
USA – “Just Like My Brother” – 3/17/22

Group 4 Children Born in 2019

Play With Clay

“Play With Clay!”
By Jenny Pinkerton

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Hedge Hog” – 3/1/22
Ireland – “It Was Bedtime In The Jungle” – 28/2/22
United Kingdom – “It Was Bedtime In The Jungle” – 28/2/22
USA – “Play With Clay!” – 3/11/22

Group 5 Children Born in 2018

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

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

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Albert’s Quiet Quest” – 3/1/22
Ireland – “Ned and the Hamster Race” – 28/2/22
United Kingdom – “Ned and the Hamster Race” – 28/2/22
USA – “When the Storm Comes” – 3/7/22

Group 6 Children Born in 2017

Old Rock is not boring

“Old Rock (is not boring)”
By Deb Pilutti

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “The Not-So-Great Outdoors” – 3/1/22
Ireland – “Look Up!” – 28/2/22
United Kingdom – “Look Up!” – 28/2/22
USA – “Old Rock (is not boring)” – 3/24/22

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Little Engine That Could - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/1/22
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 28/2/22
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 28/2/22
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/4/22

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/1/22
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 28/2/22
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 28/2/22
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/7/22

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.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is Expanding Statewide in Washington!

The Imagination Library will soon be available to all children under five in Washington!

United Ways of the Pacific Northwest (UWPNW) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) join Dolly Parton on National Read Across America Day to announce the Washington statewide expansion of her namesake Imagination Library book-gifting program. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books each month to children from birth to age five, free of charge through funding shared by local community partners.

“I am so excited to be working with Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal and United Ways of the Pacific Northwest to bring my Imagination Library to more children and families across Washington! Together we can inspire a love of reading that will last a lifetime,” said Dolly. 

Dolly Parton started the program in 1995 as a way to distribute books to the impoverished Tennessee county where she grew up. The state of Tennessee quickly adopted the program statewide. Since then, the nonprofit program has expanded into five countries. Washington is the eleventh state to commit to achieving statewide coverage, with the latest development happening this week, as the Washington legislature voted final passage of House Bill 2068 that will recognize Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as a statewide program with one last stop, Governor Inslee’s desk for signature.

Goals for Expansion

Through this statewide expansion effort, books will be made available free to children ages birth to five years old in every county in Washington, regardless of the families’ income. Washington’s Imagination Library has 28 operating affiliates covering portions of the 39 counties in Washington, and 17,000 eligible children in the state are receiving free books through these existing programs.

“We’re thrilled to be able to expand literacy in Washington through this partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and UWPNW,” said State Superintendent Chris Reykdal. “We know the birth to five age range is a critically important time in reading development and expanding access to underserved areas across the state will help set up the next generation of readers for success.”

The statewide expansion effort, led by UWPNW’s Executive Director of Washington Imagination Library, Brooke Fisher-Clark will partner with current local program affiliates and assist in establishing new programs in all 39 Washington’s counties. Programs in every county ensure that every early learner is eligible to register. Prospect affiliates must be a 501c3 nonprofit. Interested parties should reach out to Fisher-Clark at [email protected]. Affiliates receive a monthly 50 percent match funding support to assist in growing enrollments. The expansion funding is made possible by OSPI who has contracted with UWPNW to lead the expansion efforts.

“This is so exciting for the children and families of our state! This program will help uplift our communities with its short and long-term proven results and will show the world our children and their opportunities to learn and succeed is our priority as Washingtonians,” said Fisher-Clark.

Register a Child

To enroll Washington children or get involved, go to www.imaginationlibrarywashington.org. Check back often to see if Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has an affiliate in your area or stay tuned to expansion progress and news!

February 2022 Total Books Gifted - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

In February, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,935,803 books. The total number of free books gifted as of February 2022, is 176,606,329!

Group 1 Children Born in 2022

Sassy Bedtime for Baby

“Sassy: Bedtime for Baby”
By Grosset & Dunlap

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2022
Canada – “Good Morning Farm Friends” – 2/4/2022
Ireland – “My First Body” – 28/1/22
United Kingdom – “My First Body” – 28/1/22
USA – “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” – 2/21/2022

Group 2 Children Born in 2021

The Pudgy Where is Your Nose Book

“The Pudgy Where is Your Nose? Book”
By Laura Rader

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Anne’s Colors”– 2/4/22
Ireland – “Hey Duggee: The Tooth Brushing Badge” – 28/1/22
United Kingdom – “Hey Duggee: The Tooth Brushing Badge” – 28/1/22
USA – “The Pudgy Where is Your Nose? Book” – 2/25/22

Group 3 Children Born in 2020

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“I Hear a Pickle”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Wild Babies” – 2/4/22
Ireland – “Each Peach Pear Plum” – 28/1/22
United Kingdom – “Each Peach Pear Plum” – 28/1/22
USA – “I Hear a Pickle” – 2/23/22

Group 4 Children Born in 2019

A Story for Small Bear

“A Story for Small Bear”
By Alice B. McGinty & Richard Jones

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “A Story For Small Bear” – 2/4/22
Ireland – “How to be a Lion” – 28/1/22
United Kingdom – “How to be a Lion” – 28/1/22
USA – “A Story For Small Bear” – 2/18/22

Group 5 Children Born in 2018

Find Fergus

“Find Fergus”
By Mike Boldt

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Teddy Bear of the Year” – 2/4/22
Ireland – “Quentin Blake’s ABC” – 28/1/22
United Kingdom – “Quentin Blake’s ABC” – 28/1/22
USA – Find Fergus” – 2/15/22

Group 6 Children Born in 2017

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
By Beatrix Potter

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Fairy Science” – 2/4/22
Ireland – “Whale in a Fishbowl” – 28/1/22
United Kingdom – “Whale in a Fishbowl” – 28/1/22
USA – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 2/4/22

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

Little Engine That Could - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/4/22
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 28/1/22
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 28/1/22
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/1/22

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/4/22
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 28/1/22
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 28/1/22
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/2/22

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.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Kicks Off Province-Wide Expansion in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Imagination Library plans for a big expansion for children under 5 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Building a foundation for learning is the most important gift we can provide our children! The Dollywood Foundation of Canada received a generous donation to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to children ages 0-5 in Newfoundland and Labrador. The donor wishes to remain anonymous but intends these funds to help start new programs over the next three years. Enrolled children receive a new, high-quality, age-appropriate book in the mail, monthly from birth until the child’s fifth birthday, at no cost to families.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation of Canada, was started by legendary singer, songwriter, businesswoman and humanitarian, Dolly Parton. Inspired by her father’s inability to read or write, Dolly began the program in 1995 with the aim of sharing a love of reading and learning with children of all backgrounds. Through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, books are mailed to children from birth to age 5, free of charge, regardless of their family’s income. Since inception, the program has gifted over 174 million books to children in five countries and currently mails over 1.9 million books every month.  ora Briggs, Executive Director, said,

“We are excited to expand the Imagination Library, which will help us get books into the homes, hands and hearts of many more children across Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Get Your Community Involved

Local community champions are needed to set up partnerships throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Local partners are the heart of the program! They promote the program online and at in-person events, fundraise, and enroll children who live within their geographical area. Partner examples include businesses, school districts, service clubs, libraries, and local foundations.

A recent affiliate in Newfoundland in the New World Island/Twillingate area is off to a great start with more than 90% of eligible children registered. According to Carolyn Clarke, Community Champion, “Start-up was smooth and easy, and children have received their first book”.

“We have had so many people reach out to us to start a program in Newfoundland and Labrador over the years, Jeanne Smitiuch, Regional Director, reported. “We are so thrilled to expand in such an impactful way”.

Learn More

Get your community involved and promote the program to ensure that every child is eligible to register to receive free books. Visit imaginationlibrary.com/newfoundlandlabrador/ to check availability, donate, or find out how you can get involved and Start a Program in your community!

January 2022 Total Books Gifted - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

In January, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,918,219 books. The total number of free books gifted as of January 2022, is 174,670,526!

Group 2 Children Born in 2021

2022-Good-Morning-Farm-Friends

“Good Morning, Farm Friends” 
By Annie Bach

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Good Morning, Farm Friends” – 1/10/22
Ireland – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – 4/1/22
United Kingdom – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – 4/1/22
USA – “Good Morning, Farm Friends” – 1/24/22

Group 3 Children Born in 2020

I Am A Rainbow by Dolly Parton

“I Am a Rainbow”br />By Dolly Parton & Illustrated by Heather Sheffield

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “I Am a Rainbow” – 1/10/22
Ireland –“ Shark in the Dark” – 4/1/22
United Kingdom – “Shark in the Dark” – 4/1/22
USA –“ I Am a Rainbow” – 1/28/22

Group 4 Children Born in 2019

2022-My-Dog-Laughs

My Dog Laughs”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Solutions for Cold Feet” – 1/10/22
Ireland – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – 4/1/22
United Kingdom – “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – 4/1/22
USA – “My Dog Laughs” – 1/20/22

Group 5 Children Born in 2018

Milo's Hat Trick - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Milo’s Hat Trick” 
By on Agee

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “The Darkest Dark” – 1/10/22
Ireland – “Funnybones” – 4/1/22
United Kingdom – “Funnybones” – 4/1/22
USA – Milo’s Hat Trick” – 1/14/22

Group 6 Children Born in 2017

2022-Spend-It

“Spend It!”
By Cinders McLeod

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Count On Me” – 1/10/22
Ireland – “Fidget the Wonder Dog” – 4/1/22
United Kingdom – “Fidget the Wonder Dog” – 4/1/22
USA – “Spend It!” – 1/10/22

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

Little Engine That Could - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The Little Engine That Could”
Written by atty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/10/22
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could “- 4/1/22
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 4/1/22
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/4/22

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 1/10/22
Ireland -“ The Selfish Giant” – 4/1/22
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 4/1/22
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 1/4/22

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.

December 2021 Total Books Gifted - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

In December, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,927,849 books. The total number of free books gifted as of December 2021, is 172,752,307!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

2022-I-Love-You-Spot

“I Love You, Spot” 
By Eric Hill 

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Same Same” – 12/1/21
Ireland – “What Can You See, Spot?” – 1/12/21
United Kingdom – “What Can You See, Spot?” – 1/12/21
USA – “I Love You, Spot” – 12/14/21

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

2022-Good-Night-Gorilla

“Good Night, Gorilla” 
By Peggy Rathmann 

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada –nbsp;“A Northern Alphabet” – 12/1/21
Ireland – “Roald Dahl: Shapes” – 1/12/21
United Kingdom –&“Roald Dahl: Shapes” – 1/12/21
USA – “Good Night, Gorilla” – 12/13/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

2021-Llama-Llama-Gram-and-Grandpa

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa” – 12/1/21
Ireland – “Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly” – 1/12/21
United Kingdom – “Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly” – 1/12/21
USA – “Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa” – 12/15/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

2021-The-Snowy-Day

“The Snowy Day”
By Ezra Jack Keats

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Counting on Snow” – 12/1/21
Ireland – “Follow the Trail Winter Wonderland” – 1/12/21
United Kingdom – Follow the Trail Winter Wonderland” – 1/12/21
USA – “The Snowy Day” – 12/22/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

2022-Coat-of-Many-Colors

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

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Coat of Many Colors” – 12/1/21
Ireland – “Poems Out Loud” – 1/12/21
United Kingdom – “Poems Out Loud” – 1/12/21
USA – “Coat of Many Colors” – 12/13/21

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

Little Engine That Could - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/12/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/12/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/2/21

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 1/12/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/12/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/2/21

New to the Imagination Library? 

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

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The Imagination Library will soon be available to all children under five in Colorado!

 Governor Jared Polis, Education Commissioner Katy Anthes and the Imagination Library of Colorado joined American icon Dolly Parton during National Family Literacy Month to announce the Colorado statewide expansion of her namesake Imagination Library book-gifting program. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books each month to children from birth to age five, free of charge through funding shared by local community partners.

“I’m so excited to be working with Governor Polis, the Department of Education, and our Colorado state partner to bring my Imagination Library to more children and families across Colorado! Together we can gift a love of reading that will last a lifetime,” said Dolly. 

Goals for Expansion

The goal of the statewide expansion is to make books available to children ages 0-5 in every zip code in Colorado. Colorado has 30 programs covering portions of Colorado’s 64 counties. Currently, four percent of eligible children in the state are receiving books through existing community-based programs.

“One of my goals is to make Colorado the very best state for children and families, and the Imagination Library embodies our commitment to make sure that every child and family thrives. We know that the most important factor in a child’s success is an early introduction to books,” Governor Polis said. “We are proud now to connect our kids with the resources they need to succeed through this statewide expansion.”

In year one of the expansion, the Imagination Library of Colorado will:

  • Form partnerships with local community organizations. These local partners/affiliates are the heart of the program. They promote the program online and at in-person events, fundraise, and enroll children who live within their geographical area. A local program affiliate must be a 501(c)(3), though several organizations may form a coalition of support and leadership. Examples include businesses, school districts, service clubs, local foundations, etc. To learn more about becoming a local program affiliate, contact Pam Hunsaker at  [email protected] .
  • Assist with program start-up and enrollment strategies in local communities.
  • Build and sustain strong statewide partnerships to assure long-term sustainability of the overall initiative.

“Ensuring that students are reading at grade level by third grade is one of our most important priorities here at the Department of Education,” said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “It will be so exciting for children and families to get a book delivered to their home every month, and we know it will help children develop a lifelong love of reading and set them up for success in school. We are so grateful to the partners who are expanding the Imagination Library program statewide, including the governor, the state legislature, the State Board of Education and of course, The Dollywood Foundation. 

“We are grateful for the strong bipartisan effort to ensure that all children in Colorado, from ages zero to five, will have the opportunity to enhance and enrich their lives with books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, ” said Jack Tate, CEO of the Imagination Library of Colorado. “Like a ground-breaking ceremony, we celebrate beginning the hard work ahead forming partnerships with additional community based organizations so we can get books to all eligible Colorado children.”

Register a Child

Learn more and enroll now by visiting  imaginationlibrarycolorado.org and don’t forget to check back as we expand programs across the state!

March 2021 Total Books Gifted - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

In November, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,898,217 books. The total number of free books gifted as of November 2021, is 170,824,458!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

Llama Llama Hide & Seek

“Llama Llama Hide & Seek”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey” – 11/1/21
Ireland – “Baby Touch: Feelings” – 1/11/21
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch: Feelings” – 1/11/21
USA – “Llama Llama Hide & Seek” – 11/9/21

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

Sassy: Let's Count

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

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “Ready for Winter” – 11/1/21
Ireland – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s ABC” – 1/11/21
United Kingdom – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s ABC” – 1/11/21
USA – “Sassy: Let’s Count” – 11/19/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

Shh Bears Sleeping - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Sam Sorts” – 11/1/21
Ireland – “Stanley’s Train” – 1/11/21
United Kingdom – “Stanley’s Train” – 1/11/21
USA – “Shh! Bears Sleeping” – 11/24/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

The Three Little Pigs

“The Three Little Pigs”
By Carly Gledhill

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “The Three Little Pigs” – 11/1/21
Ireland – “Super Duper You” – 1/11/21
United Kingdom – “Super Duper You” – 1/11/21
USA – “The Three Little Pigs” – 11/8/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

Llama Llama Loves to Read

“Llama Llama Loves to Read”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Plenty of Love to Go Around” – 11/1/21
Ireland – “Never Show A T-Rex A Book!” – 1/11/21
United Kingdom – “Never Show A T-Rex A Book!” – 1/11/21
USA – “Llama Llama Loves to Read” – 11/18/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

At the Mountains Base

“At the Mountain’s Base”
By Traci Sorell & Illustrated by  Weshoyot Alvitre /h3>
Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “When the Moon Comes” – 11/1/21
Ireland – “Otto the Book Bear in the Snow” – 1/11/21
United Kingdom – “Otto the Book Bear in the Snow” – 1/11/21
USA – “At the Mountain’s Base” – 11/8/21

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

Little Engine That Could - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/11/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/11/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/4/21

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 1/11/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/11/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/4/21

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

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In October, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifted over 1,879,443 books. The total number of free books gifted as of October 2021, is 168,926,241!

Group 1 Children Born in 2021

Baby Sounds

“Baby Sounds”
By Joy Allen

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2021
Canada – “Anne’s Numbers” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “Baby Sparkle Baby Animals” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “Baby Sparkle Baby Animals” – 1/10/21
USA – “Baby Sounds” – 10/11/21

Group 2 Children Born in 2020

Llama Llama Red Pajama

“Llama Llama Red Pajama”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2020
Canada – “A Day with Nellie” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “What’s That at Home” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “What’s That at Home” – 1/10/21
USA – “Llama Llama Red Pajama” – 10/27/21

Group 3 Children Born in 2019

Shh Bears Sleeping - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

“Shh! Bears Sleeping”
By David Martin & Illustrated by Steve Johnson  nd Lou Fancher /h3>
Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Canada – “Snow Falls” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “Meg’s Eggs” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “Meg’s Eggs” – 1/10/21
USA – “Shh! Bears Sleeping” – 10/18/21

Group 4 Children Born in 2018

Corduroy Takes a Bow

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

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Solutions for Cold Feet” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “Box of Tricks” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “Box of Tricks” – 1/10/21
USA – “Corduroy Takes a Bow” – 10/19/21

Group 5 Children Born in 2017

Brick by Brick

“Brick by Brick”
By Heidi Woodward Sheffield

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “On The Trapline” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “Families Families Families” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “Families Families Families” – 1/10/21
USA – “Brick by Brick” – 10/11/21

Group 6 Children Born in 2016

Old Rock is not boring

“Old Rock (is not boring)”
By Deb Pilutti

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “Bobby Orr and the Hand Me Down Skates” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “We’re All Wonders” – 1/10/21
United Kingdom – “We’re All Wonders” – 1/10/21
USA – “Old Rock (is not boring)” – 10/5/21

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

Little Engine That Could - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/9/21
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 10/1/21

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/1/21
Ireland – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/9/21
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/9/21
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 10/1/21

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

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