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Themes & Concepts

Prevalent Themes and Focus of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library:

Inspiration & Imagination

Other Fundamental Themes of Regard:

Love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics

 

Each series of books should contain certain characteristics specific to its age appropriateness including:

Year 1

Group 1

The youngest children – newborns – ages 0 - < 1

Group 2

Ages < 1 – 1+ (turning 1)


  • Vision - bright, big, colorful
  • Touch - board pages
  • Rhyme and rhythm
  • Simple - easy to use
  • Minimal text - point and say
  • Playful sound
  • Nurture - attachment- lullaby themes
Year 2

Group 3

Ages < 2 – 2+ (Turning 2)


  • Continue concepts from year one and build upon them
  • Repetition and predictability - generate language
  • Books about daily routines, topics familiar to child
  • Use of real photo illustration
  • Body awareness
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Colors, letters, numbers
Year 3

Group 4

Ages < 3 – 3+ (Turning 3)


  • Wordless books - build your own story (reader and child)
  • Values and character
  • Issues - fear, conflict, love, safety
  • Colors, letters, numbers
  • Nursery rhymes
Year 4

Group 5

Ages < 4 – 4+ (Turning 4)


  • More complex stories - hero, complication, resolution
  • Diversity of others - faces, environment - OK to be different
  • Play, humor, fun
  • Nursery rhymes and poetry
Year 5

Group 6

The oldest children – graduating children – turning 5 – ages < 5 - 5


  • School preparation and readiness     
  • Use rebus (pictures used for words)
  • Science - non-fiction
  • Folk tales
  • Thank you, appreciation
  • Rhymes and poetry
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