Themes and Concepts: 

The two fundamental themes and concepts of Imagination Library is Inspiration & Imagination. 

The books work to promote:

  • 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 their age appropriateness including:

Year 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

  • Continue concepts from year one and build upon them
  • Repetition and predictability - generate language
  • Motor skills
  • “Self-help” activities - things children can do, things familiar in their daily life
  • Use of real photo illustration
  • Body awareness
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Colors, letters, numbers

Year 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

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

 Year 5

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

Audio & Braille Books

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) has partnered with American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH) to make many of the wonderful books in her program, available in braille and audio format so that young blind and visually impaired children can also benefit from these wonderful children's books. 

As of now, thanks to a collaborative effort between DPIL, APH and Penguin Group, USA, an ever expanding collection of titles will be available as free downloadable children's audio books and for those who prefer, there will be many titles available in braille from APH. These will be offered free-of-charge to eligible families and may be purchased at a low cost by all others. Click here for more information on DPIL's program