Which children are eligible?

All children under the age of five will be eligible to receive books. We will roll out registration by individual zip codes. As of March 2015, we will be providing services in the Five Points area of Denver in Zip Code 80205. As funding is secured, we will expand to include additional zip codes in the Denver Metro area.

How do you register an eligible child?

Registration can be completed online or by completing and returning a registration brochure. Please go to the Registration Page on the Imagination Library website for complete information about registering your child.

Is it really free?

Yes! Imagination Library of Denver, in conjunction with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, was intended as a gift to all children, therefore it is absolutely free.

Who pays for this program?

This program is sponsored by Paradies Shops, service clubs, business, and individuals. 

Why are books available to all children verses just to those families who can’t afford books?

This is a gift to all of our children. It is our community uniting to give children the gift of reading. Like all gifts to children, you cannot choose one over another. We never want children to feel left out or singled out; therefore, the books are for all the children in the community.

When will the books arrive?

Allow 8 – 12 weeks for the first book to be delivered after registering your child.

Not all books are shipped at the same time. Households enrolling children of different ages should expect books for each child to arrive at different times.

What if I have multiple children?

All eligible children in the Five Points area may be registered for this program, even if a sibling is also registered.

Who will use my child’s name and address?

Only the Dollywood Foundation for the express purpose of mailing the books. You and your child's name and address will never be shared, sold, or used for any purpose other than mailing books or parent surveys to study how we can make our program better. 

How are the books selected?

A national committee of childhood education experts selects the books for the Imagination Library, which has included such well-loved classics as The Little Engine That Could, Spot Goes to the Farm, Snowy Day, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.

The committee also determines an age-appropriate timeline for book themes including: visual and playful stimulation in year one; repetition and body awareness in year two; love, colors, and letters in year three; diversity of others and poetry in year four; and finally riddles, science, and appreciation in year five.

New titles are introduced each year so younger siblings may not receive the exact same books as their older siblings.

If I move, will the books be forwarded?

No. Due to the postage class, books can not be forwarded. Please contact us as soon as possible with your new address and phone number and we will update our database to ensure your child continues to receive their books!