How The Imagination Library Program Works
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a program designed to get books in the hands of kids and their families, and to foster the love of reading and books.
1. A parent or guardian needs to register their child online or a drop off site.
2. Next, the child will receive 1 free book in the mail every month from the time they sign up until their 5th birthday. It takes 8-12 weeks for the first book to arrive.
The first book is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper (Dolly Parton’s favorite), and the rest are tailored to the child’s age. For example, babies will receive hard bound books and 4 ½ year olds will receive paperback books. Each book is chosen by educational and literacy experts.
Audio and Braille Books
How Books are Chosen
The books mailed to each child are chosen by a panel of children's books experts, with themes and concepts appropriate to each age group. Take a look at Themes and Concepts shared in the Imagination Library program, and the Book Committee.