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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a program that mails out children a free book each month from birth up until 5 years old. These are high-quality books that are chosen by experts in the education and writing field and are based on the child's age.

This program's mission is to foster a love of learning in children, making the experience fun and meaningful. Since its inception in 1995, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has grown to be available in over 1,700 local communities and sends free books to over 1 million children.

Types of Books Available from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The free books available from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library are a mixture of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction for children. Children will get a book appropriate for their age on different subjects like rhyming, nursery rhymes, letters, safety, diversity, and school preparation. You can find the concepts and themes for each age group for more details.

The free books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library strive to showcase diversity, help build self-confidence, and show the importance of the arts and its impacts on the world. In the past, the free books have included The Little Engine That Could, Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!The Bug Book, Piece is an Offering, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Pretend, The First Strawberries, Violet the Pilot, Jake at Gymnastics, Plenty of Love to Go Around, and Last Stop on Market Street.

How to Get Free Books From Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

To see if the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is available in your area, visit the availability page and choose your country and enter your zip code. If the program is available for you, go through the steps of registering your child.

You might be told at this point that the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library isn't available in your area. If this is the case, they'll tell you how you can get this program going for your community. You may be told that online registration isn't available but you'll be given a contact person so you can register manually.

If you can register online in your area, you'll be taken to a form that you can submit asking for your mailing address and information about your child. If you prefer to not register online, you can contact your local affiliate to sign up your child.

When to Expect Your First Free Book

Every month your child will receive a new book from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in the mail. Be sure that you have entered your correct mailing address and email address so your books can be mailed to you and they can get ahold of you if there are any questions.

Getting the Most Out of the Imagination Library

You can make the most out the free books from the Imagination Library by checking out the parent resources that includes reading tips for each age range and printable worksheets and stories.

Limits to Be Aware Of

Children living in participating communities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom are eligible to get free books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Children are eligible to receive free books from birth up to the age of 5.

Starting a Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Locally

The Imagination Library is supported by local organizations and individuals who want to volunteer their time helping children in their community get free books. You can find more information about starting a program, which includes a video and a quick start guide. You'll also be put in contact with a regional representative who will help you get the process going.

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