In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by giving each child one free, age-appropriate book per month from birth to age 5. To foster a love of reading in preschool children and ensure that every child born has books, regardless of their family’s income.The program has seen phenomenal success and has grown to over 72 million free books delivered throughout 4 countries.
A community must make the program accessible to all preschool children in their area. The community pays for the books and mailing, promotes the program, registers the children, and enters the information into the database.
From there The Dollywood Foundation takes over and manages the system to deliver the books to the home. You can find out more of the operational details on other pages in this website – so what are you waiting for! Hundreds of communities are providing books to hundreds of thousands of children.
You can sign up through the link above or by following the link on our "About Your Libraries" page.
Quotes from our Patrons:
"My oldest daughter is 13. When she was little we signed up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. I have loved to read all my life and wanted her to find the same joy that I have. After a couple of years of her sitting on the books while I tried to read them to her, she finally gave up and learned to enjoy mommy reading to her. She also was reading on her own before she started kindergarten. Now she reads pretty much anything she can get her hands on that interests her and I can hardly get her to put a book down for long. My two youngest have also enjoyed reading their books monthly. They were like little gifts just for them to be read over and over....and over...again. They too were reading by age 5 and are at least one grade level ahead on reading in school We still enjoy reading every night at bedtime, and sometimes these books are still read for class homework. My oldest wonders if she can sign up again but get books for teens? Wouldn't that be awesome! We defenitely love our library!"
~The Jordan Family~